Democracies thrive on assembly, transparency and confidence in elections and government institutions—all of which are put at risk by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health crisis erupted during an already troubling global decline in democracy.
Updated on February 7th to include the full assessment report.
Ethiopia is a federation with nine regional states that can choose their official language and have limited powers over taxation, education, health and land administration. On November 20, residents of the Sidama Zone will vote to decide whether it will be transformed into a regional state.
Sample ballot paper and constituency map for Nepal's by-elections to be held on November 30, 2019.
Map courtesy of United States Agency for International Development Nepal.
While progress has been achieved since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, women in Iraq remain on the margins of political life and are excluded from decision-making processes that affect them. Decisions made and policies implemented by government institutions help shape perceptions of the roles that women and men play in Iraqi society and determine their access to rights and resources.
Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Voter Registration Expert Steven Canham and Electoral Technical Assistance Expert Nermin Nisic conducted an assessment of voter registration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This assessment included an evaluation of current practices and challenges in compiling and managing the voter registry.
Social media has transformed politics, opening space for dialogue and creating new pathways for citizen involvement and education. Political engagement has also been plagued by the misuse and abuse of new information communication technologies (ICTs).
Voter education posters used in Indonesia's concurrent presidential and legislative elections held on April 17, 2019.
More than half the world’s population is under 30, yet young people remain underrepresented in government and decision-making processes. There is a growing consensus among practitioners and scholars that politically and civically engaged youth are integral to a country’s economic and democratic health.