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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
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
October 28, 2016
One year ago, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
October 28, 2016
One year ago I had the honor and privilege to participate in the launch of Generation Democracy in Dakar with fifty other young people from West Africa. What was extraordinary was the intensity of the debates, the common will of each of us to want to change not only our country but the world! We... Read More
October 27, 2016
Niger, beset by poverty and one of the harshest and hottest climates on the planet, is battling the scourge of violent extremist elements.  The country has one of the youngest populations in the world, with an average age of 15.  The challenges to provide adequate education and economic... Read More

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