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May 22, 2018
Ten years ago, civic tech was the edgy space where those “technology people” were scheming and concocting, intent on upsetting the civic system. Several years ago, it was a space of curiosity and prospecting, still edgy, but this time with funding and buzzwords. I would argue that though there are... Read More
April 10, 2018
As a key bridge between citizens and decision-makers, strengthening civil society supports a citizen-oriented and citizen-driven approach to promoting democracy. To this end, IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society... Read More
January 10, 2017
Since 2014, IRI has been working to help bridge the gap between local government, civil society organizations, and at-risk youth and communities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI is bringing together these diverse stakeholders through agenda-building roundtables,... Read More
January 05, 2017
Precedent is highly important in legal systems, but what about precedent in new democracies? How can new democracies establish democratic norms and processes when there’s little precedent for it? For Mongolia’s thriving civil society, embarking on campaign finance oversight marks an... Read More
November 16, 2016
It’s not often that people get excited about government budgets, especially citizens. Often it requires someone with a background in finance and accounting or an extremely engaged citizen to get into the nitty-grittiness of budget allocations and keep track of multiple planning and approval... Read More
July 05, 2016
As Country Director for IRI in Tunisia, I am taking classes to improve my French language skills.  I pester my tutor and staff to help me learn French terms for our work.  Although I can order anything off a menu and ask for directions in French, I want to learn the language of... Read More
April 19, 2016
Democratic societies require vibrant civil society sectors that enable citizens to freely influence public decision-making, work as problem solvers and hold governments accountable.   The track record of civil society activity in the Arab world is mixed.  In Tunisia, the Nobel Prize... Read More
October 29, 2015
IRI is thrilled to announce South Sudan Democratic Engagement, Monitoring and Observation Programme (SSuDEMOP) as the recipient of the Rich Williamson Women of Peace Initiative in South Sudan and Sudan.  The initiative, which supports peace... Read More
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Leanne Blanchette

Senior Assistant Program Officer, Africa Division
October 29, 2015
On Friday, October 9, 2015, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their leadership in establishing and mediating the country’s National Dialogue process in 2013. The quartet, made up of a diverse group of civil society organizations -- trade unionists, human... Read More
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Lucy Bierer

Program Assistant, Middle East North Africa
October 01, 2015
October 2 will mark exactly 17 years since the dark day when the leader of Mongolia’s democracy movement, Sanjaasuren Zorig, was brutally killed at his home on October 2, 1998.  He was then 36 years old, three times elected Member of Parliament and Minister of Infrastructure. Zorig’s... Read More
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Sanjaasuren Bayaraa

Director and Advisor of IRI’s Mongolia office (1998-2003) and Mongolia’s Ambassador to India (2012-2015)

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