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September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
September 26, 2016
Last week was the celebration of the International Day of Peace, with various demonstrations of good intent and symbolic gestures throughout the world, including in New York City as world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.   Likewise, it is a good time to look... Read More
September 26, 2016
Much has been written about the recent elections for the Russian State Duma, which took place Septemeber the 18th.  Most post-election analysis has centered on the ruling United Russia party dominating the results, noting that the party acquired enough seats for a constitutional majority,... Read More
September 22, 2016
Since Indonesia adopted a gender-quota law for elections in 2003, and strengthened it five years later, the number of women elected to the 560-seat House of Representatives, or DPR, had increased, from 11% in 2004 to more than 18% in 2009.  Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of the... Read More
September 22, 2016
Besides being prime places to experience South American cuisine, Colombia and Peru are in prime positions for their members of Congress and their staff to strengthen legislative services and oversight. The eagerness to energize such actions was brought to light during the series of technical... Read More
September 21, 2016
In early September, IRI brought Syrian refugees together with their new Jordanian hosts to build community and share common experiences as well as mutual challenges. Mafraq is one of Jordan’s biggest counties making up the entire northeast arm of the country. It shares borders with Syria, Iraq,... Read More
September 21, 2016
In Kenya, International Peace Day is being celebrated with a plan: a plan to mitigate conflict through improved local governance. IRI has been working with community leaders, local government officials, and county elders to understand and alleviate conflict in Kenya’s northwestern Baringo County.... Read More
September 21, 2016
Ghana has been praised over the years for its stability, development and democratic elections. Since the start of its Fourth Republic in 1993, Ghana has experienced three presidential transitions, including transitioning peacefully from one party to another. But there is concern that the 2016... Read More
September 19, 2016
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with members of IRI Empower Initiatives in Jordan. These Initiatives help women in impoverished areas become leaders in their communities and enables them to work to change the stigmas surrounding female participation in civic life and politics.... Read More
September 19, 2016
Through over a decade of experience in Bangladesh, IRI has developed close partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs) to empower locally-driven solutions to pressing community issues.  Of these CSOs, the JAAGO Foundation, a youth-oriented... Read More

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