Syria

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has been working since 2013 to enhance the capacity of government and political leaders, civil society actors, women’s groups, and citizens at the grassroots level to support the establishment of inclusive and effective democratic processes and institutions in Syria.

IFES engages with local partners, including a network of civil society organizations and other stakeholders that IFES helped to establish, to share information about international standards and practices with the wider Syrian community and create opportunities for discussion about principles of democracy and governance, human rights, and conflict management. IFES also works with local partners on conflict mitigation, civic education and civil society capacity building efforts, while preparing government-level stakeholders to address critical governance issues and collaborate with key groups and organizations. Additionally, IFES engages with the Syrian diaspora to create linkages between citizens, non-governmental stakeholders, and government institutions to encourage the establishment of inclusive and effective democratic processes and institutions in Syria.