The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) democratic assistance in Serbia began in 1997 with the engagement of a number of key governmental actors and nongovernmental stakeholders to support efforts to reform and strengthen the electoral process.
IFES is currently implementing a series of activities focused on supporting the professional development of election administration and anti-corruption oversight bodies in Serbia. Building the capacity of domestic institutions, IFES supported both the Republic Electoral Commission to organize and conduct parliamentary elections in 2020 and the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption in Serbia to fulfill its mandate in accordance with the law and international best practices.
IFES also is supporting local civil society and media to build their capacity to monitor, report and advocate on the abuse of state resources, political financing and election dispute resolution (EDR).
Through IFES’ Regional Europe program, Serbian election professionals are engaged in a number of activities designed to continue support to election administration. This includes building capacity in cybersecurity, disinformation and elections through IFES’ Regional Election Technology and Cyber-Hygiene course and the Europe and Eurasia Election Management Body Working Group on Social Media, Disinformation and Electoral Integrity.
Also under IFES’ Regional Europe program, Serbian oversight bodies receive assistance in anti-corruption efforts, particularly related to political finance oversight and EDR.
Current IFES programs in Serbia are funded under the Global Elections and Political Transitions mechanism sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development.