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June 28, 2017
Georgia is the strongest democracy in the former Soviet Union, with aspirations to become a member of the European Union.  For many years, Georgia was widely considered a failed state, with an economy and political system crippled by systemic corruption and non-functioning public services.... Read More
June 27, 2017
Representing over 30 percent of the population, youth are a pool of untapped talent with the potential to become active members in the political process. Moroccan youth are looking to make a change. Engaging them to peacefully participate in their country’s political process and allowing them... Read More
June 23, 2017
If you say the Tunisian Arabic phrase “Arjaa Ghoudwa,”  youth will give you a knowing look and understand immediately. Although it means “come back tomorrow,” which seems pretty innocuous, there is actually a deeper connotation.   As IRI works with youth around Tunisia through our... Read More
June 20, 2017
En Colombia, en medio de la guerra que hemos vivido por décadas, muchas personas han sido víctimas del conflicto. Sin embargo, la cifra de los jóvenes es devastadora, malos tratos, humillaciones e injusticias han sido la verdad oculta con la que han vivido por muchos años. Con el objetivo de... 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 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
October 27, 2016
Breaking from his mother tongue of French so that the English-speaking audience could understand him clearly without the assistance of the translators squawking through the earpieces: “I just want to say one thing.  In my home country [Burundi], they are killing young people like me every day... Read More
October 05, 2016
Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Tunisia to meet with nine graduates from IRI’s Regional Civil Society Academy and talk to them about their experience. The Civil Society Academy, held in Morocco and in Tunisia, is a three-week program for civil society activists from throughout the... Read More
September 12, 2016
Over the past week, I’ve had the privilege to visit Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the State Department-sponsored 2016 Summit of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). My colleagues in our Asia division put on a flawless program that included trainings in monitoring and evaluation... Read More
August 12, 2016
The Crimean Tatar people, deported from Crimea in May 1944 by the Soviet regime of Stalin, were able to return to the peninsula only in the 90s, after Ukraine gained its independence. For many years, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has supported training programs for Crimean Tatar... Read More

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