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August 2016

IFES Announces Winners of 2016 Photography Contest

Two compelling photographs depicting insightful moments of Election Day in India and voter registration in Nepal have won the top prizes of IFES’ 2016 Photography Contest. They were part of 10 photographs selected as finalists among the more than 100 images that were submitted to the democracy-themed competition.


Strategic Planning: Laying the Groundwork for Sri Lanka’s 2020 Elections

Under the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded “Improved Election Management Program,” IFES is supporting Sri Lanka’s Election Commission (EC) to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that strengthens the EC’s ability to operate as an independent manager of the electoral process. IFES support draws on its experience developing strategic plans with election management bodies worldwide – including in Pakistan, Georgia and the Philippines.

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IFES’ "Elections: More Inclusion, Less Violence” Program in Guatemala

Through the “Elections: More Inclusion, Less Violence” project implemented by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, IFES provided technical assistance to Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal during the 2015 electoral process. This assistance came during a critical period in Guatemala’s democratic development following a corruption scandal that led to the ouster of the country’s Vice President and President before the September 2015 general elections.

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Libyan Electoral Sign Language Lexicon Facilitates Deaf Empowerment

For Deaf Libyans, language barriers are a profound challenge to full participation in political life. In Libyan elections – as in many elections worldwide – essential electoral information is not translated into sign language, creating an alarming gap in access to information for Libyan Deaf communities. To address the severe information gap, IFES partnered with Libyan experts in sign language to develop a lexicon of more than 300 political and electoral terms in sign language.

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Notes on Democracy

On July 26, 1990, the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law increasing access to basic rights for persons with disabilities in the country. The RightsNow! project, implemented through a coalition that includes Mobility International USA, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, IFES, and the U.S. International Council on Disability, uses the ADA as a positive example to encourage disability rights advocates around the world. The RightsNow! portal contains practical tools for disabled persons’ organizations and information on how the ADA has improved access to rights in the United States.

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Julie Hughes currently serves as IFES Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Kenya Electoral Assistance Program (KEAP). In this podcast, Hughes discusses the KEAP, how democracy is defined, and what inspires her work.


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IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Program Manager position for Latin America.
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