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From Indonesia to Tunisia, IFES was at the forefront of promoting democratic and human rights in 2014. We believe that the right to vote is a fundamental human right, as integral to robust and vibrant democracies as freedom of speech, assembly or the press. 

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honor former Chairman Attahiru Jega of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) with its 2015 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Joe C. Baxter Award recognizes the contribution of a professional whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomize the mission of IFES and embody the spirit of former IFES Senior Adviser for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter. Baxter had a firm commitment to the principles of local ownership, transparency and sustainability of electoral administration.

IFES Making an Impact


years building sustainable democracy


countries in which IFES has worked


voters reached through civic education campaigns