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, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
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. IFES’ regional programming supports the participation of women and persons with disabilities in electoral and political processes and supports the upcoming elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. 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 responsive to the COVID-19 context;
- Leverage networks and partnerships to tackle how COVID-19 is differently impacting women and persons with disabilities; and
- Bolster citizen engagement through training of journalists and local civil society organizations, enhancing rights-based reporting, combating disinformation and stigmatization and advocating for inclusive policies and recovery efforts responding to the pandemic.
This work builds upon IFES’ current and past work in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.