“I would like to ask the world to see our ‘abilities,’ not our ‘disabilities.’ We are not just the beneficiaries or dependents of the community but also contributors and productive human resources for our society. Let us try to work together to mainstream disability issues in all areas including political and electoral sectors.”
To further strengthen its collaboration with the National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral [INE]), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mexican electoral body.
On June 28, 2017, International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) Chief of Party Haiti Alessandra Rossi visited Voice of America (VOA), a multi-media broadcasting service that provides news to countries across the world in 40 different languages. For the past five years, Rossi has served as IFES chief of party in Haiti.
The current generation of youth are the largest in history and are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. The United Nation’s International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to “Youth Building Peace.” As a global leader in democracy promotion, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) recognizes the importance of cultivating the next generation of leaders.
IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney traveled to Kenya for the 2017 general elections. Through this feature, he shares his experiences from Kenya during this critical election:
On August 1, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) joined nearly 100 organizations and agencies who currently have programs in Africa at the Mandela-Washington Fellowship’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Expo.
In order to build the foundation for sustained civic and political engagement, IFES works with educational institutions and other youth-serving organizations around the world to provide both school-based and non-school based civic education for young people.
As the ongoing political crisis continues to uproot Syrian citizens from their homes, the displacement has been felt keenly by Syrian youth. Young Syrians have few avenues to express their desperation and even fewer platforms for civic engagement.
So much of the conversation in Washington and in the media on Africa tends to focus on the violent and tragic events transpiring on the continent. And while there is much work to be done by African States, their citizens and the international community to advance human rights and democracy, the work that is being done by inspiring figures all over Africa is often overlooked.
Christian Monsod, the former Chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC), is a pioneering figure in election administration. He reshaped electoral administration in the Philippines, focusing on building transparent processes and ensuring greater participation of traditionally marginalized populations.