Elections to Watch in 2018
What’s Going on at IFES?
Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies. Explore some of this work through the 2018 IFES calendar, which features photos and stories about IFES’ mission and elections that have taken place around the world. The calendar also spotlights national and international holidays and includes space for note taking. Feel free to share with friends, family, colleagues, and fellow IFES supporters. As you plan for the new year, please also consider making a donation to IFES to ensure that every voice has a vote in 2018 and beyond.
Countering Hate Speech in Elections: Strategies for Electoral Management Bodies, authored by IFES' Technical Lead on Elections, Conflict, and Security Vasu Mohan and Senior Elections Specialist Catherine Barnes, aims to help electoral management bodies better understand the range of issues surrounding hate speech during the electoral cycle, the regulatory and non-regulatory options that may be brought to bear, and how to build partnerships with stakeholders to ensure that elections are free, fair, inclusive and safe.
On January 10, 2018, IFES Vice President of Programs Michael Svetlik provided testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He was invited to speak to Members of Congress about “Upcoming Elections in the Western Hemisphere: Implications for U.S. Policy,” in particular about the strengths of electoral institutions in the region and assistance provided by the U.S. government.
IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights
Through the Women Against Violence in Elections (WAVE) program, IFES is committed to empowering Bangladeshi women to end cycles of violence and become agents for change in peaceful elections. In her work as a business leader, and founder and president of the Bangladesh Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Selima Ahmed promotes equal opportunities for women. In this video interview, Ahmed describes her work with IFES’ WAVE program and encourages her fellow business leaders to promote positive change in Bangladesh.
In this Q&A, General Director Dr. Vladimir Paniotto of the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) – an organization IFES used to partner with to conduct its public opinion polling in Ukraine – discusses how the Euromaidan movement affected Ukrainians’ views on democracy, how public opinion polling can help strengthen democracy and what is unique about IFES’ public opinion polling project in Ukraine.
Iraq has undergone dramatic change in the past decade. The U.S.-led war in Iraq that began in 2003, and the subsequent de-Ba’athification process led by the Coalition Provisional Authority, spike in sectarianism, advancement by the Islamic State (IS) and push by the Kurds for independence, all continue to impact the country’s political and security environment. It is within this complex context that the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) worked in Iraq for the 12 years, providing capacity building for Iraq’s election system from 2003 until September 2015.