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May 2016

Democracy Support Strategies in Africa

On May 18, IFES Regional Director for Africa Rushdi Nackerdien testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “Democracy Support Strategies in Africa.” Nackerdien recommended that the U.S. Congress maintain and even increase American engagement with democracy and governance programming in Africa, with a particular focus on election assistance across the entire electoral cycle.

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Georgia’s Election Commission Develops Draft Gender Policy with IFES Support

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia requested IFES’ support to develop a Gender Equality Policy. After consultation with various stakeholders, the following areas of concern became the basis for a draft Gender Equality Policy: 1) Building CEC staff capacity to create an environment of equal participation for women and men; 2) Ensuring the internal policies and practices of the CEC support all staff; and 3) Developing relationships with external stakeholders on gender equality.

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Egypt’s National Council for Disability Affairs and IFES Host International Conference on Electoral Accessibility

IFES and Egypt’s National Council for Disability Affairs hosted a conference in Cairo on April 12 and 13 on electoral access for persons with disabilities, with over 180 participants in attendance. Conference sessions covered several topics, including how national and international laws protect the rights of persons with disabilities to participate in elections, ways that governmental and non-governmental electoral stakeholders can work together to support inclusive elections, and tools and resources for inclusive electoral management.

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Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Pacific

As part of its efforts to promote accessible and inclusive elections in the Asia-Pacific region, IFES presented the disability rights and elections module of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance, and Elections curriculum from April 6-7 to members of the General Election Commission of Indonesia.

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IFES also worked closely with the organizers of the Pacific Electoral Networks Meeting to hold the Pacific Disabilities Rights Dialogue from May 11-13, which aimed to cultivate consultative discussions among disabled persons’ organizations and election management bodies in the region and increase awareness of election access issues.

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Notes on Democracy

IFES’ 2016 Photography Contest is now open and accepting submissions until July 1. The contest is open to all levels of photographers. While democracy promotion is a subjective theme, photos that capture the essence of IFES’ core areas of work (Electoral Integrity, Participation and Inclusion, Accountability, and Women’s Empowerment) are highly favored. The competition is open to IFES staff and the grand prize winner will receive $1,000 (USD) and the winner from the IFES Choice category will receive $800 (USD).

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Multimedia

Established in 1995, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) pools the expertise of three premier democracy promotion organizations: IFES, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). In this interview, IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney, IRI President Ambassador Mark Green, and NDI President Kenneth Wollack discuss how CEPPS’ collaborated during recent milestone elections in Myanmar, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

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Work with IFES


IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Director of Contracts and Grants position. We
are also accepting applications for a Technical Director in Cambodia.

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