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August 2015

Angelina Jolie Meets with Participants of the IFES-Supported She Leads Program in Myanmar

Ahead of Myanmar’s historic November elections, Angelina Jolie met with Yangon participants of the She Leads training program on her recent trip to the country as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador. The She Leads program is implemented by local partner organization Yaung Chi Thit, with support from IFES, to empower women to take on leadership roles in the political space and have a voice in their country’s future.

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Nigerian President Buhari Reaffirms Commitment to Democratic Governance, Thanks CEPPS Partners

Nigeria’s 2015 general elections marked a historic triumph for democracy, leading to the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history. In an address during his first trip to Washington, D.C. as Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari thanked IFES and its Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) partners for their efforts to improve the country's electoral process and reaffirmed his commitment to democratic governance.

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Haiti’s National Gender and Election Strategy

In the lead up to Haiti’s August 9 parliamentary elections, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Haiti’s provisional election management body, made gender equality and women’s empowerment a priority. With support from IFES, the CEP sought input from stakeholders across all regions of the country – including women’s groups, national and local government officials, the judiciary, police and journalists – in the formulation of the country’s first National Gender and Election Strategy.

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IFES’ 2015 Photography Contest

Do you have photos of elections and activities that show democracy in action? If so, submit them to the IFES 2015 Photography Contest. This annual competition showcases images of elections and democracy from around the world. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 (USD) and the IFES Choice winner will receive $800 (USD). The contest closes on September 9, 2015.

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Notes on Democracy

IFES’ 2015 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2015. This year’s exceptional awardees are former Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman Attahiru Jega, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.).

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Multimedia

In celebration of International Youth Day on August 12, IFES hosted a Twitter chat focused on young peoples’ attitudes and perceptions of democracy, as well as youth contributions to their communities around the world. The conversation reached over 92,000 unique users and generated dialogue about how youth can further promote democracy.

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Work with IFES


IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for the Deputy Director of Finance position. We are also accepting applications for a Chief of Party position for a new program in Ghana.

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