Governance

IFES employee Annie Kalanga compiles press clips to help Congolese civil society groups monitor parliament and increase government transparency. Photo by Gabrielle Bardall/IFES

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Snapshots: 2012 Manatt Democracy Awards Dinner

September 13, 2012

IFES' 2012 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards dinner was held in Washington, D.C., on September 11. Current and former U.S. elected officials, members of the diplomatic corps, colleagues and friends gathered to honor this year's award recipients: Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and women's advocate Maimuna Mwidau of Kenya. The evening also offered an opportunity to commemorate IFES' 25th anniversary.

Democracy Assistance, Governance

In the Midst of History: IFES Experts Share their Experiences

September 10, 2012

IFES chiefs of party and country directors are in the thick of every election to which they lend their expertise.

Capacity Building, Governance

VOICE for the People: Using Robust Evaluations for More Effective Civic Education Programs

August 15, 2012

In order gain precise insight into the effect of its adult civic education program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), IFES implemented the VOICE Impact Evaluation study.

Civic Education, Elections, Governance

Libyans Vote in First Post-Gaddafi Election

July 17, 2012

On July 7, 2012, Libya took a major step on its path to democracy when it conducted elections for General National Congress, the body that is replacing the current unelected National Transitional Council. Despite dealing with a short timeframe to implement the poll and a challenging security environment, the event was considered a success. Election Day was a joyful occasion as citizens lined up to cast their ballots in the first poll since Mu'amar Gaddafi was deposed.

Elections, Post-conflict, Governance

Post-Soviet Nations: After Two Decades, Disarray and Democracy as Youth Demand Change

December 21, 2011

One could argue that the reforms of the past 20 years in the post-Soviet space have led to the rise of a decisive, new, politically conscious generation of young leaders. I argue such a new generation has arisen in spite of reforms and, in some cases, as a reaction against them.

Youth Engagement, Governance

Central Africa: The Role of Elections in Guaranteeing Human Rights

October 26, 2011

Good governance, elections and human rights go hand in hand and cannot be dealt with in isolation from each other.

Democracy Assistance, Electoral Systems, Governance

IFES Guinea Director, Board Member Give Recommendations to G20

September 23, 2011

IFES Country Director in Guinea Elizabeth Côté and Board Member Gérard Stoudman attended the Peace, Economic Development and Solidarity conference 8 September to 11 September in Yamassoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.

Governance, Democracy Assistance

Celebrating International Day of Democracy

September 15, 2011

IFES celebrates the power of the vote and the people around the world who are committed to building stronger democracies.

Democracy Assistance, Governance, Women's Empowerment, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Ukrainians Pessimistic about Country’s Future; Confidence in Political Leaders Falling

September 13, 2011

Ukrainians have a more pessimistic view of their country’s future now than a year ago, with more than half saying they believe Ukraine is on a path toward instability, according to a survey conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Public Opinion, Governance, Legal Framework

Talking History and Democracy 20 Years after the USSR

August 31, 2011

August 19 marked 20 years since a coup d'etat was staged by top Communist Party officials, the ultimate failure of which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Looking back at the past two decades, questions arise about the changes that have taken place in the former Soviet republics.

Governance, Democracy Assistance

Topic In Brief

Good governance prevails when government officials manage public institutions in an efficient, transparent manner that is responsive to citizens’ concerns. It also requires that citizens work collaboratively with officials in the pursuit of common social, political, economic and cultural goals.

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