Youth Participation: Preparing for the Future, Making an Impact Today
August 09, 2012
International Youth Day, commemorated every year on August 12, provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of young persons around the world to their countries' democratic systems. By helping spread information about the importance of voting, participating in workshops on civic responsibility, forming organizations to advance democratic practices and casting their ballots – youth are powerful change agents in their societies.
Expanding Voter Education in the DRC
September 29, 2011
IFES has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1998, and is currently focusing on a civic education program. Program Coordinator Matthew Cohen recently visited DRC to help the project expand to more DRC provinces.
Conversations and Films: Voter Education Efforts in Liberia
August 31, 2011
In an effort to increase awareness and knowledge on the 23 August constitutional referendum that was held in Liberia, IFES and 18 civil society organizations (CSOs) launched an extensive civic and voter education campaign. Posters were placed throughout Liberian towns and villages, outreach was performed for individuals across the country and a mobile cinema featuring a film on the changes that would be implemented by the referendum went on tour.
Voter Education in Haiti
April 04, 2011
After a close and controversial first-round presidential vote in November, on March 20 Haiti held a runoff election for its top two presidential candidates, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly. As part of its technical assistance to the CEP, and in close coordination and cooperation with other partners, IFES organized a public information campaign reminding voters to check their registration information, confirm the location of their polling station and cast their ballots on Election Day.
Exploring Moldova through Food, Farming, and Politics
December 20, 2010
Living in Washington, DC exposes people to colleagues who have traveled all over the world for work. Yet, when I told my friends that for my second posting with IFES I would travel to Moldova, many looked at me as if I had suddenly given them a geography quiz, and they were failing.