Since 2009, IFES has hosted an annual contest to showcase amateur and professional photography of democratic processes from around the globe.
This gallery features the winners of the IFES Photography Contest of past years (2011-2013). Each photo was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
On April 9th, the world's fourth most populous nation held its fourth legislative elections since returning to democracy in 1999.
IFES promotes equal rights and political participation for women around the world.
On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environment. One-tenth of polling stations throughout Thailand were closed on Election Day, and 28 of 375 constituencies had no candidates due to anti-election demonstrations.
An informed citizenry is crucial for a vibrant and responsive democracy. IFES engages in a variety of civic education activities, including informing voters of their rights and responsibilities and empowering them to have a voice in the way they are governed.
Yusdiana, IFES’ and Indonesia Disabled People's Association's Senior Disability Rights Adviser, used her experience, intelligence and optimism to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia’s political process. She passed away from surgery complications on December 28, 2013. This photo gallery captures her advocacy efforts and humanitarian spirit.
For many around the world, casting a ballot is taken for granted. However, when elections are inaccessible, citizens with disabilities might be left out. To increase voting accessibility for persons with disabilities – awareness-raising, advocacy and training are key.
On October 27, 2013, Georgia held presidential elections. These polls were peaceful and the results were largely accepted. This vote also resulted in the nation's second consecutive peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box, marking a historic day for all Georgians and an important step in the nation’s democratic development.