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Strengthening Democracy Through Partnership
The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) pools the technical expertise, innovation and networks of three premier international organizations – IFES, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute – to address threats to democracy and seize upon windows of opportunity. Alongside our local, regional and international partners, we help open doors to reform, forge broad-based coalitions, influence normative action and foster social behavioral change to counter authoritarian trends and promote inclusive and accountable democracy.

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Measuring Democracy: The Power OF Data
On May 27, CEPPS hosted an event that explored how democracy, human rights and governance practitioners can use data to support the design and implementation of effective assistance programs through strategic decision-making, context and risk analysis, program design and evaluation. In addition to IFES’ CEPPS partners, the event featured IFES Senior Global Gender Advisor Regina Waugh and the Varieties of Democracy Institute.

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Marking World Refugee Day
On June 20, IFES marked World Refugee Day in solidarity with persons who are forced to flee their homes due to conflict, climate disasters or other crises. Together #withrefugees we build democracies that deliver for all.

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A-WEB India Journal of Elections Features IFES Experts and Resources
“This journal will be an important resource for elections bodies, practitioners and researchers globally, and it is only fitting that it should be published in the largest democracy in the world.” – IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury

The inaugural issue of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) India Journal of Elections features a message from IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury, an article by IFES Center for Applied Research and Learning Director Erica Shein and several other IFES publications and events.

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Take a moment to read this piece from the @NEBEthiopia Chairwoman who is guiding and overseeing the nation's elections. A good reminder that the road to democracy is long. We hope that the people of Ethiopia are able to get our and cast their votes! #EthiopiaElection2021
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Taking Stock: Opportunities for Electoral Improvements in the Dominican Republic
IFES supported the Dominican Republic's Central Electoral Board to identify reform priorities following the 2021 electoral process. Based on IFES’ research and interviews with key stakeholders, Political Finance Specialist Héctor Díaz-Santana and Senior Elections Specialist Rafael López Pintor outlined findings and recommendations related to political finance, vote buying and electoral system reform.

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IFES Webinar on Electoral Justice in Europe During a Pandemic
Is electoral justice possible, especially when our elections are threatened by disinformation and foreign influence, as well as the pandemic? IFES recently organized a webinar to identify answers, featuring representatives from IFES, the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia’s Center for Free Elections and Democracy and the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain.

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Armenia, Bulgaria and Moldova Elections
Ahead of Armenia’s June 20 elections and Bulgaria’s and Moldova’s July 11 elections, IFES published FAQs – or Frequently Asked Questions. These elections followed large-scale fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh between the Armenian-backed defense forces of this disputed region and Azerbaijan, extensive anti-government protests in Bulgaria and the election of Moldova’s President Maia Sandu on a platform of closer ties with Europe – all of which took place in 2020.

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IFES Welcomes New Country Director for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and Expands Global Team of Advisors
We are pleased to announce that Nermin Nisic has joined the IFES team as country director for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. We have also grown our team of advisors. Senior Country Director for Ukraine Peter Erben now serves as principal advisor for IFES. Kyle Lemargie, formerly advisor for Asia-Pacific, serves as senior global advisor for democratic resilience and innovation. Regional Director for Asia-Pacific Vasu Mohan now also serves as senior global advisor for conflict, displacement and minority rights. Rushdi Nackerdien, formerly IFES regional director for Africa, serves as senior global advisor for training and capacity building.

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Work with IFES
IFES is hiring a regional director for Africa to grow a robust regional portfolio of democracy and elections programming, as well as a country director for Honduras to provide technical support to stakeholders and ensure successful completion of project activities. We are also recruiting for a learning and development manager to assess, identify, organize and direct training and development programs for employees.

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IFES in the Global Media
IFES programs, experts and research are regularly featured in the media. We value the opportunity to highlight democracy assistance and further our mission "Together we build democracies that deliver for all."

Global: Crack of Dawn noted IFES’ support of a recent meeting of election management bodies.

Africa: A Center for Strategic and International Studies article on regional insecurity and voting cited IFES’ 2016 white paper Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview.

Armenia: The European Platform for Democratic Elections posted Akanates’ preliminary report on the snap parliamentary elections, which noted IFES’ training support.

Bougainville: A Devpolicy Blog post and a Post-Courier article on Bougainville’s President Ishmael Toroama cited IFES’ data on the 2020 presidential election.

Burkina Faso: LeFaso reported on a gender equality workshop organized by IFES.

Canada: The Canadian International Council posted an article calling for a Canadian democracy promotion agency and mentioned both IFES and Margaret Biggs.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Agence Congolaise De Presse reported on an IFES workshop on gender equality and inclusion and cited a presentation by IFES’ Adele Ravidá.

Dominican Republic: A Diario Libre article on the Central Electoral Board mentioned its Memorandum of Understanding with IFES.

El Salvador: Diario Co Latino reported on a recent Supreme Electoral Tribunal seminar that featured remarks from IFES’ Gustavo Villamil.

Estonia: A La Tribune article about Estonia’s efforts to transform itself through digital technology, including internet voting, cited IFES’ ElectionGuide.

Guinea: RTG reported on a press conference and quoted remarks by IFES’ Mountaga Sylla. AGP Guinee reported on an upcoming Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop supported by IFES.

India: The inaugural issue of the A-WEB India Journal of Elections features several IFES experts and resources.

Indonesia: A BeritaSatu article about voter participation during the regional head elections quoted IFES’ Staffan Darnolf.

Iraq: Shafaq reported IFES and other organizations will support an electoral simulation.

Libya: Libya Alhadath reported on a conference organized by the High National Elections Commission, IFES and the University of Tripoli. The Libyan News Agency and 218 TV reported on an electoral activity supported by IFES. Libya Alhadath and 218 TV reported on an election dispute resolution workshop supported by IFES and mentioned remarks by IFES’ Ian Smith. Libya Review reported on the General Libyan Women’s Union and noted IFES’ support. El Dostor, Almarsad and Libya Alhadath reported on a judicial workshop supported by IFES,

Mexico: The National Electoral Institute (INE) published a press release and Vértigo Político, Síntesis and Macroeconomia published articles that quoted IFES’ Maximo Zaldivar. A Milenio op-ed quoted IFES’ remarks on INE. Another INE press release about international observers quoted IFES’ findings.

Nigeria: Daily Trust quoted IFES’ Shalva Kipshidze about Nigeria’s judiciary.

Romania: Radio România promoted an Expert Forum event and noted IFES’ support.

Sint Eustatius: Antilliaans Dagblad reported findings from IFES’ observation of the October 2020 Island Council elections.

Sudan: A Search for Common Ground feature on several of their projects in Sudan mentioned IFES.

Uzbekistan: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe posted a web story about a training they co-hosted with IFES.

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Follow the Global Impact of Covid-19 on Elections
Elections around the world have been impacted by COVID-19. IFES continues to track the latest information on election postponements, adjusted election dates and risk-mitigating strategies adopted during elections.
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