IFES Annual Report 2015

In our latest Annual Report we describe how IFES partners with election management bodies and civil society to ensure a vote for every voice. We are committed to protecting and promoting the right to vote as a fundamental human right.

What’s Going on at IFES?

On May 18, IFES Regional Director for Africa Rushdi Nackerdien testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “Democracy Support Strategies in Africa.” Nackerdien recommended that the U.S. Congress maintain and even increase American engagement with democracy and governance programming in Africa, with a particular focus on election assistance across the entire electoral cycle.

In this interview, IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney, IRI President Ambassador Mark Green, and NDI President Kenneth Wollack discuss how CEPPS’ collaborated during recent milestone elections in Myanmar, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) 2016 Photography Contest showcases photos of elections and democracy from around the world. We encourage submissions of photographs of marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities, women, youth, and ethnic and religious minorities, among others. While democracy promotion is a subjective theme, photos that capture the essence of IFES’ core areas – Electoral Integrity, Participation and Inclusion, Accountability, and Women's Empowerment – are highly favored.

IFES Champions #HerVoteHerVoice

In an effort to address this growing concern, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) plans to conduct an in-depth analysis of election management body (EMB) digital security practices and develop a diagnostic tool to help EMBs practice better digital security. 

With IFES support, the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) developed a draft Gender Equality Policy aimed at building the capacity of the CEC’s staff to create an environment for equal participation for women in the electoral process, ensuring its internal policies and practices support all staff, and developing relations with external stakeholders on gender equality. 

IFES seeks to address how men and women can work together in leadership, particularly when a country is in the midst of conflict or undergoing a political transition, by developing a Male Allies for Leadership Equality training curriculum. Following a first round of focus group discussions with Syrians living in Gaziantep, Turkey, IFES met with a wide variety of Nigerian stakeholders in an effort to understand if and how male and female leaders were working together given the progress Nigeria’s institutions have made on gender equality and women’s empowerment.