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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
August 11, 2016
In looking at IRI’s recent Tunisia poll, one figure stands out to me: 70 percent of Tunisians do not think their politicians pay attention to the needs and ideas of young people. This number is disconcerting for many reasons. For one thing, it is clear that Tunisian youth are worth listening to... Read More
August 10, 2016
The Transatlantic Youth Summit served as a powerful reminder for future leaders on why the Transatlantic relationship has always been an important source of peace and prosperity, and may be needed now more than ever. Over 30 young, aspiring leaders from the United States and across Europe... Read More
August 10, 2016
On International Youth Day 2016 we will be reminded of both the challenges and opportunities for young people around the world.  We know that today we are living with the largest generation of young people the world has ever known and that many millions of young people in the developing world... Read More
August 09, 2016
Jean-Félix Riva, who served as Program Officer in IRI’s office in Bangui from March to July 2016, is moving on to be Chief of Staff to the newly-elected National Assembly President. During his time at IRI, Riva made a significant contribution to the IRI program by leading the development of the... Read More