Political Finance Monitoring and Outreach by Civil Society

Civil society organizations and actors can play a critical role in political finance regulation, from analyzing political finance data from political parties and candidates published by public oversight bodies and investigating its accuracy, to increasing the electorate’s awareness regarding issues that are harmful to the political process, and push for reform on the issue in a way that many public oversight bodies would not have the mandate to do.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works with local partners to develop an appropriate monitoring methodology targeting key areas of focus (e.g., the abuse of state resources) and based on best practices in campaign finance monitoring from around the world (e.g., parallel expense tracking). IFES has supported domestic civil society groups in monitoring political finance around the world in countries such as Georgia, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines, Serbia and Ukraine. IFES also strengthens the capacity of local non-governmental organizations to detect and raise awareness of major campaign finance and political party finance irregularities.

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