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September 19, 2017
In my last blog, A Deep Bench, I wrote of 36 incredible youth democracy activists from 13 different countries in Asia who met in Bangkok for a weekend of leadership development. At the event, I had the privilege to meet Gunawan, a civil... Read More
September 18, 2017
In many places, women are still seen as incapable of taking on responsibility in what are perceived as male-oriented areas. Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often sidelined. This is a problem all over the world, and the... Read More
September 15, 2017
Last Sunday Russians voted in local elections in 82 administrative regions of the country, including Moscow. They elected governors, municipal, and district deputies. The outcome of this year’s Election Day was mostly unsurprising regarding the results, with some exceptions, and provided us with... Read More
September 13, 2017
Throughout Democracy Speaks, you can read about IRI’s political party trainings. You can find out what kind of curriculum we teach, how many people attended and what the training was like. But a lingering question you may have is: what happens after the training? Since 2014, IRI has worked with... Read More
September 12, 2017
A few years ago, I passed the much-feared threshold that officially separates “youth” from “grown up.” During this time, colleagues that I had trained as part of IRI's youth programs came of age politically and were being elected into parliament and joining their national governments.... Read More
September 11, 2017
This past May, my son was born. As I sat in the hospital room and held him in my hand, I thought what many new parents probably think: how important it is to pass the world to the next generation. Youth are our collective future. Too often young people are excluded from the decision making process... Read More
September 08, 2017
In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, the King instituted constitutional reforms in response to demands for more citizen-centered governance. The task now is implementation. IRI is thus on the ground, helping Morocco put into practice reforms that empower local government to tackle the... Read More
September 08, 2017
The residents of Moscow will go to polling stations on September 10, 2017, to elect their municipal district deputies. With typically low voter turnout, sometimes in the single digits, these elections regularly garner little attention from the local population and Russian political parties. But... Read More
September 06, 2017
“What do you do?” By now, every D.C dweller is used to this question and most likely has a go-to answer. For the Democracy and Governance (D&G) world, though, the question has become a bit more loaded. In tight financial times, when every dollar spent is being even more closely watched,... Read More
September 05, 2017
On Valentine’s Day 2011, my adventures with the International Republican Institute (IRI) as the Regional Program Director for Central America began. Upon landing in Guatemala, I was very excited.   As I ventured outside the airport terminal, my new colleagues soon found me. We talked about... Read More