Operating in Kyrgyzstan since 1994, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has managed an extensive portfolio of activities supporting the development and sustainability of the country’s democratic process. IFES has helped build and improve the capacity of electoral administration and legislation, strengthened civil society, and provided broad technical elections assistance. Since 2000, IFES has addressed civic education for young persons, developing a high school civics textbook and conducting a number of projects such as Democracy Summer Camps, designed to broaden students understanding and interest in government, volunteerism, and active civic participation, substantially increasing the civic knowledge and engagement of Kyrgyzstan’s youth. Over the last two decades, IFES has guided Kyrgyzstan through a series of largely free and fair elections as well as a significant political transition by organizing trainings for all levels of election commissions throughout the country, and helping the Central Election Commission achieve major strides in competency, professionalism and openness.
Since beginning a new program in 2012, IFES has further supported Kyrgyzstan in building a solid democratic foundation. Through an array of assistance activities to the Central Election Commission, youth civic education work, women’s empowerment activities, initiatives for voter registration reform, and coordination with local and international partners, IFES continues to aid Kyrgyzstan’s election management body in developing stronger institutional capacity and a more democratic electoral process.