March 2014

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March 31, 2014
In Mongolia, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has been working with citizens and village (bagh) officials to develop citizen-government taskforces that facilitate an effective working relationship between the supply (government) and demand (citizen) side of the governance equation.... Read More
March 31, 2014
During a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), I was immediately charmed by the helpful attitude of everyone I met at the arrival terminal. In meetings with several people over the week to come in Kinshasa, many people encouraged me to spread the word that DRC is a good place to... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy
March 27, 2014
“Timely and important…” is how former IRI president Lorne Craner viewed Evaluating Democracy Assistance, by Dr. Krishna Kumar, senior evaluation adviser in the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State. With contributions from IRI and others in the democracy... Read More
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Liz Ruedy

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
March 27, 2014
On April 1, IRI will officially join the OpenGov Hub in its new space at 1110 Vermont Avenue. This is, as Christina Crawley, manager of the OpenGov Hub told me, the “world’s first open-government themed co-working space.” The 25+ organizations that are housed there are dedicated to the open... Read More
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Monica Kladakis

Senior Advisor, Democratic Governance
March 27, 2014
Today I was reminded that direct democracy can sometimes be a cacophony of voices. Coming to consensus about priorities – especially spending decisions – is a spider web of competing interests, finite resources and confusing regulations. If you watch the short video below, you’ll hear citizens from... Read More
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Ashleigh Whelan

Country Director, Mongolia
March 24, 2014
Mike Druckman, our Ukraine country director, briefed the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development today on the situation in Ukraine, stressing the need strong international support as the country prepares for the May 25, 2014 presidential... Read More
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Michael Druckman

Resident Country Director, Ukraine
March 24, 2014
Our last full day in Guatemala began with an early start and two-and-a-half hour drive to the municipality of Teculutan, an important community in IRI's Guatemala program.  Described by residents as the "heart of the West," in the local indigenous language "Teculutan" means "land of the owls... Read More
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Mark Green

President
March 24, 2014
Participants of IRI’s 2014 “Winning with Women” candidate program continue to utilize the tips from IRI’s training sessions on working across party lines to promote issues facing voters in their districts. In Aceh, with election-related violence on the rise, IRI’s training participant Idaryani is... Read More
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Michelle Bekkering

Director of Governance
March 22, 2014
Our day began at the offices of USAID Guatemala, a vital partner of IRI. The mission is currently being led by mission director William "Bill" Brands. Bill has a wealth of experience in Central America. He was mission... Read More
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Mark Green

President
March 21, 2014
Yesterday was a chance to see the results of some of IRI's most exciting work – our Smart Governance and Best Practices programs.  We began the day meeting with a number of leaders from civil society organizations and municipalities that are more distant from Guatemala City.   Smart... Read More
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Mark Green

President

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