Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening

Established in 1995, 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.

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.

Read CEPPS' white paper on "Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 through democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) assistance"

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 Events

Join CEPPS in a virtual conversation with representatives from three local CSOs working to empower persons with disabilities in political life. In this webinar, CEPPS will explore: barriers to and opportunities for participation for persons with disabilities in North Macedonia, Mongolia, and Mexico; the unique ways in which each organization has worked to eliminate challenges; and adaptations to each organization’s work in response to the additional challenges facing persons with disabilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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.

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