U.S. Election Program and Seventh Global Elections Organization (GEO-7) Conference
November 6-10, 2016
What’s Going on at IFES?
As part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum in Dili, Timor-Leste, the ASEAN General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) organized a thematic workshop, entitled “A More Inclusive ASEAN Community: Upholding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Participate in Public Life,” on August 4, 2016. The workshop was led by representatives from four Southeast Asian countries highlighting their experiences and best practices of upholding the rights of persons with disabilities to participate as full and equal citizens in their country.
From August 24-26, 2016, IFES hosted the first ever governance workshop for members of Libya’s Washington D.C.-based diplomatic corps. The USAID-funded training provided the 17 members of the corps with tools and resources to bolster awareness among participants about the standards that are used globally to assess democratic governance and electoral processes.
To mark International Youth Day 2016, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) reaffirms its commitment to supporting inclusive and meaningful global youth engagement. CEPPS recognizes that young people around the world face incredible individual, socio-cultural, and institutional challenges as they navigate their transition from the dependence of childhood to active citizenship in adulthood.
IFES Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is presented each year in a special ceremony to one Democrat, one Republican and a member of the international community who demonstrate the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award’s namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honor Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) with its 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.
IFES will honor Nay Lin Soe, a disability rights advocate and founder and CEO of the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, with its 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. This is the first time that IFES has honored both a disability rights advocate and an Asian citizen with the Democracy Award.