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January 2017

IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights

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IFES is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. To mark our 30th anniversary, we will share 30 human interest stories throughout the year that illustrate the positive impact of our work. We encourage you to share these stories and personal voices and also invite you to explore our website and learn more about our programs. Check out our first stories on youth engagement featuring Azamat Karabotoev from Kyrgyzstan, a participant in an IFES Democracy Camp, and on women’s empowerment featuring a video interview with U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18).


IFES Trains NEC Gender Section in Liberia on Disability Rights

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development, IFES has worked closely with the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) over the past several years to build its capacity to conduct credible and inclusive elections. As part of this work, IFES is providing the NEC Gender Section with technical support on the inclusion of marginalized groups, such as persons with disabilities and women.

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Haiti’s 2016 Presidential Election: Another Step Toward Democracy

On January 3, 2017, the Haitian Electoral Council finally published the official results of the 2016 presidential election, following a nearly two-year process. For the Haitian people and their partners, it’s a step toward democracy and a return to the constitutional order.

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Twitter Campaign Highlights Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities

To recognize the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, IFES launched a Twitter campaign for the month of December that highlighted the participation of disability rights advocates around the world.

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Launch of IFES White Paper on IDPs and Electoral Participation in Ukrainian

Last month, IFES Senior Global Electoral Adviser and Ukraine Country Director Peter Erben unveiled the recently translated Ukrainian and Russian editions of IFES’ newly published global white paper, “Internally Displaced Persons and Electoral Participation: A Brief Overview.” The white paper, co-authored by Erben, represents the culmination of comprehensive research efforts in Ukraine and worldwide intended to address challenges relating to the electoral participation of internally displaced persons.

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Notes on Democracy

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IFES congratulates Myanmar Chief of Party Paul Guerin on receiving an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for supporting fair and democratic elections in Myanmar. Guerin’s OBE is an unparalleled commendation and confirmation of the value of his work leading the IFES team in Myanmar to fulfill our aspiration of a vote for every voice.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager position. We are also accepting applications for an Administrative Coordinator position.

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