Armenia

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is currently working in Armenia under a four-year assistance agreement “Strengthening Elections and Political Processes in Armenia” (SEPPA), funded by the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions mechanism, together with its partners the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute. IFES, as lead coordinating partner under this award, is providing training for three levels of election management bodies, supporting a national voter education campaign through print and electronic media and working to strengthen partnerships between civil society and government.

IFES re-established itself in Armenia in June 2018 through the SEPPA agreement’s predecessor, the Rapid Response initiative "Strengthening Armenia's Political Transition," an opportunity which emerged from the sudden, unanticipated, peaceful change in power. This program was designed to provide immediate assistance to the rapidly unfolding process of political and electoral reform ushered in by the street protests in April 2018 that led to the resignation of Prime Minister and former President Serzh Sargsyan and approval of YELK Alliance leader Nikol Pashinyan, a member of Parliament, as the new prime minister.