IFES Values

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance 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, IFES has worked in over 145 countries, from developing democracies, to mature democracies.


Integrity. We are accountable for holding ourselves to the highest standard of behavior in all we do. This honesty is the commitment IFES makes to its employees and the democracies we serve around the world.

Trust. IFES believes in creating and maintaining lasting partnerships and upholding a high level of transparency both within our organization, and between us and our partners. Through this openness, IFES strives to develop trust in every aspect of our work.

Professionalism. IFES takes responsibility to do right by its employees and the democracies it is serving worldwide. This includes maintaining the highest degree of professionalism at all times, in every project we undertake.

Respect. IFES values the contribution and efforts of its employees and those we serve across the globe. With this, we treat all with mutual respect and sensitivity.

Diversity. We are a global organization. A diverse team in which everyone contributes their unique viewpoints, experiences and abilities is key to fulfilling our mission of promoting sustainable democracies. We strive to understand differences and maintain cultural sensitivity as we work in different regions of the world.

Accountability. IFES takes full responsibility for our actions, approaching each decision with over 30 years of experience and good judgement.

Passion. We appreciate and celebrate a commitment to democracy promotion and the difference free and fair elections can make in one’s life.

Discipline. IFES is focused on organizing our people and resources to maximize effectiveness.

Excellence. In striving to be the best and highest in quality in all we do, IFES is motivated by our successes and empowered by the talented people who work to support sustainable democracy.