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May 2016

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May 27, 2016
As IRI’s global youth initiative Generation Democracy takes off around the world, I was excited to learn about the impactful youth programs underway in Latin America.  I spoke to my colleagues Christine Zaino and Marcelo Quiroga last week about the innovative program they are conducting in... Read More
May 27, 2016
As a young and curious university student in 1998, I anxiously waited at the Benue Hotel in Makurdi where prominent politicians and activists in Nigeria gathered to discuss the new transition to democracy. The meeting not only shaped the formation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which... Read More
May 26, 2016
How do you define democracy? While democracy is a term we frequently use in our line of work, we rarely discuss the definition. In seeking to quantify progress towards democracy, the term is often diluted to a set of indicators that measure freedom of association, accountability, number of parties... Read More
May 25, 2016
As the sun gets ready to go down in Washington, D.C., I’m reflecting on our celebration of Africa Day today.   What started as a small idea to get the IRI-Africa team to commemorate the day with “our vision for democracy in Africa” turned into an overwhelming show of excitement, optimism,... Read More
May 25, 2016
Africa Day is a commemoration of the progress made and a reflection on the accomplishments to come for the African continent. While I believe that IRI plays in important role in promoting democracy worldwide, IRI’s work could never happen without our African partners and staff. These are just a... Read More
May 25, 2016
La Journée Mondiale de l’Afrique célèbre les combats de tout le continent pour la libération, les développements démocratiques comme économiques. Oui, il est de bon ton de peindre un triste tableau du continent qui cumule le plus grand nombre de records, comme viennent de nous le rappeler les... Read More
May 25, 2016
If you want to know what’s happening, sometimes the best thing to do is ask someone on the street.  From late night TV to local news interviews, unscripted question-and-answers with passers-by usually makes for compelling viewing.  Uganda is no different.  IRI recently partnered... Read More
May 25, 2016
We Africans sometimes complain about how others are not focusing on our story. Take for example the Paris attacks in late 2015; the media coverage stirred to my mind memories from Kenya’s own Garissa University attack. Some say there is inequality in coverage between the Paris attack and terror... Read More
May 25, 2016
I was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), and then moved to the United States when I was one. In the summer of 1989, my family and I moved back to Kinshasa, DRC, from Tucson, Arizona, after my father completed his doctorate in the United States as a Humphrey scholar. My... Read More
May 24, 2016
No es común que noticias de un pueblo pequeño, de apenas 2,000 habitantes en su mayoría campesinos, lleguen a los medios nacionales y se mantengan ahí por dos semanas. Todo comenzó a mediados de abril, cuando el ejército y la policía montaron un operativo militar que, según las noticias, requirió... Read More

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