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March 15, 2018
Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men. Young people are systematically marginalized because of their age and perceived lack of experience. In Indonesia, 65 million people of the current... 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 17, 2018
Moving from protest to policy is not easy at a time when the biggest problem we’re all facing is lack of faith in our institutions. Years of patriarchal, archaic structures have marginalized many in our communities, and driven many voices to the fringes – but this has also made us restless for... Read More
October 30, 2017
Youth have historically been marginalized in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that experienced multiple episodes of violent conflict since its independence in 1960. Armed groups that exploited the absence of state institutions to exacerbate ethnic and religious differences during the... Read More
October 18, 2017
The Generation Democracy Global Summit in Vienna, Austria was as a model example of how to meaningfully involve youth in political engagement. When I arrived in Vienna, I was skeptical that European politics could be a model of active democratic participation in Africa. However, interactive... Read More
August 29, 2017
Uganda is increasingly closing the space for civil society and has historically marginalized youth from political participation. Its current president has been in power for over 30 years and is currently attempting to amend the constitution so he can run again in the next election. Within this... Read More
August 16, 2017
Meet Sally Ncube, a member of the Zimbabwe Women’s Democracy Chapter. Sally has taken on the challenge to create a space for women to engage, reflect, learn, network, interface and explore opportunities at the political table. Since 2013, Sally Ncube has partnered with WDN through her organization... Read More
June 05, 2017
Day two in Johannesburg—JoBurg, Jozy, or whatever you want to call this South African city playing host to our fourth Generation Democracy Conference. We kicked off the second day with an incredible session on media engagement and campaigning, led by the articulate Abella Batayunga of Tanzania... Read More
April 28, 2017
With major upcoming elections in Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and parliamentary and provincial elections in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2017 is set to be a year of change in Asia.   Compounded by the threat of violent extremism and the push for increased regional integration within the... Read More
December 08, 2016
This past summer, in partnership with Open Space, Feed the Future, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA), IRI hosted the sixth Annual Youth Festival in Kampala. Six years ago, IRI and Green Light Movement, an IRI-supported initiative, developed... Read More