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October 2017

Liberia's Landmark 2017 Elections Deepen its Democracy

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After decades of conflict and civil war, Liberia’s October 2017 landmark general elections represent a critical juncture for the country’s democracy. Liberians are poised to witness the first transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another since 1944. Editorial and Communications Manager Adam Gallagher writes about IFES' work in Liberia, partnership with the National Elections Commission, and the importance of these elections for the country's democratic consolidation.

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IFES Testifies on Capitol Hill on “The Future of Democracy and Governance in Liberia” 

On September 13, IFES Regional Director for Africa Rushdi Nackerdien provided testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “The Future of Democracy and Governance in Liberia.” Nackerdien noted the importance of U.S. support to Liberia’s democratic consolidation and called for further electoral assistance through the post-election period.

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Q&A with IFES Senior Gender Specialist Dr. Gabrielle Bardall 

In this Q&A, IFES Senior Gender Specialist Dr. Gabrielle Bardall, who rejoined the organization this month, discusses how academics and development practitioners can work together to promote women’s political participation, IFES’ efforts to foster women’s empowerment and inclusive governance, and provides suggested resources for those looking to learn more about women’s political participation.

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IFES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On October 2, IFES celebrated its 30th anniversary with the Eighth Annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy and 2017 Joe C. Baxter Awards in Washington, D.C. This year’s awardees were His Excellency Luis Almagro, secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), former IFES Board Vice Chair Judy Black (R), Congressman David Price (D-N.C.), and Joe C. Baxter awardee Tamar Zhvania, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Georgia.

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New Version of Moroccan Sign Language Mobile App Released

On September 22, IFES Morocco released an updated version of its electoral lexicon mobile phone app. The app, named صوتي حقي, or “My Vote, My Right,” is an accessible civic education tool created for Moroccan citizens, particularly in the Deaf community. The app features live-person videos of all terms of the Moroccan sign language electoral lexicon in French, Arabic, and Moroccan sign language, as well as definitions of the terms in all three languages. The application is available to download on iOS and Android devices.

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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 IFES Indonesia Program Manager Erni Andriani, who has worked with IFES’ partner the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) since it was founded in 2011; Tamar Zhvania, chair of Georgia’s Central Election Commission and the recipient of the 2017 Joe C. Baxter Award; and IFES Libya Chief of Party Mike Yard, who discusses his experience during South Africa’s historic 1994 general elections and other democratic achievements on the continent.

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Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Technical Director for the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening. We are also accepting applications for an Electoral Management Specialist in Nigeria.

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