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June 19, 2018
On July 30, 2018, Zimbabweans will go to the polls to participate in the most significant elections of their lifetime. Former President Robert Mugabe's name will not appear on the presidential ballot for the... Read More
June 16, 2018
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy identifies terrorism and violent extremism (VE) as a top priority. The president’s strategy to address these issues is to allocate more money for... Read More
June 11, 2018
For many years the region of Southern Africa was considered a democratic stronghold on the continent. However, over the last five years, the region has experienced democratic backsliding including political leaders and ruling parties exercising unconstitutional methods to consolidate power and... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More
May 18, 2018
Countless hours of preparation and work go into running for parliament.  Once elected, it might seem like the hard work is over. But in reality, the work is only just beginning.  Newly elected parliamentarians are faced with the challenges of navigating the legislative process,... Read More
April 06, 2018
Despite efforts to improve water quality and access, Nigeria still ranks among the top 5 countries with the worst access to sanitary water. In February, Nigeria’s government launched the... Read More
April 03, 2018
In the past year, hundreds of thousands of Togolese have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbé, whose family has led the West African nation for more than 50 years. A unique case in West Africa, Togo has been ruled by the same family for the last five decades... Read More
February 20, 2018
More than half of eligible voters in Nigeria are under the age of 35, yet less than five percent of youth in the country are elected members of government. Young Nigerians continue to turn out in large numbers to vote during key elections, yet remain disenfranchised from decision-making processes,... Read More
January 12, 2018
USAID Administrator and former IRI president Mark Green once said, “The purpose of development assistance is to end its need to exist. Each of our programs should look forward to the day when it can end, and, around the world, we... Read More
October 25, 2017
It is election eve in Kenya, and there is a tense calm as rain blankets several parts of the country. They say in Africa that rain is a blessing, and given the unprecedented political developments since Kenya's August 8 general elections, a blessing may be just the right medicine for a country so... Read More

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