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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
November 21, 2016
Last week The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in partnership with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) hosted the “Women, Peace & Security Conference” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WDN, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,... Read More
November 18, 2016
From October 23-29, 2016, a five member, nonpartisan delegation representing the House Democracy Partnership (HDP)—Jed Meline, HDP Staff Director; Ana Sorrentino, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA); Mike Dankler, Legislative Director, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN); Jerry... Read More
November 16, 2016
It’s not often that people get excited about government budgets, especially citizens. Often it requires someone with a background in finance and accounting or an extremely engaged citizen to get into the nitty-grittiness of budget allocations and keep track of multiple planning and approval... Read More
November 15, 2016
Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) announced that it will hold by-elections for 19 vacant seats in national and regional parliaments on April 1, 2017. The by-election will affect more than two million voters across 22 townships in eight of Burma’s provinces. The vacant seats were created... Read More
November 10, 2016
Ten years ago the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) started with a goal of increasing women’s political and civic leadership. WDN accomplishes this goal by linking these women with peers their countries who share similar struggles, they then create WDN country... Read More
November 07, 2016
Hope.  A powerful word that it is often overused.  Politicians say it, faith may evoke it but we optimists absolutely cling to it. But many youth here in Tunisia don’t have it. That is why we are working with youth and the Government of Tunisia to bring some back. I worry and feel that... Read More
November 04, 2016
Decision-making processes in Morocco have long been dominated by gray-haired men. In the last five years, however, this has begun to change. In the wake of Morocco’s 20 February Movement in 2011,... Read More
November 03, 2016
Timor-Leste is preparing for its fourth parliamentary and presidential elections in 2017, an important milestone as this is the first time the Timorese will be administering their national elections without significant support from the international community. A few days ago I met with H.E. Mrs.... Read More
November 02, 2016
They say your first trip to Africa can come with a bit of culture shock, not fully knowing what to expect—both in terms of culture and with this being my first international trip with IRI. And while I arrived in Tanzania expecting the unexpected, the greatest surprise I encountered stemmed from... Read More

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