IFES Values and Culture Statement

As the global leader in democracy promotion, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) advances good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.

Since 1987, we have worked in over 145 countries, from developing democracies, to mature democracies.


We believe in the power of people.

We develop individual, institutional and collaborative capacities to strengthen democracy.

We pursue excellence and innovation.

We learn and adapt to best serve the people and principles we support.

We embody diversity, equality and opportunity.

We build inclusive relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

Culture Statement

We are here to advance democracy’s promise. Every day, we choose the path that furthers our mission and exemplifies our values. We apply thoughtful, rigorous solutions to complex problems. We take informed risks and view setbacks as opportunities for reflection and growth. Our people drive IFES and prize inclusion, trust and accountability. We conduct our work with integrity. We are IFES.

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