The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is co-implementing the “Promoting Peaceful, Democratic, Transparent and Inclusive Elections in Burkina Faso” program, which supports Burkina Faso in holding general and local elections, planned for November 2020 and May 2021, respectively. Under this United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program, IFES is strengthening electoral administration and providing targeted technical assistance to the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI). Post-elections, IFES will work with the CENI to institutionalize training and prepare the institution to sustainably meet future capacity-building needs.
From 2015-17, IFES worked with the CENI in Burkina Faso to hold free, fair and credible elections that address the needs of Burkinabès. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the CENI’s capacities and subsequent technical assistance plan, IFES conducted targeted trainings and capacity development for the CENI. To increase the CENI’s effectiveness in electoral administration, IFES assisted the CENI to identify, procure and set up an electronic system for election results transmission. IFES trained CENI personnel on the new system and provided technical assistance to determine a sustainable solution for the validation of electoral counting protocols. In addition, IFES supported the dissemination of CENI’s public information messages across the country calling for peaceful participation in the electoral process.