IFES Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Liberia’s Landmark 2017 Elections Deepen its Democracy

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.

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.

On October 15, the Kyrgyz Republic held presidential elections. This was a historic vote; the first “regular” transition of power from a sitting president who has completed a constitutionally defined term of office to an elected successor. Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who is backed by outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev’s Social Democratic party, won the election with 54.3 percent of the about 1.7 million votes cast.

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

Mike Yard is a recognized international election administration and technology expert with over 25 years of experience. He has advised election authorities in over 15 countries and served as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Chief of Party in Kenya and Uganda. In this Q&A, Yard discusses his experience during South Africa’s historic 1994 general elections, the role of technology in democratic progress in Africa, and other democratic achievements on the continent.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has been a critical partner in IFES’ work in Georgia. In this Q&A, CEC Chair Tamar Zhvania discusses IFES’ work with the Georgian election management body and efforts to ensure electoral access for persons with disabilities and promote gender equality.

In this Q&A, IFES Indonesia Program Manager Erni Andriani, who has worked with AGENDA since it was founded in 2011, discusses how AGENDA cooperates with other stakeholders to ensure the right of persons with disabilities, AGENDA’s biggest achievements, and some of the biggest challenges to disability rights in Southeast Asia.