The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) first worked in Jamaica in 1994, conducting an assessment of a proposed electronic registration and voting system. More recently, from 2006-08, IFES implemented a project funded by the government of Canada examining the role of money in politics. IFES partnered with the Electoral Advisory Committee, the Electoral Office of Jamaica and Citizens’ Action for Free and Fair Elections on consensus-based reforms to ensure greater transparency and accountability in Jamaica’s political process.
IFES returned to Jamaica in 2020 to launch its United States Agency for International Development-funded project, “Strengthening Jamaica’s Electoral Democracy.” Under the program, IFES is working closely with the Political Ombudsman (PO) on important communications programs and reforms, which will bolster the key role of the PO in Jamaican elections and help support increased participation of youth in elections. IFES has also partnered with the Combined Disabilities Association on a series of activities to identify barriers for persons with disabilities in Jamaica’s political and electoral processes and to implement inclusive solutions to support their full participation.