IFES Advises the UK House of Commons on the Effectiveness of UK Aid


Ukrainian students discuss methods for tackling disinformation during IFES' Democracy: From Theory to Practice course, which is made possible with support from UK aid.

On May 14, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) submitted written evidence to the Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK) in support of the House of Commons International Development Committee (IDC) inquiry on the effectiveness of UK aid. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and IFES have partnered for many years to deliver good governance for growth, sustainability and inclusive development.

IFES’ evidence – drafted in consultation with programmatic experts and field leadership – urged the IDC to consider how elections, democracy and governance underpin all of DFID’s efforts.

Recommendations include:

  • DFID staff focusing on elections, governance, anti-corruption and inclusion should be encouraged to coordinate.
  • Institutional and civil society capacities should be built in tandem to cultivate resiliency, sustainability and ensure that all stakeholders can collaborate on development challenges.
  • Support to young people worldwide should continue, particularly civic education about their electoral and political rights.

IDC published a report with provisional conclusions and recommendations on June 9 that included IFES’ evidence, with the final report expected later this year.

Read IFES' recommendations to the Parliament of the UK’s House of Commons IDC.

IFES will continue to contribute its decades of expertise and unique field perspectives to critical donor conversations on the importance of effective electoral assistance.

IFES previously advised the UK House of Commons on the impact of COVID-19. For more on the global response to the pandemic, visit IFES’ COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies.

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Published on July 13, 2020.

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