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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.

Angelina Jolie met with the Yangon participants of the She Leads training program on her recent trip to Myanmar as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador. She Leads is a training program implemented by Yaung Chi Thit, with the support of  IFES, that seeks to address the lack of women’s leadership at all levels of state and society and provide women with the skills and confidence to become leaders within their communities. 

IFES Making an Impact


years building sustainable democracy


countries in which IFES has worked


voters reached through civic education campaigns