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June 09, 2017
Tanzania, the largest nation in the East African Community, is an incredibly diverse country. It is home to approximately 125 different ethnic groups, large Christian and Muslim communities and more than 100 spoken languages. Tanzania is also an incredibly youthful country, with majority of the... Read More
September 17, 2016
It has been a while since I traveled internationally to see IRI’s programs in action. This week, I was glad to return to my second home – Tanzania, where I had the privilege to see East Africa’s bright young minds in action at our Generation Democracy conference in Dar es Salam. Following Tanzania... Read More
March 18, 2016
In early December 2015, Tanzanians took to Twitter with the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo to remark about the campaign of their newly-elected president, Dr. John Magufuli, to cut wasteful spending and tackle rampant corruption in... Read More
November 20, 2015
While the fanfare and excitement surrounding the elections in Tanzania seem calm by the standards of some other African countries, you could certainly feel buzz in the air on Saturday, one day before Election Day.  The streets were lined with the flags of the two main parties: CHADEMA (who is... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
November 10, 2015
Join us for a Twitter chat discussing the Tanzania elections and the impact youth played with @Tanzania_Bora at 9:30AM EST on November 13, 2015.  In a country where 80 percent of the population is below 35, engaging youth to... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
October 29, 2015
Day two of IRI’s gender assessment of the women’s participation in the electoral process in Tanzania continued the flurry of briefings from election and gender experts. Gender and Governance The second panel on Day 1 included experts from several gender-focused organizations, including... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
October 28, 2015
Supported by the Women's Democracy Network (WDN), IRI facilitated a gender assessment of the recent Tanzania elections that took place on Sunday.  The assessment addressed the gaps in data collection around women’s participation in the electoral process... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
October 23, 2015
In the U.S. we often lament the fact that youth have such low voter turnout rates in a country that prides itself on democratic principles.  How can democracy flourish in any country if an entire age group of voting-eligible citizens acts so apathetically toward this civic duty?  In Tanzania, the... Read More
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Anne Govern

Program Assistant, Africa Division
October 22, 2015
During a recent trip to Tanzania to visit one of IRI's newest offices in Africa, I was immediately struck by the buzz of activity upon arrival.  A good measure of that activity was due to the nature of the new office – a jointly shared office between three partners of the... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
October 21, 2015
On Sunday October 25, Tanzania will hold its fifth round of national elections since the introduction of multiparty politics in 1992.  Despite a multiparty system, the leading Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has continuously secured the Tanzanian presidency since its founding under the nation... Read More
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Anne Govern

Program Assistant, Africa Division

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