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October 10, 2017
When Tim Judah, the well-known British journalist and writer, coined the term Yugosphere in 2009, alluding to the joint economic and cultural space of countries once belonging to former Yugoslavia,... Read More
October 07, 2017
On Tuesday, October 10, nearly two million Liberians will go to the polls to vote for their next president. Less than two decades after a brutal 14-year civil war claimed the lives of 250,000 people and plunged West Africa into conflict, Liberians have an... Read More
October 05, 2017
As a young child, Tony was interested in Latin America. In 2011, he came to IRI to work in Guatemala. For the past six and a half years Tony has worked with local government officials to make government more transparent. "I am IRI" highlights the members of our team who aid in achieving our vision... Read More
October 04, 2017
IRI founded the Women’s Support Network (WSN) in May 2016 to support Moroccan women who are interested in being active in political and civic life. IRI understands that when you invest in... Read More
October 02, 2017
Learning a second language is highly beneficial in the work we do. But, to really understand the language, to get the inside jokes and the slang, that is when you receive a deeper understanding of the culture. For example, ... Read More
September 27, 2017
In Uganda, where 78 percent of people are 30 years old and younger. young people often complain of the lack of voice and meaningful participation in politics. Political parties are regarded as inaccessible and the domain of older, more experienced politicians. To help address this, IRI launched a... Read More
September 27, 2017
In July 2016, I started an internship with IRI in Morocco. As an international student from Liberia who is studying in Morocco, I wanted to help the Moroccan community, especially in supporting women and youth political participation and civic leadership. While interning with IRI, I have witnessed... Read More
September 26, 2017
Few countries have gained their independence from a single vote. But in the case of Timor-Leste, a single vote is where the nation began. On August 30, 1999, the UN held a referendum in the Indonesian-occupied territory of Timor-Leste. On the ballot were two choices – either to accept or reject... Read More
September 21, 2017
As IRI works to promote democracy worldwide, it is important to highlight the importance of democracy for peace. The Institute works with local and national government leaders to institutionalize transparent processes that include citizens in decision-making so that they have ownership and stock... Read More
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