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September 19, 2017
In my last blog, A Deep Bench, I wrote of 36 incredible youth democracy activists from 13 different countries in Asia who met in Bangkok for a weekend of leadership development. At the event, I had the privilege to meet Gunawan, a civil... 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
As we mark and celebrate International Youth Day, young Jordanians are increasingly stepping into the spotlight of the country’s democratic landscape. The increased engagement in the political discourse is a welcomed development considering 70 percent of the kingdom’s population is under the age... 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 01, 2017
Involucrar, empoderar y conectar a los jóvenes para que participen en los procesos políticos es una de las grandes misiones del IRI.  En Colombia, se vio la importancia de involucrar a los jóvenes en el proceso de la implementación del Acuerdo de Paz, por lo cuál desarrollo el proyecto “... Read More
April 28, 2017
With major upcoming elections in Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and parliamentary and provincial elections in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2017 is set to be a year of change in Asia.   Compounded by the threat of violent extremism and the push for increased regional integration within the... Read More
December 22, 2016
Since the 2010-2011 revolution, Tunisia’s government has struggled through multiple changes in leadership as it finds it footing and embarks on a new phase of history.  Over the course of the ongoing transition faith in the government has waned as public expectations, especially among youth,... Read More
November 07, 2016
Hope.  A powerful word that it is often overused.  Politicians say it, faith may evoke it but we optimists absolutely cling to it. But many youth here in Tunisia don’t have it. That is why we are working with youth and the Government of Tunisia to bring some back. I worry and feel that... Read More
November 04, 2016
Decision-making processes in Morocco have long been dominated by gray-haired men. In the last five years, however, this has begun to change. In the wake of Morocco’s 20 February Movement in 2011,... Read More
August 24, 2016
On this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, we thought we’d take a moment to share some things you might not have known about IRI’s longstanding support to Ukraine.   Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and IRI opened... Read More

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