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22 Years Since Violeta Chamorro: Women’s Political Participation in Latin America Today

March 21, 2012

Rafael Lopez-Pintor, former IFES Chief of Party in Nicaragua and special adviser on the electoral cycle, talks to us about recent developments in the path to increased female political participation in Latin America and tells us how it compares to Violeta Chamorro’s tenure as Nicaragua’s—and the Americas’—first female president back in 1990.

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment

IFES Observes International Day of Democracy

September 15, 2009

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe September 15th as the International Day of Democracy. The preamble of the resolution affirmed that: "while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region...democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life."

Women's Empowerment, Elections, Public Opinion, Democracy Assistance, Civil Society

World Economic Crisis Impacts Elections in Latin America and the Caribbean

January 21, 2009

Democracy can be bolstered by aiding nations in their democratic processes. In the mid-1980's, international assistance began to be given to countries to build or consolidate democracy. This assistance included funding,

Election Procedures, Democracy Assistance, Electoral Systems, Elections

Program Helps Nicaraguans Probe Politicians' Finances

January 03, 2008

Giselle Poveda knew IFES’ political finance program in Nicaragua was making a difference when a politician gave an unexpectedly frank answer at a public forum in Matagalpa. A woman had just stepped up to the podium and asked the representative where his party was getting the money to finance his campaign.

IFES to Conduct Census of Nicaraguans with Disabilities

October 01, 2007

IFES and Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council, known as the CSE, are beginning a pilot program to conduct a census of citizens with disabilities in 35 municipalities around the country.


En Nicaragua, un Nuevo Manual Para Registradores Civiles

June 06, 2007

The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) of Nicaragua, with support from IFES, has developed a new manual for civil registrars, the Manual del Registrador del Estado Civil de las Personas.

Elections, Civil Society, Voter Registration, Governance

Manual del Registrador del Estado Civil de las Personas

June 01, 2007

IFES en colaboración con el Consejo Supremo Electoral de Nicaragua y la Dirección del Registro Civil Nacional desarrollo un nuevo manual oficial para los registradores civiles, el Manual del Registrador del Estado Civil de las Personas. El Manual compila de manera accesible y fácil todas las leyes, reglamentos, y otra clase de información que los registradores civiles y sus asistentes necesitan para administrar eficazmente sus registros.

IFES assisted the Supreme Electoral Council of Nicaragua in developing a new official manual for civil registrars, Manual del Registrador del Estado Civil de las Personas. This manual can help civil registrars better understand all the laws, regulations, and other information that they need to effectively administer their registries.


New IFES Publication Documents Methods to Increase Voting by Disabled Citizens

March 08, 2007

IFES has launched a new publication describing concrete steps that can enable voters with disabilities to more easily participate in elections.

Elections, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Civil Society, Electoral Systems, Governance

New IFES Book Documents Methods to Mobilize Disabled Voters

March 08, 2007

A new publication from IFES documents activities and lessons learned from the first-ever project that aimed to increase voting by Nicaraguans with disabilities and thereby make the country’s elections more inclusive.



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