The Pacific Islands region encompasses 12 sovereign nations – the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, and Vanuatu – all of which are scheduled to hold elections by 2021.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with support from the United States Agency for International Development, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, currently implements programming across the Pacific Islands, with regional programming supporting women’s participation in electoral processes and focused support to the upcoming referendums in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. IFES works to:
- Strengthen the leadership and advocacy skills of women and persons with disabilities to ensure they are able to effectively participate in electoral and political processes;
- Support regional electoral officials to better prepare for and deliver credible elections that are inclusive of all citizens; and
- Bolster increased transparency and citizen engagement through training of journalists, enhancing their capacity to conduct voter education and combat misinformation.
This work builds upon IFES’ current and past work in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.