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August 16, 2017
Everyone loves an underdog story, so here’s one for you: You’ve likely never heard of it, but there’s a nation called Timor-Leste not far from Australia that has beautiful undeveloped beaches, yet few roads to access them. World-class scuba diving, yet virtually non-existent tourism. Coffee crops... Read More
August 14, 2017
Across Moldova, corruption is seen as a very big issue. According to recent IRI polling data, 62% of Moldovans feel that their country is on the wrong track—a sentiment that fuels... Read More
August 12, 2017
Although Panama is a country with a strong economy, economic growth is not evenly distributed, nor does it generate enough jobs for those entering the work force. Since 1999, the rate of youth unemployment has declined from 30 to 14 percent, but it is still triple the overall unemployment rate.... Read More
August 12, 2017
On December 1, 2016, Gambians delivered an unprecedented defeat at the ballot box to 22-year incumbent President Yahya Jammeh and his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party. Adama Barrow, the leading opposition presidential candidate representing a coalition of seven... Read More
August 10, 2017
There is a lot of noise around the space of technology for governance and IRI's Smart Governance program has risen above the rest without providing a single line of code or piece of hardware. When IRI began its Smart Governance program in 2012, the mission was to promote responsive, efficient,... Read More
August 09, 2017
I had the privilege of being part of IRI’s team at the U.S. State Department-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in September 2016, an experience that continues to resonate with me almost a year later. Held in Luang Prabang, Laos at the confluence of the Mekong and... Read More
August 08, 2017
It seems like a rhetorical question. Why wouldn’t public opinion research matter?  Polling is one of the best ways to check the ‘pulse’ of the public.  At IRI, public opinion research is a cornerstone of our work, and we conduct survey research on an ongoing basis in many countries... Read More
August 08, 2017
Young people make up a quarter of the population in Latin America. With 37.5 million between the ages of 12 and 29, Mexico is no exception. Of these, more than 25 million, or a staggering 30 percent of the population, will be eligible to vote during the upcoming 2018 election. Yet, youth are... Read More
August 08, 2017
While the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) may elicit a mix of feelings depending on whom you speak to, its 50th Anniversary is notable no matter your opinion of the organization. Founded 50 years ago today, the founding five nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and... Read More
August 08, 2017
Malka Valentina Padilla Acosta no teme a los retos.      Entre risas, esta chica panameña de tan solo 20 años confiesa ser arriesgada y creativa. Por más de un año, Malka ha participado en el programa Tengo... Read More

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