IFES' 2015 Annual Report
With IFES engaged in historic elections around the globe and major organizational developments, 2015 was a busy and productive year. We worked with national election management bodies, partner organizations, other electoral stakeholders and citizens to ensure a vote for every voice.
IFES was extensively engaged in widely watched, successful elections in Nigeria, Guatemala and Myanmar. In Nigeria, IFES worked closely with the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure the conduct of credible and transparent elections, which led to the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history.
IFES’ support to Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) amid a tense political environment aided the TSE in conducting peaceful elections. Our team in Myanmar provided technical assistance to the Union Election Commission to support the first nationwide elections held since the government embarked on reforms in 2011, supporting the development of the first-ever centralized voter list database in the country. These remarkable success stories are discussed more in-depth in the pages of this Annual Report.
IFES continued to advocate for women’s empowerment across all phases of the electoral cycle in 2015. Along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), IFES co-hosted the “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series, exploring current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and highlighting their determination and leadership to find peace. As you review the 2015 Annual Report, you will also find stories about our other core areas of work: participation and inclusion, accountability, and electoral integrity, and learn more about IFES’ thought leadership through our research and surveys.
On the organizational front, IFES moved its headquarters to a new office in Crystal City (Arlington), Virginia. With substantially reduced rental costs, IFES will look to invest in our human capital in order to continue to implement our mission to supports citizens’ right to participate in free and fair elections.
We would like to thank all of our supporters and partners for their efforts to help IFES protect and promote the right to vote as a fundamental human right.