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January 2016

Call for Applications for the Hybl and Manatt Democracy Fellowships

IFES annually awards two to four Democracy Studies Fellowships to bring outstanding U.S. graduate students to Washington, D.C. to engage in democracy development research. Based at IFES’ Center for Applied Research and Learning, fellows have access to IFES experts and conduct independent research with IFES mentors for six to eight weeks. We are now accepting applications for the William and Kathy Hybl Fellowship and the Charles and Kathleen Manatt Fellowship with a deadline of March 15, 2016.


IFES Conducts First CRPD Training with Georgian Public Defender’s Office

Persons with disabilities around the world encounter barriers to their political participation, and countries like Georgia are taking steps toward more inclusive policies and practices. In December 2013, Georgia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which calls on states to recognize the rights of persons with disabilities and to adopt appropriate measures to ensure that those rights are fully enjoyed. IFES conducted a training with the Georgian Public Defender’s Office and local disabled persons’ organizations on monitoring the CRPD in November 2015.

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Women’s Inclusion in Election Management Bodies in Kosovo

In recent years, there has been some progress in the participation of women in public life in Kosovo. However, progress is uneven and slow in some electoral areas. This report is based on qualitative research conducted by IFES in 2015 in an attempt to identify common barriers to the employment of women as election staff and potential measures that could be implemented to overcome these barriers.

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Bangladesh’s National Convention of the Ambassadors for Peace

In November 2015, IFES in collaboration with local partner The Hunger Project-Bangladesh held the “National Convention of the Ambassadors for Peace” in Dhaka for the Ambassadors for Peace who have been trained through IFES’ People Against Violence in Elections (PAVE) program. The participants engaged in two phases of PAVE training, which were designed to help participants understand the root causes of violence as well as equip them with the skills to mobilize public demand for more peaceful electoral processes.

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Notes on Democracy

Iraq has undergone dramatic change in the past decade. The U.S.-led war in Iraq that began in 2003 and the subsequent de-Ba’athification process led by the Coalition Provisional Authority, spike in sectarianism, advancement by the Islamic State and push by the Kurds for independence, all continue to impact the country’s political and security environment. It is within this complex context that IFES worked in Iraq for the last 12 years, providing capacity building for Iraq’s election system from 2003 until September 2015.

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Guatemalan citizens headed to the polls in September and October 2015 to elect a new President, Vice President, Congress and other state and municipal leaders. After the first round of elections in September, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) partners recorded a podcast with Eduardo Núñez, National Democratic Institute Guatemala Resident Director; Tony Garrastazu, International Republican Institute Guatemala Resident Director; and Maximo Zaldivar, IFES Guatemala Chief of Party, on CEPPS’ technical assistance during the 2015 general elections.


Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for an Operations Specialist position in Bangladesh. We are also accepting applications for a Human Resources Associate.

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