Events

As a global organization, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) welcomes international experts, including IFES staff, to share their knowledge and stories from the field at our headquarters. These events foster discussion and promote the exchange of ideas within the international development community. IFES also holds the annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards Dinner to celebrate the work of individuals committed to freedom and democracy. Our flagship U.S. Election Program brings together election officials, parliamentarians and diplomats from around the world to observe and learn about the U.S. electoral system and discuss elections and voting from comparative international perspectives.

Events List

27 Oct 2020

As part of IFES' commitment to adaptation, innovation and resilience in the wake of COVID-19, the 2020 U.S. Election Program is going virtual. Sign up and stay tuned for more details!

 
24 Sep 2020

IFES and partner organizations are hosting a series of webinars on the administration of elections during a pandemic. The fourth session, “How to Build a Democracy That’s Designed for All? Promoting Access and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities,” will take place on September 24.

12 Aug 2020

In celebration of International Youth Day 2020, join IFES for a Facebook Live event in which three young leaders will speak about ways they have taken action in their communities and countries and the positive impact of building more inclusive and sustainable democracies. 

16 Jun 2020

Join IFES for a global online seminar on June 16, which will bring together a range of experts to discuss the future of internet voting.

27 May 2020

IFES looks forward to the virtual launch of a working group that will focus on tackling the challenges presented by social media and disinformation to electoral processes across Europe and Eurasia.

6 May 2020

Join CEPPS in a virtual conversation to discuss how to better ensure that democracy, human rights, and governance responses to COVID-19 are gender responsive.

24 Apr 2020

Join IFES this Friday, April 24 for a Twitter chat on inclusive political and electoral participation. The chat will provide an opportunity to share experiences, best practices and lessons learned on empowering marginalized groups such as youth, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous people and displaced persons in political life.

10 Dec 2019

IFES is pleased to invite you to an event on December 10 at IFES headquarters, where the results of the post-2019 nationwide public opinion survey will be presented alongside discussions of developments in the Nigerian electoral process.

20 Nov 2019

Designing and implementing inclusive monitoring, evaluation, and learning (IMEL) processes is critical to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of identity, are meaningfully represented in democracy and governance programming and able to fully exercise their rights as citizens. Join IFES on November 20 to learn more about this integrated approach and promising practices in conducting IMEL.

30 Sep 2019

IFES will honor former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, former United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (D) and former U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley (R) with its 2019 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.

8 May 2019

Join IFES for a presentation on how civic education has evolved, followed by a panel and facilitated discussions. The event will provide a platform for the sharing of good practices, lessons learned and recommendations from Ukrainian and United States case studies. It will also foster linkages and partnerships in support of effective civic education.

28 Feb 2019

Join IFES and Justice José Luis Vargas Valdez for a conversation on emerging approaches to disinformation and social media in elections, both in Mexico and worldwide.

16 Jan 2019

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for the eighth event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.”

9 Jan 2019

Join IFES and the United States (U.S.) International Council on Disabilities on January 9 for an event on “Promoting American Interests Through International Disability Rights: Recommendations for the New Congress.” We will hear from practitioners and advocates on how to promote international disability rights, ensure democracies are inclusive, and why these issues should be considered by U.S. policymakers.

14 Nov 2018

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES for the seventh event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” We will hear from practitioners and researchers on how economic empowerment can engage and connect women worldwide, increase political participation, ensure elections and democracies are inclusive, and why these issues should be considered by U.S. policymakers.

19 Sep 2018

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES for the sixth event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” Join us as we hear from practitioners, organizers and researchers on how technology can engage and connect women; can help us gather data and act on violence against women; and should be considered by U.S. policymakers.

18 Jul 2018

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES for the fifth event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” We will hear from policy and grassroots voices on how eliminating harmful practices endured by women and girls can be the gateway to achieving gender equality.

16 May 2018

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES for the fourth event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” We’ll hear from women personally impacted by violence against women in politics, explore existing legislation to address VAWIP and discuss recommendations for future legislation.

17 Jan 2018

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES on Wednesday, January 17, for the third event of a briefing series exploring each element of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” We will discuss how women’s political participation – both domestically and internationally – has developed in recent years; how political parties respond and adapt; the role that intersectionality and male allies play in changing gender norms in politics; and remaining barriers to equitable participation.

12 Dec 2017

Join IFES on December 12 for a briefing about Mexico’s July 2018 general elections. The briefing will cover emerging global challenges facing elections and democratic institutions, through the lens of Mexico’s 2018 elections, including cybersecurity, disillusionment with democracy, and disinformation.

15 Nov 2017

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and IFES for the second event of a new breakfast briefing series exploring each element of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.” Sustainable Goal 5 has identified the need to eliminate violence against women and girls globally. Join us as we discuss this global call to action as it relates to recognizing violence against women and girls in the workplace and in politics, in the US and internationally, and how male and female policy makers can enact change.

29 Sep 2017

Join former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Ukraine Country Director Peter Erben, for a discussion on rebooting electoral reform in Ukraine.

8 Jun 2017

Members of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) have been working with Gambian stakeholders under the challenging circumstances of the old regime, and have now mobilized with new, targeted, rapid response initiatives to ensure the country is supported in its ambitions of freedom moving forward. CEPPS cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion on how the consortium partners design and implement complementary rapid response initiatives and will highlight lessons emerging in the wake of the Gambia’s transition.

7 Mar 2017

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) cordially invites you to a panel discussion on the current state of affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Irena Hadžiabdić, chairperson of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Central Election Commission and an IFES Board director, will present regarding the current electoral situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

14 Nov 2016

Please join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and the Kofi Annan Foundation for an international and comparative discussion on the universal importance of credible and publically-accepted legal institutions and mechanisms to arbitrate electoral disputes. This event will feature a policy paper launch, panel discussion, and the opportunity for Q&A.

3 Nov 2016

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for a discussion on “Countering Violent Extremism: Where are the Women?”

27 Sep 2016

On September 27, join the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) and American University (AU) for the launch and discussion of the Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWIE) Framework – a set of tools and recommendations for understanding and reducing violence against women in elections. Presentations will be followed by Q&A, and a networking lunch.

22 Sep 2016

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for a discussion on “Inclusive Legal Frameworks: Empowering Women Through Rule of Law.”

15 Sep 2016

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), in collaboration with the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, is pleased to invite you to “Persons with Disabilities in Myanmar: Securing Political Participation and Electoral Rights.”

21 Jan 2016

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) are pleased to invite you to the latest installment of the bi-monthly “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series, which explores current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace.

9 Oct 2015

Since the Maidan revolution in the fall of 2013, Ukrainians have continued to call for political, economic, and social change.

1 Oct 2015

IFES is pleased to invite you to an event on October 1 on Capitol Hill to discuss the historic 2015 general elections in Nigeria, which led to the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history, and present key findings from our recent post-election public opinion survey.

28 Jul 2015

As Libya moves toward an agreement of national unity, a constitutional referendum is expected to take place in late 2015 or early 2016. 

23 Jul 2015

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) are pleased to welcome you to the inaugural event of a bi-monthly “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series.