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September 2017

Reflecting on Democratic Progress on International Day of Democracy

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In 2007, the United Nations declared September 15 International Day of Democracy, with the aim of promoting and protecting democratic principles. At IFES, we have supported these principles for three decades, working to ensure that every voice has a vote. As we celebrated International Day of Democracy, our regional directors provided an overview of the important democratic trends and challenges, as well as the opportunities, from their respective regions.

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Raising Trust in Electoral Technology

From August 31 through September 2, election officials from over 50 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania, for the third General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies and an international conference on electoral technology. IFES Senior Global Electoral Adviser Peter Erben delivered one of the most discussed and quoted presentations of the conference, drawing on IFES' three decades of electoral assistance, on innovation aided by traditional approaches.

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Survey Reveals Illiterate Tunisians Plan to Participate in Upcoming Elections

An IFES quantitative survey, conducted from December 2016 to January 2017, aimed to gain a better understanding of illiterate Tunisians’ levels of political participation and civic engagement and identify obstacles preventing or discouraging them from voting. This information will inform the design of outreach campaigns aimed at increasing illiterate Tunisians’ understanding of political and electoral processes, as well as more targeted voter information campaigns to encourage illiterate Tunisians to register and participate in elections.

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Mandela Day Book Drive Benefiting Turner Elementary

On August 23, members of the IFES Africa team delivered books collected for its Mandela Day Book Drive to Turner Elementary School in neighboring Congress Heights, Washington, D.C. The book drive’s target was to collect 441 books for the school (one for each student in grades K-5), but ultimately far exceeded its goal by collecting over 600 books. In honor of anti-apartheid advocate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela's 67 years of public service, the United Nations-designated holiday encourages people to give with the goal of bringing enduring, positive change in our local communities through collective action.

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IFES Announces U.S. Recipients of 2017 Democracy Award

IFES will honor former IFES Board of Directors Vice Chair Judy Black (R) and Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) with its 2017 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award on October 2nd. They will be joined by the international recipient of the 2017 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award, His Excellency Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, and Tamar Zhvania, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the 2017 Joe C. Baxter Award honoree.

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Notes on Democracy

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IFES is turning 30 this year and we invite you to celebrate our anniversary! Read and share our success stories with Dr. Christiana Thorpe, former chief electoral commissioner and chairwoman of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone and the 2014 Joe C. Baxter Award honoree; IFES Senior Communications Specialist Maxim Sansour on the role of media centers in election transparency; and Nay Lin Soe, a disability rights advocate from Myanmar and 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award recipient.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Director of Program Administration and Contracts position. We are also accepting applications for a Chief of Party position in Papua New Guinea.

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