Key to our work in the elections and political processes sector is support for developing an engaged citizenry and a vibrant civil society. Our programs support free and fair elections through voter education, voter registration, election administration, and international and domestic election observation. We support democratic governance through political party development and legal and regulatory reform.
Nationwide election observation in Bangladesh
Despite widespread violence and challenging conditions, we undertook the only nationwide observation mission for the 10th National Parliamentary Elections. The Foundation worked with a network of 29 local NGOs to train and deploy 9,490 short-term and 180 long-term observers. For subsequent local-level elections, we supported the use of SMS real-time data collection methodology and statistical sampling to allow for scientific analysis and independent verification of election results. For additional impact, we partnered with the Bangladesh Election Commission in a comprehensive civic education campaign to update the electoral roll.
Voters get tech savvy in Myanmar
With less than two months until Myanmar’s historic election, the country’s technology community mobilized to help voters through the MaePaySoh (Let’s Vote) Hack Challenge. Over 200 of Myanmar’s best developers signed up to participate in the competition to build the best apps, websites, and other digital products to provide voters timely and accurate information. The initiative was created by The Asia Foundation in collaboration with Myanmar Innovation Lab Phandeeyar, with co-funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Held at Phandeeyar, located in downtown Yangon, the initiative tapped talented local Myanmar developers to provide voters access to essential, non-partisan information in order to better understand the electoral process and make informed choices on the November 8 general elections. Other organizations supporting the MaePaySoh Hack Challenge include tech community groups Geek Girls Myanmar and Google Developer Group Yangon and civil society organizations like Charity Oriented Myanmar and Open Myanmar Initiative.
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