People with disabilities encounter discrimination and numerous barriers to inclusion in society, which can result in reduced participation in political and public life. Many of these barriers, especially communication barriers, have been compounded by COVID-19.
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) President and CEO Tony Banbury attended the Yangon First-Time Youth Voter Festival, organized by the Union Election Commission and the IFES Myanmar office. The festival was held to inform and motivate young people to vote in Myanmar’s upcoming elections.
Democracy: From Theory to Practice is an innovative, interactive course on civic education currently taught at more than 20 universities across Ukraine!
Thanks to this course, thousands of students have increased their knowledge of democratic citizenship in the digital age and applied their learning through new skills from the course.
Like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) believes that citizen-responsive governance is critical in ensuring that countries reach their full potential. However, in many countries large segments of society lack the political rights and power to ensure that their governments are responsive to their needs.
Active engagement of young people in political processes is critical to ensure governments are representative of youth and aware of their priorities. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports youth participation in elections and all political processes through contextualized civic and voter education programs.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ “Support for Electoral Reforms Project” produced two smart card reader training videos for poll workers in Nigeria – one on the process of verifiying and authenticating voters and another on the process of e-transmission of results. The videos were
On June 6, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) released a video aimed at promoting its innovative, semester-long civic education course, “Democracy: From Theory to Practice,” within Ukrainian academia.
On February 7, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) released a documentary that highlights successful disability rights advocacy in Libya and the “Rights Unite” campaign.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works closely with the Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), a national network of youth-led organizations. AYON recently created a “I Vote Because” campaign and facilitated a mock poll event.
Conducting elections in Liberia is a challenging endeavor. Along with a lack of basic transportation and communications infrastructure, over half the population (53%) is illiterate. As such, civic and voter awareness campaigns cannot be conducted through many traditional mediums like print media.