IFES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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In this edition of IFES’ “Dialogues on Democracy,” Editorial and Communications Manager Adam Gallagher and Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Ukraine Country Director Peter Erben discuss the role of technology in elections. For Erben, traditional thinking and approaches are fundamental to the successful and gradual implementation of election technologies. He also discusses some of the myths and misconceptions about the role of technology in elections and IFES’ approach to introducing new technology.

On November 7, 2017, IFES Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Zeinab Abdelkarim provided testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. She was invited to speak to Members of Congress about “Democracy and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa,” in particular about impediments to reforms and what Congress and the administration can do to better achieve democracy and governance goals in the region.

On November 2, 2017, staff held a party to celebrate the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) 30th anniversary and test their knowledge of current events, elections, geography, the 1980s, and IFES. Trivia teams included Crimea River and Very Obviously Trivia Experts (VOTE), with I Wanna Vote for Somebody coming out on top.

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.