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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) regularly disseminates press releases and statements on critical issues. Our senior representatives meet with policymakers around the world and are often called to testify on the impact of democracy assistance by U.S. lawmakers. We value every opportunity to highlight the importance of democracy assistance and the need for sustained support for our mission to give citizens a voice in how they are governed.


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15 Dec 2017 | Press Release

IFES today announced the departure of two members from its Board of Directors: the Hon. Barbara B. Kennelly, a Democrat who has been an IFES Board member since 2003 and served as vice-chair in...

14 Dec 2017 | Feature

As a global leader in democracy promotion, IFES recognizes the importance of cultivating the next generation of leaders and voters. In the spirit of cultivating this leadership more locally, IFES...

12 Dec 2017 | Feature

In 2011, IFES established the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) across Southeast Asia. A creative partnership between disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) and election-...

11 Dec 2017 | Feature

IFES and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December to further collaboration toward improving the prevention and resolution of violations...

8 Dec 2017 | Feature

IFES conducted interviews with representatives from the three different Macedonian electoral management bodies (EMBs) to understand from their perspective the status of women’s political...

8 Dec 2017 | Press Release

The president and CEO of IFES, William “Bill” Sweeney, announced his decision to step down from his current role by December 31, 2018. He has been IFES’ top executive since June 2009 and...

8 Dec 2017 | Feature

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) congratulates Tarana Burke, creator of the #MeToo movement, on being named one of TIME magazine’s “Silence Breakers,” and...

7 Dec 2017 | Feature

Reflecting on his 22 years with IFES, Senior Program Manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia Anthony Bowyer still firmly believes that the work of IFES matters. “I would ask younger colleagues...

6 Dec 2017 | Feature

Sri Lanka looks to hold local government elections in early 2018, which will introduce thousands of new women leaders as the country implements its first-ever women’s quota. There is a critical...

6 Dec 2017 | Feature

On November 26, 2017, Nepal held the first phase of its first national and state-level legislature elections since the promulgation of its new constitution on September 20, 2015. Voters headed to...

6 Dec 2017 | Feature

Collecting reliable data on state and political processes in insecure environments is a necessary first step to understanding and ultimately reducing violence. Gender shapes the data we collect,...

5 Dec 2017 | Feature

Collecting reliable data on state and political processes in insecure environments is a necessary first step to understanding and ultimately reducing violence. Gender shapes the data we collect,...