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March 2016

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March 30, 2016
Today, U Htin Kyaw was sworn in as Burma’s new President.  Seen in the context of Burma’s recent history, today’s ceremony holds great significance.  U Htin Kyaw will be Burma’s first civilian president since 1962.  The leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)... Read More
March 30, 2016
On February 28, 2016, after traveling for over 20 hours, I finally landed in Washington, DC from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of a three-day International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Scholars Conference with my counterparts in IRI’s field offices around the... Read More
March 30, 2016
Americans are probably familiar with “Super Tuesday”, when several states conduct their presidential primary elections on the same day. However, Africans enjoyed their own... Read More
March 29, 2016
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. It always seems impossible until it’s done”. - Nelson Mandela On February 12, 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison after being... Read More
March 23, 2016
(IRI’s M&E Scholars Program is an intensive course designed to help field-based M&E specialists to better understand, design and apply cutting edge concepts, methods and practices to their work. The program includes a condensed three day workshop in Washington DC, which is what James writes... Read More
March 23, 2016
With a constitution that provides for gender equality and prohibits discrimination against women, parity still evades Ugandan women in politics. Uganda has a constitutional quota, which provides for affirmative action for women. In line with the quota system, women comprise thirty-five percent of... Read More
March 21, 2016
Across Europe today, the day started with a sickening twist, a cold hollow in the pit of the stomach that is becoming too familiar to city dwellers in Western nations (and has been despicably present among many of our Southern and Eastern neighbors for years and years). First and foremost, my... Read More
March 21, 2016
Once women gain leadership roles they change the way policy is created.   In 1985, Grace Saltzstein found a strong statistical significance between the presence of a female mayor and the proportion of female administrators, managers and other non-clerical positions.  There was not only... Read More
March 21, 2016
Muchas veces, la frase más poderosa en la labor del IRI es simplemente: "Podemos hacer eso." Recientemente me reuní con unos alcaldes de comunidades hondureñas donde el IRI ha estado trabajando para fomentar la Seguridad Ciudadana. La criminalidad violenta, particularmente la violencia pandillera... Read More
March 20, 2016
Every year, on 8 March, we celebrate International Women's Day. This day is not about flowers and chocolates, but about highlighting the existing global gender disparities and the need to push for gender equality and equal rights between women and men in all societies. The work to achieve the... Read More

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