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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
May 25, 2016
Africa Day is a commemoration of the progress made and a reflection on the accomplishments to come for the African continent. While I believe that IRI plays in important role in promoting democracy worldwide, IRI’s work could never happen without our African partners and staff. These are just a... Read More
February 26, 2016
In October 2015, IRI’s global youth initiative, Generation Democracy, hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal that brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger... Read More
February 19, 2016
On February 21, Nigeriens will go to the polls for presidential and legislative elections. These elections are an important democratic test for Niger which has been historically governed by a small group of political party leaders and plagued by four coup d’états since multi-party democracy was... Read More
February 24, 2015
Elles étaient toutes là; elles resteront presque toutes, trois jours durant. Qui en taxi, qui en djakarta, qui en bus, qui même à pied, elles avaient répondu à l'invitation.  Le papier disait, venez à un atelier de formation sur le leadership des femmes. Venez montrer que vous, les femmes,... Read More
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Nicolas Teindas

Resident Country Director, Mali
February 24, 2015
Two weeks ago, IRI launched activities for its new, first-ever program in Niger. We held a three-day training of trainers workshop on the topic of leadership and communication skills for 32 participants, including 19 women political party leaders and 13 civil society activists. Despite... Read More
Posted by

Roger Mitchell

Program Assistant, Africa Division
February 02, 2015
Prior to joining the International Republican Institute (IRI) and shipping out to the African continent, I worked for three American politicians. Each one had developed an intensive and effective method for reaching constituents. When I arrived in Nigeria, I was completely shocked by the number of... Read More
Posted by

Sentell Barnes

Resident Program Officer, Nigeria