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October 19, 2017
Southern Africa, for many years considered a beacon of democracy on the continent, has recently been showing signs of democratic decline. Corruption, state capture, compromised judicial and legislative institutions and attempts to stifle media and freedom of expression have become too common of a... Read More
October 18, 2017
The Generation Democracy Global Summit in Vienna, Austria was as a model example of how to meaningfully involve youth in political engagement. When I arrived in Vienna, I was skeptical that European politics could be a model of active democratic participation in Africa. However, interactive... Read More
October 16, 2017
Just over 20 years ago, leaders of the main ethnic groups of former Yugoslavia signed the Dayton Agreement, ending years of bloody conflict. Few Americans are familiar with the Dayton agreement and America’s involvement in facilitating the agreement. Even fewer are up to speed on what is currently... Read More
October 16, 2017
One lesson from yesterday’s early elections to the National Council in Austria is this: the mainline center-right and center-left parties in Europe are not necessarily consigned to ever-dwindling results if they can reorient themselves to better address the views and demands of the population and... Read More
October 10, 2017
When Tim Judah, the well-known British journalist and writer, coined the term Yugosphere in 2009, alluding to the joint economic and cultural space of countries once belonging to former Yugoslavia,... Read More
October 07, 2017
On Tuesday, October 10, nearly two million Liberians will go to the polls to vote for their next president. Less than two decades after a brutal 14-year civil war claimed the lives of 250,000 people and plunged West Africa into conflict, Liberians have an... Read More
October 05, 2017
As a young child, Tony was interested in Latin America. In 2011, he came to IRI to work in Guatemala. For the past six and a half years Tony has worked with local government officials to make government more transparent. "I am IRI" highlights the members of our team who aid in achieving our vision... Read More
October 04, 2017
IRI founded the Women’s Support Network (WSN) in May 2016 to support Moroccan women who are interested in being active in political and civic life. IRI understands that when you invest in... Read More
October 02, 2017
Learning a second language is highly beneficial in the work we do. But, to really understand the language, to get the inside jokes and the slang, that is when you receive a deeper understanding of the culture. For example, ... Read More
September 27, 2017
In Uganda, where 78 percent of people are 30 years old and younger. young people often complain of the lack of voice and meaningful participation in politics. Political parties are regarded as inaccessible and the domain of older, more experienced politicians. To help address this, IRI launched a... Read More