The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) annually awards two to four Democracy Studies Fellowships to bring outstanding graduate students to Washington, D.C. to engage in democracy development research. Based at IFES’ Center for Applied Research and Learning, fellows have access to IFES experts and conduct independent research with IFES mentors for six to eight weeks.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is currently organizing a series of trainings for Tunisian community radio and print journalists.
Strong electoral leadership is often the determining factor in overcoming some of the greatest threats to credible and inclusive elections. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) piloted a new module of its “Leadership in Electoral Administration Program" (LEAP) in Colombo for the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL) as part of the U.S.
On January 24, the Election Commission of India hosted an international conference in New Delhi focused on sharing successful strategies to empower young and future voters throughout the country. This topic is particularly relevant as India was recently recognized as having the largest youth population on the planet with some 356 million individuals under 25.
As the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) marks its 30th anniversary in 2017, it is also recognizing its partnerships with election management bodies, donor organizations, civil society organizations, and other local election stakeholders that have allowed IFES to contribute to the advancement of good governance and democratic rights.
From January 16-18, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) gathered over 100 representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) for a strategic review of the commission’s progress over the past five years and to look ahead to the next nationwide elections in 2019. This effort will culminate in creation of a new INEC strategic plan.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development, has worked closely with the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) over the past several years to build its capacity to conduct credible and inclusive elections.
By Alessandra Rossi, IFES Haiti Chief of Party
When IFES first encountered Azamat Karabotoev in the summer of 2013, he was a quiet teenager from the Talas region of Kyrgyzstan. Like over 2,000 other Kyrgyzstani youth before him, Azamat participated in an IFES Democracy Camp.
On December 16, 2016, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) conducted a training for persons with disabilities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on advocacy for communicating with government stakeholders.