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2014 IFES Photography Contest Winners and Finalists

October 16, 2014

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Photo Contest, highlighting the importance of democracy by capturing images from around the world that call attention to the electoral and political process. This year IFES received over 500 images and competition was tough.


Our four categories reflect IFES’ thematic work: Election Management; Electoral Integrity and Transparency; Citizen Participation; and Inclusion and Empowerment. A panel of photography and subject matter experts evaluated and judged the photos on relevance to the theme, photographic quality and ability to tell a story.

 

View the full-resolution images on Flickr.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 24, 2014

On September 23, 2014, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a conversation between IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney and the former Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI), S.Y. Quraishi. Sweeney and Quraishi discussed Quraishi’s book An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election, a first-person account of the recent electoral history of India and a must-read for those interested in understanding how the world's largest democracy works. Quraishi was also presented with the IFES’ prestigious Hutar Award, which honors those who express a commitment to improving democratic practices.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 23, 2014

Join International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Bill Sweeney in a conversation with former Chief Election Commissioner of India and author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election S.Y. Quraishi.

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 23, 2014

On September 23, 2014, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a conversation between IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney and the former Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI), S.Y. Quraishi. Sweeney and Quraishi discussed Quraishi’s book An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election, a first-person account of the recent electoral history of India and a must-read for those interested in understanding how the world's largest democracy works. Quraishi was also presented with the IFES’ prestigious Hutar Award, which honors those who express a commitment to improving democratic practices.

During the event, Sweeney marveled at the immense technical undertaking of elections in India, noting that as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of India, Quraishi oversaw elections that involved over 11 million Indian government personnel. Indeed, elections in India generate both wonder and interest globally. Polls have been held at regular intervals in the country since independence, and on an unprecedented scale, surmounting the massive challenges posed by the geography of the land and the diversity of the Indian populace.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

IFES Q&A with Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. SY Quraishi

May 20, 2014

As a former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. SY Quraishi has a deep understanding of the intricacies of how the world’s largest democracy works. He also has more than 35 years of experience in civil service. Dr. Quraishi is well known in India and abroad as a development thinker, for his inclusive style of leadership, and for bringing together wide varieties of groups and institutions to achieve the common objectives of development. In this Q&A, Dr. Quraishi discusses challenges the Election Commission of India (ECI) faces in preparing to conduct credible elections and shares lessons learned. India’s five-week general elections started on April 7.

All Election Management

A Rights-Based Approach to Electoral Security

April 24, 2014

In India, Maoist rebels killed 14 people in attacks in Chhattisgarh state as part of a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting the ongoing five-week national election in the world’s most populous democracy.

Election Security, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

IFES and the Indian Election Commission Partner for Global Impact

November 21, 2013

IFES has been working with the Election Commission of India to develop a curriculum for international courses and training modules offered by the commission’s recently-established Indian International Institute for Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM).

Institutional Development, All Election Management

IFES Alumni Goes Back to School, Looks to Level the Global Playing Field

October 16, 2013

Alexandra Matthews, a graduate student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, tells us what she learned about empowering the vulnerable while at IFES, and how this work inspired her studies.

Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Spring 2014 Book Preview: A New Dawn Breaks

October 16, 2013

By showcasing individual stories, this upcoming publication by IFES Deputy Director for Asia Vasu Mohan and Dr. Suraiya Tabassum, former lead specialist of IFES' Muslim Women's Initiative (MWI), investigates the marginalization of Muslim women in India.

Women's Empowerment, Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Chief Election Commissioner of India and IFES CEO Reaffirm Cooperation

July 23, 2013

Chief Election Commissioner of India V.S. Sampath and IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney met in Washington, D.C. on Monday to discuss the continuing working relationship between the two institutions.

Institutional Development, All Election Management