The crisis in Syria is a hardship for men, women, boys and girls who struggle to subsist amid a brutal conflict with widespread and indiscriminate violence. Men are disappearing from their communities into the fog of war, and boys are preparing to join them.
Elections – be they presidential, parliamentary or for local offices – are complex undertakings.
In 2015, an assessment was carried out to determine how accessible Ukrainian political processes were for persons with disabilities. The research focused on an analysis of international and national legal instruments used in Ukraine such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Constitution of Ukraine.
Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) is in the process of drafting new national voter registration procedures.
The U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Election Access Working Group in Kosovo is a multi-stakeholder working group supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Kosovo Democratic Institute that aims to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in electoral processes and public life.
In the Maldives, as in all countries around the world, women’s interest and ability to participate in the political process is impacted by a combination of legal, political, social, economic and cultural factors.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment remain a significant challenge in the Maldives.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Democracy International (DI) have released a new joint white paper that identifies best practices for election audits in developing democracies.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) second review of women’s participation as election officials in Kosovo presents statistics from the June 2014 national elections. IFES’ previous analysis of the November 2013 municipal election showed a low proportion of women in election staff positions, particularly at management levels.
The International Foundation for Electoral System’s (IFES) in close cooperation with national experts from Commerce, Development and Environment Consulting, conducted a nation-wide survey to measure the prevalence of vote buying in the Maldives during the March 2014 parliamentary elections.