Country In Brief
IFES is implementing its USAID-funded Technical Assistance for Elections Support program through the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Specifically, IFES is working closely with the newly established Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit (DEAU) within the AU to effectively support national election commissions across the continent, as well as to create a pool of trained African electoral experts capable of effectively monitoring elections throughout Africa. Under IFES’s guidance, the Unit has become fully staffed and has taken charge of AU election observation missions since 2008. The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) are partnering with IFES on certain aspects of the program.
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