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Is a New Power-Sharing Deal the Best Governing Arrangement for Yemen?

September 17, 2014

In 2011, Yemeni political parties, under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council Agreement, agreed to share power until the next elections. As the country's transition has dragged on, the power-sharing deal has weakened as various actors have tried to exploit ongoing negotiations for their own gain. Yemen's best hope for democracy will be competitive elections.

All Citizen Participation

Drivers of Democracy - Highlighting IFES Staff

September 17, 2014

Here at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), our diverse staff work in many ways to advance good governance and democratic rights around the world and engage in everything from hosting events, managing finance and even cleaning offices! Check out quotes from field office staff about their experiences with IFES by looking through the gallery. See more staff and read their full quotes.

IFES to Release Paper on Poltical Finance and Gender Equality

March 20, 2014

IFES’ upcoming white paper takes a look at the connection between gender equality and political finance.

Political Finance, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Transition at a Crossroads: Moving Beyond the GCC Agreement in Yemen

December 09, 2013

In late 2011, Yemeni political leaders and stakeholders endorsed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Agreement, which laid out a two-year roadmap for resolving Yemen's political paralysis. The agreement scripted a process with an inclusive National Dialogue, a new constitution, a constitutional referendum and national elections to move the country forward. Two years later, it is likely the initial timeframe will expire without a referendum and without elections. Please view a panel discussion on these timely issues, the overall political environment in Yemen, the potential impact on the electoral process and the ongoing role of the international community.

Financing Politics: The Middle East and North Africa

September 30, 2013

Financing Politics: The Middle East and North Africa is a collaborative effort between the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Arab Region Parliamentarians against Corruption (ARPAC). It represents a concerted attempt to better understand and document existing political finance regulations and experiences in five countries – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Yemen. The availability of information on the funding of parties and campaigns is a first and significant step in enhancing transparency.

Yemen's Transition: Electoral Challenges and Opportunities for Reform

July 17, 2013

In a combined effort with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, IFES' latest briefing paper Yemen's Transition: Electoral Challenges and Opportunities for Reform, examines the country’s post-Arab Spring path and offers key policy recommendations for the future.

Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa

October 23, 2012

A new toolkit by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Women's Empowerment, All Inclusion and Empowerment, Advocacy, All Citizen Participation

Voter Education for Marginalized Communities in Yemen

October 18, 2012

IFES believes that strong democratic institutions empower all citizens to have a voice in the way they are governed. To promote this belief, IFES works to ensure its programming is inclusive of all populations. In Yemen, IFES implemented a project that targeted the traditionally marginalized—women, youth, and persons with disabilities.

Civic Education, All Citizen Participation


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