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2014 IFES Photography Contest Winners and Finalists

October 16, 2014

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Photo Contest, highlighting the importance of democracy by capturing images from around the world that call attention to the electoral and political process. This year IFES received over 500 images and competition was tough.

Our four categories reflect IFES’ thematic work: Election Management; Electoral Integrity and Transparency; Citizen Participation; and Inclusion and Empowerment. A panel of photography and subject matter experts evaluated and judged the photos on relevance to the theme, photographic quality and ability to tell a story.


View the full-resolution images on Flickr.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Celebrating the 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards Dinner

October 02, 2014

On October 1, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) celebrated its fifth annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards with a gala dinner and ceremony at the Washington, D.C. Marriott at Metro Center. This ceremony brings diverse groups of domestic and international leaders together who share a belief in advancing good governance and democratic rights by empowering and encouraging active citizen participation.

IFES presents the awards annually to three individuals who embody the character and spirit of former U.S. Ambassador and IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt. This year’s honorees were Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Machado was unable to attend in person due to an order by the Venezuelan government not to leave the country. Her son Henrique Sosa Machado and the former President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana, accepted the award on her behalf.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election

September 23, 2014

On September 23, 2014, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a conversation between IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney and the former Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India (ECI), S.Y. Quraishi. Sweeney and Quraishi discussed Quraishi’s book An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election, a first-person account of the recent electoral history of India and a must-read for those interested in understanding how the world's largest democracy works. Quraishi was also presented with the IFES’ prestigious Hutar Award, which honors those who express a commitment to improving democratic practices.

During the event, Sweeney marveled at the immense technical undertaking of elections in India, noting that as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of India, Quraishi oversaw elections that involved over 11 million Indian government personnel. Indeed, elections in India generate both wonder and interest globally. Polls have been held at regular intervals in the country since independence, and on an unprecedented scale, surmounting the massive challenges posed by the geography of the land and the diversity of the Indian populace.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

Ebola in Liberia: Its Effect on Governance and Democracy

September 19, 2014

Ebola’s destructive path in West Africa has not only displaced communities and people but has exacerbated the strain facing already weak institutions and governance. The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) hosted panel discussion on the key structural and governance issues that have been underscored by the current Ebola crisis in Liberia. The panelist provided keen insights into the complex and evolving situation. IFES Senior Program Manager for Africa Matthew Parry spoke about the challenges facing the pending elections and the role civil society can play to increase awareness about Ebola.

Drivers of Democracy - Highlighting IFES Staff

September 17, 2014

Here at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), our diverse staff work in many ways to advance good governance and democratic rights around the world and engage in everything from hosting events, managing finance and even cleaning offices! Check out quotes from field office staff about their experiences with IFES by looking through the gallery. See more staff and read their full quotes.

IFES and OAS Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Electoral Observation Systems

September 08, 2014

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 8 to further cooperation on electoral observation systems.

IFES has been actively promoting the right of citizens in OAS member states – and around the world – to have a voice in how they are governed. When founded in 1987, Haiti was one of the first countries where IFES developed programming. Today, IFES provides technical and professional assistance across Latin America and the Caribbean in all areas of the electoral cycle.

You can find a high-resolution gallery of these images on Flickr.

All Electoral Integrity and Transparency

Empowering Tomorrow through Youth Engagement

August 20, 2014

IFES works to empower youth around the world by hosting democracy-focused camps, events, and activities. By educating young people about democracy, we enable them to express themselves and have a voice in their communities.

Civic Education, Youth Engagement

Indonesians Elect a new President

July 31, 2014

On July 22, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. the General Election Commission of Indonesia (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, KPU) declared Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla winners of the July 9, 2014 presidential election. Of the 135 million votes cast Jokowi received 71 million, taking 53.15% of the valid votes and winning by a 6.3% margin. 

The photo gallery highlights some of the key events on that day. You can also view the images on our Flickr profile

All Election Management

IFES' 2011-2013 Photography Contest Winners

June 25, 2014

Since 2009, IFES has hosted an annual contest to showcase amateur and professional photography of democratic processes from around the globe.

This gallery features the winners of the IFES Photography Contest of past years (2011-2013). Each photo was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.

The 2014 Photo Contest features four categories to reflect IFES' themes: Citizen Participation, Electoral Integrity and Transparency, Election Management, and Inclusion and Empowerment. 


The contest ends August 1st, 2014. Submit your photos now! Learn more.

Stunts and Races for Gender Equality

May 01, 2014

On April 4-5, the IFES-supported Journalists Network for Gender Equality (JNGE) conducted a public outreach campaign titled, “We Need Women in Politics! Vote for Women!” A gender-themed arts and crafts exhibition was held in Telavi, followed by a gender-themed auto rally that gathered over 3,000 attendees, including the Governor of Kakheti and the head of Telavi’s municipality. Six women and 16 men racers participated in the event, which highlighted the importance of gender equality with an innovative twist.

Media Relations, All Election Management