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Consortium for Elections & Political Process Strengthening

Strengthening Democracy Through Partnership!

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Established in 1995, the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) pools the expertise of three premier international organizations dedicated to democratic development: the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.

The Consortium also includes the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, the Asian Network for Free Elections, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and Search for Common Ground.

CEPPS has a 20-year track record of collaboration and leadership in democracy, human rights and governance support, learning from experience, and adopting new approaches and tools based on the ever-evolving technological landscape.

As mission driven, nonprofit democracy organizations, we differ from many development actors by maintaining long-term relationships with political parties, election management bodies, parliaments, civil society organizations and democracy activists.

Through our work, we:

  • Promote meaningful participation of all citizens in their political systems, including women, youth and other traditionally marginalized groups.

  • Harness the comparative advantages of media and technology to promote citizen understanding and engagement and transparent political competition.

  • Support meaningful transition processes that establish positive precedents for effective democratic governance.

  • Promote the integrity of elections as a sustainable vehicle for peacefully and democratically choosing leaders.

  • Facilitate the ability of elected political actors to fulfill their responsibilities to citizens through better governance practices.

  • Promote competitive and representative multi-party political systems.

  • Ensure respect for the application of impartial legal frameworks and compliance by political actors.

CEPPS by the Numbers

Since 2008, we have worked with:

  • 2,469 civic organizations.
  • 786 political parties.
  • 728 elected bodies.
  • 317 women’s organizations.

Since 1995, we have:

  • Supported 89 international election observation missions in 38 countries.
  • Worked with 178 citizen election groups in 188 elections and referenda across 62 countries, mobilizing more than 4 million voters.
  • Supported 58 election management bodies.
  • Helped organize 170 debates in 31 countries.

Each organization bring more than 25 years of experience and we have:

  • Field offices in 81 countries.
  • Operated programs in 140 countries.
  • Awarded 475 sub-grants worth more than $89 million.
  • More than 3,600 filed staff, speaking more than 120 languages.
  • Field directors with an average of 15 years of experience and 9 years of tenure.

The generous support of individuals and corporations enable IRI staff and volunteers to carry out its mission around the world. With your help, IRI will continue its mission of hope for decades to come.

IRI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible

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