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September 2015

Democracy Promotion is an American Tradition

In celebration of International Day of Democracy on September 15, the Presidents of IFES, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, which together compose the Consortium for Electoral and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS), authored a joint op-ed. The authors argue that the U.S. should use its new position as President of the Community of Democracies to rally greater international support for democracy and governance programming and discuss the U.S.’ bipartisan tradition of supporting democracy and human rights.

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Celebrating International Day of Democracy in Pakistan

To mark International Day of Democracy, IFES Pakistan and its partners organized a seminar on civil society engagement in social and political life in Pakistan. At the seminar, avenues for expanding the space for civil society and enhancing the engagement of civil society organizations with State institutions were crosscutting topics of discussion among all the presentations. Read this story to learn about the other activities conducted by IFES Pakistan in commemoration of International Day of Democracy.

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First Pilot Observation on Election Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Held in Haiti

During the legislative elections held on August 9, 2015, a pilot team of 30 Haitians with disabilities conducted Haiti’s first election access observation at 15 polling stations across the city of Port-au-Prince. Observers scrutinized the schools and marketplaces selected as polling stations by the Provisional Electoral Council to determine how accessible and inclusive voting procedures were for persons with disabilities on Election Day.

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June 2015 Public Opinion Survey in Ukraine

IFES fielded a national survey in Ukraine from June 15 to 25, 2015, with a total of 1,558 interviews in areas outside Donbas and Crimea. The survey measured respondents’ views on the overall direction of Ukraine; confidence in political leaders and institutions; views on democracy; and attitudes on corruption and campaign finance reform, among other things. Overall, the survey found that Ukrainians are decidedly more skeptical about the direction of the country since 2014 parliamentary polls. IFES has conducted regular public opinion surveys in Ukraine since 1994.

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Notes on Democracy

IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney led a delegation from IFES at the second General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies from August 18-22 in the Dominican Republic. IFES colleagues convened women election commissioners attending the conference to launch the IFES Women’s Electoral Leadership and Learning (IFES WELL) network. IFES WELL was launched to mobilize women and men working to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment in electoral and political processes.

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The current Maldivian education system does not include civic education as part of the school curriculum, resulting in limited knowledge and understanding among young people of human rights and democratic principles, as well as the role of democratic institutions, elections and political parties. In order to introduce civic education and increase civic participation among youth, IFES works closely with local partner Transparency Maldives to host democracy camps for young people from around the country.

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