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April 04, 2014
Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) encompasses the significance of networking and sharing best practices to advance women’s empowerment. The Network coalesces aspiring women leaders and accomplished practitioners to learn from each other.  The Network’s driving... Read More
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Erika Veberyte

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Women’s Organizations
April 03, 2014
A Critical Link: Field Staff Contribute to IRI’s Monitoring and Evaluation Efforts Last week, the State Department’s Office of U.S Foreign Assistance asked me to write an article for their “State of Evaluation” newsletter to share lessons learned from IRI’s successful effort to institutionalize... Read More
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Liz Ruedy

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
April 03, 2014
A national public opinion poll released today by IRI, the Institute’s first in the country, shows that Burmese citizens... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
April 02, 2014
An exciting part of IRI’s work is to be “present at the creation.”  For IRI’s program in Jordan, that happened this past weekend when 18 IRI-partner mayors solidified their commitment to create an association of municipalities during an IRI workshop in Aqaba.  The mayors, who collectively... Read More
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Jeff Lilley

Resident Country Director, Jordan
March 31, 2014
During a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), I was immediately charmed by the helpful attitude of everyone I met at the arrival terminal. In meetings with several people over the week to come in Kinshasa, many people encouraged me to spread the word that DRC is a good place to... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
March 31, 2014
In Mongolia, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has been working with citizens and village (bagh) officials to develop citizen-government taskforces that facilitate an effective working relationship between the supply (government) and demand (citizen) side of the governance equation.... Read More
March 27, 2014
Today I was reminded that direct democracy can sometimes be a cacophony of voices. Coming to consensus about priorities – especially spending decisions – is a spider web of competing interests, finite resources and confusing regulations. If you watch the short video below, you’ll hear citizens from... Read More
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Ashleigh Whelan

Country Director, Mongolia
March 27, 2014
On April 1, IRI will officially join the OpenGov Hub in its new space at 1110 Vermont Avenue. This is, as Christina Crawley, manager of the OpenGov Hub told me, the “world’s first open-government themed co-working space.” The 25+ organizations that are housed there are dedicated to the open... Read More
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Monica Kladakis

Senior Advisor, Democratic Governance
March 27, 2014
“Timely and important…” is how former IRI president Lorne Craner viewed Evaluating Democracy Assistance, by Dr. Krishna Kumar, senior evaluation adviser in the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State. With contributions from IRI and others in the democracy... Read More
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Liz Ruedy

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
March 24, 2014
Mike Druckman, our Ukraine country director, briefed the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development today on the situation in Ukraine, stressing the need strong international support as the country prepares for the May 25, 2014 presidential... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine

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