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January 2018

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January 31, 2018
In a functioning democracy, all citizens should have meaningful opportunities to make their voices heard and play a role in decision-making processes. A ubiquitous challenge that countries face to this is ensuring that marginalized populations are actively involved in the development process. For... Read More
January 29, 2018
Tanja Tomic, a former member of the Macedonia Parliament, is a member of the Women’s Democracy Network– in fact, she attended WDN’s inaugural Europe regional conference in Skopje in 2005. Tanja has served as a trainer and facilitator for WDN throughout the years... Read More
January 24, 2018
The remote interior regions of Tunisia lack infrastructure. Villages can be far apart, and roads dangerous. Therefore, when thinking of a way to contact voters about upcoming local elections, one must be innovative. Tunisia is transitioning to democratic government following the toppling of its... Read More
January 24, 2018
Throughout the years, I have worked on numerous programs aimed at empowering youth to participate in politics and civil society. Most recently, I had the privilege to partner with the international organization, World Learning, on a two-year, USAID initiative in Mongolia designed to inculcate... Read More
January 23, 2018
My career in international democracy assistance began at a very unique time. I started working for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in the late 1990s, when Indonesia was reeling from the Asian financial crisis, student-led protests and the conflict in Timor-Leste. In 1999, Indonesia... Read More
January 19, 2018
As a key bridge between citizens and decision-makers, strengthening civil society supports a citizen-oriented and citizen-driven approach to promoting democracy. To this end, IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society... Read More
January 17, 2018
For the second time, the Federal Government of Mexico, through the Secretariat of Public Function and the Coordination of the National Digital Strategy, gave annual recognition to organizations and departments that are making the government more open and collaborative. This year, the... Read More
January 17, 2018
Moving from protest to policy is not easy at a time when the biggest problem we’re all facing is lack of faith in our institutions. Years of patriarchal, archaic structures have marginalized many in our communities, and driven many voices to the fringes – but this has also made us restless for... Read More
January 12, 2018
USAID Administrator and former IRI president Mark Green once said, “The purpose of development assistance is to end its need to exist. Each of our programs should look forward to the day when it can end, and, around the world, we... Read More
January 09, 2018
Twenty years ago, IRI opened an office in Jakarta, Indonesia. At that time, Indonesia was transitioning to a democracy after an economic and political crisis. In honor of working in Indonesia for the past 20 years, here are 20 things you should know about our work in the world’s largest Muslim-... Read More