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Democracy is a work in progress. Part of that progress comes from reflection on the past—both the successes and shortcomings. As 72 countries prepare to hold over 97 elections in 2024, learning from previous elections is more important than ever. 

IFES’s recent publication, Lessons Learned Processes: Advancing to the Next Elections, offers a tool to learn from the past and improve election management in future. These guidelines—developed with insights from election officials in 57 countries and 32 international experts—aim to improve lessons learned processes so election administrations around the world can undertake their work responsibly and effectively.  

Learn more about the Lessons Learned Processes. 


After Senegalese President Macky Sall suspended the country’s presidential elections in the beginning of February, just three weeks before their scheduled date, the Constitutional Council declared the government’s postponement unconstitutional. In a statement from President Sall earlier today, elections were scheduled for March 24. 

As Adele Ravidà, country director for Senegal, discussed with the Brookings Institution, this is one example of how judges are on the frontline to hear politically sensitive cases to resolve pre-election disputes. In 2024, with more than one billion people casting ballots, IFES is supporting judges in sharing good practices and lessons with one another to strengthen independent judiciaries around the world.  

To explore upcoming elections in 2024—and look back at the 2023 election year—check out IFES’s new interactive visual. 

IFES CEO Tony Banbury with Sara Minkara and ASEAN leaders and civil society partners.


The State Department recently spotlighted IFES's disability rights work across Southeast Asia. At a briefing, IFES CEO and President Tony Banbury spoke about how IFES works with civil society partners and ASEAN officials to improve access to human rights for persons with disabilities. After the event, Banbury shared via X, formerly Twitter,  "It was an honor to join the U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights @Sarasminkara today for a discussion at the U.S. State Department about @IFESDisability work in #ASEAN. The power in having every voice heard is undeniable."

“We face challenges around the world as some democracies slide toward autocracy,” IFES Board Chair Amb. William Eacho said about the importance of 2024 in an NBC News article. “We should hear the alarm bells loud and clear: Democracy needs defending.”  

In Semafor’s new Global Election Hot List, Americas regional director Máximo Zaldívar offered insights into El Salvador’s upcoming local elections and the recent legislative elections. 

IFES work with Senegal’s deaf community was also profiled by AFP. For the first time in the run up to a Senegalese presidential poll, deaf voters will share a common vocabulary to discuss politics and learn what to do when election day comes around.


About 5 percent of the world’s population identify as Indigenous, including more than 5,000 cultures that speak over 4,000 languages. Globally, Indigenous Peoples face the continuing impacts of historic injustice, which include barriers to exercising their right to vote. 

Marking the first global report on Indigenous Peoples and elections since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, IFES and its civil society partners published Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Elections: Identifying International Good Practices through Case Studies in Guatemala, Kenya, and Nepal. 

Learn about the barriers that Indigenous Peoples face and how to take steps to eliminate them. 


Vera is a firm believer in democracy. She was appointed as an integrity officer in 2023 in North Macedonia to contribute to combatting deep-rooted corruption and promoting trust in the work of public administration. 

This is no easy task. Integrity officers are often required to immediately dive into their roles, leading the process of drafting documents and rulebooks and monitoring their delivery in designated institutions. 

But given limited human and financial resources, many integrity officers aren’t properly informed on what is required of their role and the larger picture of achieving strategic outcomes. 

Under the Anti-Corruption and Integrity (ACI) Activity, implemented by IFES in North Macedonia, more than 80 integrity officers learned about the fundamentals of the integrity system and the challenges for implementation, leading to 53 new integrity declarations signed by various state institutions at the central and local level. 

Read more to find out how Vera will carry on the lessons she learned into her job. 


Slovakia: March 23, 2024

Senegal: March 24, 2024

South Korea: March 28, 2024

To keep track of upcoming elections, visit IFES’s electionguide.org.


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