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A woman holds a tape measure across a doorway
Sept. 2017

Multi-stakeholder Working Group Conducts Polling Station Accessibility Audit in Macedonia

In August 2017, the State Election Commission of Macedonia (SEC), in collaboration with eight civil society organizations (CSOs), including disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), the Ministry for Labour and Social Policy (MLSP), Organization for security and cooperation (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), carried out the first country-wide polling station accessibility audit. The working group, which used a modified version of IFES’ polling station accessibility checklist, visited 2,733 ...

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Sept. 2017

Q&A with Ishan Jalill

Ishan Jalill, IFES Sri Lanka Inclusion Advisor, provided his perspective on disability inclusion for U.S. National DIsability Employment Awareness Month in September 2017. The interview, which has been lightly edited for clarity, is available below.

 

What impact has your work with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) had on disability inclusion in Sri Lanka?

 

I think the greatest impact was made in terms of visibility; it was ...

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A man with a physical disability stands in the middle of a room with other persons in a circle
Aug. 2017

Nepali Disability Rights Champion Empowers Persons with Disabilities to Participate

Persons with disabilities are among the most excluded and marginalized in Nepal. Thousands of individuals with disabilities have no access to any form of government service and are therefore unable to exercise their civic, social, cultural, economic, electoral, and political rights. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Strengthening Political Party, Electoral and Legislative Processes (SPPELP) program in Nepal, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has focused on empowering ...

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