The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been supporting Haiti’s electoral and democratic processes for the past three decades. Through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IFES has been working to build the capacity of the Haitian electoral management body and civil society to ensure the sustainable management of elections and increase civic participation and the inclusion of marginalized groups in the country’s political processes.
IFES is committed to supporting a Haitian-led approach, standing behind partners to ensure the local ownership, efficacy, political legitimacy and sustainability of the electoral reforms and new practices. Activities are based on an adaptive approach, tailored to achieve the program’s expected results while maintaining its flexibility and ability to take advantage of opportunities that might arise from the country’s continuous political changes.
Elections and Political Processes Support Activity
In 2017, IFES started a new phase of its work in Haiti with the implementation of the Elections and Political Processes (EPP) Support Activity, a five-year program funded by USAID through the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening.
For this project, IFES is focusing especially on supporting the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Haiti’s electoral management body. The CEP has recently made significant strides to increase the transparency and efficacy of the country’s electoral process, but it continues to face significant obstacles in building its technical capacity and overcoming the population’s entrenched lack of trust in the management of elections. The EPP program aims at building greater confidence in electoral processes by supporting Haitian-led efforts to strengthen the electoral institutions, political parties, and civil society.