Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS)

Established in 1995, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) pools the expertise of three premier international organizations dedicated to democratic development: the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute.

CEPPS also includes the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, the Asian Network for Free Elections, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and Search for Common Ground.

CEPPS has a 25-year track record of collaboration and leadership in democracy, human rights and governance support, learning from experience, and adopting new approaches and tools based on the ever-evolving technological landscape.

As mission driven, nonprofit democracy organizations, we differ from many development actors by maintaining long-term relationships with political parties, election management bodies, parliaments, civil society organizations and democracy activists.

Through our work, we: 

  • Promote meaningful participation of all citizens in their political systems, including women, youth and other traditionally marginalized groups.

  • Harness the comparative advantages of media and technology to promote citizen understanding and engagement and transparent political competition.

  • Support meaningful transition processes that establish positive precedents for effective democratic governance.

  • Promote the integrity of elections as a sustainable vehicle for peacefully and democratically choosing leaders.

  • Facilitate the ability of elected political actors to fulfill their responsibilities to citizens through better governance practices.            

  • Promote competitive and representative multi-party political systems.

  • Ensure respect for the application of impartial legal frameworks and compliance by political actors.

These activities are made possible with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of are the responsibility of IFES and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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