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April 2018

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April 30, 2018
After repeated delays, Tunisia will hold the first democratic local elections in the country’s history on May 6. This represents a major milestone in Tunisia’s democratic transition; for the first time, Tunisians will be able to vote for public officials who will serve in their own communities and... Read More
April 26, 2018
After five days of physical and mental battling, Ali Sawalmeh became the first Jordanian with a disability to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The altitude and varying ecosystems, ranging from desert, to jungle, to snow, provide large challenges for the 30,000 people who tackle the climb each... Read More
April 25, 2018
Upon receiving an invitation to IRI Generation Democracy’s Regional Academy in Panama City, Fabrice Dugas saw an opportunity to help his organization, Groupe ECHO Haiti, which promotes youth innovation and participation in national development... Read More
April 24, 2018
Research and Development is a semi-regular feature on Democracy Speaks that highlights cutting edge, peer-reviewed research that is particularly relevant for Democracy, Human... Read More
April 20, 2018
Textbook democratic theory argues that elected governments are more responsive to constituent concerns and usually produce better living conditions in their countries than authoritarian regimes because citizens in democracies have the power to remove their leaders from office. Compared to their... Read More
April 19, 2018
A small country in West Africa, where one must take a 30-minute long ferry ride on the Atlantic Ocean to get from the airport to the capital, Sierra Leone tends to receive international media attention only when tragedies strike. Headlines have focused on Sierra Leone’s more-than-a-decade... Read More
April 17, 2018
One of the questions often posed regarding exchange programs is whether sustainable and lasting change can be facilitated through people-to-people contact across international borders without continued financial and organizational support from the original host of the exchange. Do exchange program... Read More
April 13, 2018
In March 2018, IRI held its fourth annual Ukraine Democratic Governance (DemGov) Conference in Kyiv to spotlight the various anti-corruption programs going on at the municipal, oblast and national level. Presentations also highlighted the implementation of the Institute's... Read More
April 12, 2018
Last year I had the opportunity to join my fellow young African leaders at the Generation Democracy Regional Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference addressed barriers to youth participation in governance... Read More
April 11, 2018
Following the Indonesian occupation, nearly half of the women in Timor-Leste were left widowed, forcing them to be the sole providers for their households. However, their work in food production and unpaid household work does not... Read More

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