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December 07, 2016
The news from Austria on Sunday was actually about what didn’t happen:  Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) did not win his re-election campaign.  In fact, he didn’t really even come close. If it seems like you’ve already read about one Austrian... Read More
December 06, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century Vienna was one of Europe's major intellectual, cultural and political centers. Its diversity and forward-looking character attracted the best minds of contemporary science, art and political life. While being the capital of the Austrian Empire, it became a home to... Read More
December 06, 2016
The times do not seem to be ripe for European leaders to organize referendums. After the spectacular backfire caused by the Brexit referendum (which cost Prime Minister David Cameron his career), and a half-victory for Viktor Orbán on a referendum of migrants quota that he was expected to fully... Read More
December 05, 2016
On December 7, Ghanaians will vote in their seventh general elections since the return of democratic rule in 1992. These highly anticipated and closely watched elections will cap off an interesting year for electoral contests in Africa; highlighted most recently by the Gambia’s December 1... Read More
December 05, 2016
In the United States, partisan politics has hit one of its highest points of polarization in decades. Elected officials in Washington, D.C. remain sorted into their respective camps increasingly in the workplace as well as social situations. While “the aisle” sometimes appears to be more of a... Read More
December 03, 2016
Our political party, civil society and governance initiatives are designed to give a voice to and serve the needs of the ordinary citizen. Yet in many places where we work, traditionally marginalized groups like persons with disabilities remain unrepresented in and sidelined from democratic... Read More
December 01, 2016
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. There is much being done to commemorate the day around the world. The UN is running the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign, New York City unveiled its AIDS memorial, Apple “turned (red)”, and there is much talk about the HIV vaccination trial underway in... Read More
November 27, 2016
Ain Draham is small town located high in the Kroumirie mountains only a few kilometers from the Algerian border. The historic summer resort area is a retreat for tourists seeking the healing effects of the hot springs. The town itself is anything but healing for local residents. Poverty,... Read More
November 24, 2016
Ten years ago, WDN was founded with the mission to empower women to lead. Since then, WDN has reached thousands of women through trainings and workshops carried out by its Country Chapters and in partnership with IRI regional teams. Our sixteen Country Chapters conduct activities that train women... Read More
November 22, 2016
To bring about change at all is difficult enough; to inspire change when no one else acknowledges the problem is practically a Herculean feat. “My colleagues did not understand why I was addressing the issue of out-of-school education,” recalls Ukrainian Olga Chichina. “No one has worked with this... Read More

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