The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1987. This Washington, D. C.-based development organization provides assistance and support for elections in new and emerging democracies. Since 1987, IFES has provided assistance in 133 countries and it currently has programs in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas..
To underscore its independent approach, IFES is supervised by a Board of Directors made up of equal parts Democrats, Republicans and members of the international community. The president of IFES is Bill Sweeney. He replaced Jean-Pierre Kingsley in 2009.. CBC News. Retrieved 31 January 2007. IFES maintains a number of field offices in country led by Chiefs of Party, who supervise and organize IFES's activities in each region.