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December 13, 2017
The local government sector is one of the biggest success stories in Ukraine today.  Since 2015, when IRI began measuring municipal service satisfaction and political/social attitudes in Ukraine's 24 largest cities, there have been year-on-year increases in public satisfaction with local... Read More
December 09, 2017
A couple years ago, a major corruption scandal came to light in Brazil.  An investigation called “Operation Car Wash” (Operação Lava Jato) uncovered evidence that the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht had set up an elaborate system to pay bribes, overcharge on public works... Read More
December 09, 2017
Fake news and corruption are two significant issues testing the fabric of Mongolian democracy today. Although these challenges have been widely covered global trends, with fake news becoming somewhat of a buzz word in the realms of politics and international development, neither issues are new but... Read More
December 08, 2017
“We have trade and energy ties with Iran. We did not breach the sanctions [on Iran]. Whatever the verdict is, we did the right thing. We have never made commitments to the U.S. [on our energy ties with Iran],” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told ruling Justice and Development... Read More
December 08, 2017
Wherever it occurs, corruption kills, wastes money, and weakens democracy. Corruption is far too common in the public sector according to the 2016 International... Read More
December 06, 2017
Providing results on Election Day is a fairly common practice in the Americas, but not this time in Honduras. According to international and national observers, voting on November 26 took place peacefully and without major problems. But when the polls closed, things began to go sideways. Both... Read More
December 04, 2017
Alrededor del mundo el termino populismo está siendo objeto de estudio de diversos actores de la sociedad, quienes han expuesto su preocupación por construir comunidades en donde las diversas ideologías logren convivir entre sí. El término ha recobrado gran relevancia en las discusiones políticas... Read More
November 30, 2017
At IRI, we believe that sustainable results are more likely when supported by multiple stakeholders – political parties, civic activists, and local government officials. Therefore, since January, we have been piloting an innovative local governance program in four cities across Ukraine—... Read More
November 28, 2017
What makes an opposition party effective? And why do they need to be? The answers to these questions were the main themes of the Political Alternatives Summit IRI organized in Vienna. This Summit gathered leaders and senior party officials from 25 different parties and 16 countries from all over... Read More
November 24, 2017
During the municipal elections in my hometown a couple of years ago, I left work early and went downtown to vote. I presented my ID, the poll workers smiled, and I went to a booth. I recognized the names on the ballot from campaign ads around town and my research. If I didn’t like any of the... Read More