30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights

What’s Going on at IFES?

IFES congratulates Burma/Myanmar Chief of Party Paul Guerin on receiving an Order of the British Empire for supporting fair and democratic elections in Burma. 

Elections to Watch in 2017 Featured Image

As an organization dedicated to helping citizens have a voice in elections and assisting institutions to deliver electoral processes with integrity, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems is currently working in over 25 countries around the world. This post discusses some of the most significant elections to watch in the coming year.

Twitter Campaign Highlights Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities Featured Image

To recognize the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) launched a Twitter campaign for the month of December that highlighted participation of disability rights advocates around the world.


Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview Featured Image

Electoral participation by internally displaced persons (IDPs) is a challenging undertaking, but one that is becoming increasingly relevant as current estimates indicate over 40 million IDPs worldwide. IFES’ “Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview” represents the culmination of intensive research, which is intended to further develop IDP electoral rights. IFES intends to utilize this information moving forward for implementation in its programming and to serve IDP populations globally by brining international attention to this important issue.

Women and Political Transition: The Risk of Replicating Inequality and the Fundamental  Need for Gender Parity in Decision-Making Featured Image

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes. 

The Hierarchy of Laws: Understanding and Implementing the Legal Frameworks that Govern Elections Featured Image

This paper is intended as a guide for election practitioners who are interpreting, developing, and implementing legal and regulatory frameworks for elections, and who should understand the hierarchy of these laws.