Since 1993, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been collaborating with the National Electoral Institute (INE) (formerly the Federal Electoral Institute [IFE]) to advance the democratic process in Mexico. IFES has observed electoral processes throughout Mexico; participated in workshops and conferences facilitated by the INE and its predecessor the IFE; conducted applied, comparative research activities; and most recently is working to promote implementation of disability rights legislation in the country. Recent activities include:
- Co-leading an assessment on the current status of the implementation of national and international legal frameworks on disability as part of Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) RightsNow! Consortium;
- Partnering with the INE and the Organization of American States to facilitate a forum on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral process in September 2014;
- Conducting a study on the regulation and oversight of political parties’ financial resources during the 2012 elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
- Partnering with the IFE and the UNDP to facilitate training on campaign finance in October 2011. Senior electoral officers from 13 Latin American countries participated;
- The 2011 IFES publication Guidelines for Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Disputes in Elections (GUARDE) features the IFES partnership with the Mexican Electoral Court of the Federal Judiciary. A chapter of the book is devoted to case studies and comparative analysis for use in designing and implementing training programs for election arbiters; and
- Under the RightsNow Consortium, IFES continues to work to further the political rights of persons with disabilities.
News and Updates Feature Citizen Organizations and Electoral Institute of Mexico City Strengthen Ties Through Election Observation Workshops In August, IFES held two Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshops on election observation in Mexico City in partnership with the Electoral Institute of Mexico City. The trainings aimed to build local capacity on election observation and strengthen the network of observers.
News and Updates Feature Participatory Budgeting Project to Be Implemented in Mexico City On June 4, leaders of the Electoral Institute of Mexico City (IECM) visited IFES' headquarters to sign an agreement that marks the next phase of their longstanding partnership. With this “Enhancing Citizen Participation in Mexico City” agreement, the IECM will welcome IFES’ expertise for research on comparative experiences in participatory budgeting, and the organizations will work together to produce civil society workshops in Mexico City on participatory budgeting and domestic election observation.
News and Updates Feature Ninth Forum on Latin American Democracy Held in Mexico City On April 4-5, IFES co-sponsored the Ninth Forum on Latin American Democracy, hosted by Mexico’s National Electoral Institute in Mexico City. Vice President of Programs Michael Svetlik represented IFES at the conference, which was centered around “Challenges of Politics and Democracy in the Digital Era.”
News and Updates Feature IFES' Approach to Supporting Indigenous Political Rights To better inform policy discussions, IFES facilitates comparative research and dialogue on challenges and innovation in elections and the rights of indigenous peoples. IFES also assists countries to meet United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples standards by holding inclusive national and local elections that respect language and traditional political institutions and practices.
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