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November 23, 2016
From November 2-8, 2016, I travelled to Morocco on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network. My first trip to the field since joining IRI in June, I went to conduct interviews with politically active women in the towns of Rabat and Essaouira for a gender assessment. WDN’s standardized gender... Read More
November 04, 2016
Decision-making processes in Morocco have long been dominated by gray-haired men. In the last five years, however, this has begun to change. In the wake of Morocco’s 20 February Movement in 2011,... Read More
October 31, 2016
Online media has turned the world into a global village where information is easily accessible and stories can spread like wildfire. However, there are still parts of the world where citizens are not able to benefit from the internet and many who are disconnected from the world due to their... Read More
October 19, 2016
Last week, IRI brought together 15 amazing young people from across Morocco for the country’s first Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), which provided training to young people so that they can more effectively tell their stories and spread positive social messages using modern media techniques. They... Read More
October 07, 2016
Young people in the Middle East are partnering with IRI and making a positive difference in their communities.  Using a variety of outreach methods, youth in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are finding ways to ensure that their opinions and ideas are part of the solutions to the many challenges... Read More
March 16, 2016
Imagine a young king standing on a barren hill in enemy territory. His army, cold and disheveled stretch out before him. Most of these men were his friends when he was a young prince. He would drink and share bawdy jokes with them. Young Harry, standing at the fulcrum of time as he sets to roll... Read More
November 24, 2015
Integrating M&E in our offices: my personal experience Okay, I admit that monitoring and evaluation does sound like a mysterious science mastered by people who design complicated and exhausting tables and use difficult words such as “indicators” or “input and output” to complicate even more... Read More
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Youssra Bakhir

Program Coordinator and M&E Specialist, Morocco
November 12, 2015
Recently I was in Morocco where I had the opportunity to sit down with political party members from across the country and lead a discussion about their experiences participating in the latest parliamentary elections on Sept. 4, 2015. Each conference, held in Marrakech, Guelmim and Agadir, spurred... Read More
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Dylan Diggs

Assistant Evaluation Officer, Middle East North Africa Division
April 16, 2015
About an hour from the storied city of Marrakech in rolling green hills that extend to the base of the snow covered Atlas Mountains lies the picturesque town of Tahanaoute (TA-HA-NOOT).  Traditionally known for its red clay buildings and orange groves, the town has grown accustomed to wayward... Read More
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Scott Mastic

Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
March 17, 2015
Through strategic partnerships, IRI’s work is enhanced by being able to offer a wealth of international perspectives.  Over the last year, IRI’s programs in Jordan and Morocco have benefitted greatly from a collaboration with the Eduardo Frei Foundation (... Read More
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Carrie Schenkel Reasonover

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division