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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.

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

Confusing Apathy With Acceptance

January 08, 2013

In this post, Smitha S.S.—co-founder of Tejas, a self-advocacy group for women with disabilities and a fellow organization working for gender equality—sheds light on the importance of promoting gender equality at the legal and social level to put an end to these egregious violations of women’s rights. 

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Empowering Underrepresented Populations

October 18, 2012

In this podcast, Vasu Mohan, IFES deputy director for Asia, and Alan Wall, country director in Nepal tell us about IFES' work to empower underrepresented populations.

Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Elections for All: Empowering the Underrepresented

October 17, 2012

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees all individuals the freedom to partake in their nation’s government and political processes, including elections. Yet, many individuals around the world face barriers to full participation due to social, ethnic and economic inequalities. IFES’ programs empower these underrepresented populations to participate in political life in a variety of ways. This photo gallery provides some examples of our work in this area.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

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