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December 08, 2016
This past summer, in partnership with Open Space, Feed the Future, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs (UPFYA), IRI hosted the sixth Annual Youth Festival in Kampala. Six years ago, IRI and Green Light Movement, an IRI-supported initiative, developed... Read More
November 02, 2016
They say your first trip to Africa can come with a bit of culture shock, not fully knowing what to expect—both in terms of culture and with this being my first international trip with IRI. And while I arrived in Tanzania expecting the unexpected, the greatest surprise I encountered stemmed from... Read More
October 28, 2016
One year ago, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
October 28, 2016
One year ago I had the honor and privilege to participate in the launch of Generation Democracy in Dakar with fifty other young people from West Africa. What was extraordinary was the intensity of the debates, the common will of each of us to want to change not only our country but the world! We... Read More
October 27, 2016
Niger, beset by poverty and one of the harshest and hottest climates on the planet, is battling the scourge of violent extremist elements.  The country has one of the youngest populations in the world, with an average age of 15.  The challenges to provide adequate education and economic... Read More
October 27, 2016
Breaking from his mother tongue of French so that the English-speaking audience could understand him clearly without the assistance of the translators squawking through the earpieces: “I just want to say one thing.  In my home country [Burundi], they are killing young people like me every day... Read More
October 08, 2016
On October 8, Georgians will go to the polls to elect their parliament members. In many countries around the world, elections can be trigger points for violence.  Citizens who feel alienated or disenfranchised, or simply cheated on, may reduce their anger to violence, including physical harm... Read More
October 07, 2016
Young people in the Middle East are partnering with IRI and making a positive difference in their communities.  Using a variety of outreach methods, youth in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are finding ways to ensure that their opinions and ideas are part of the solutions to the many challenges... Read More
October 03, 2016
I met Thu Thu at the YSEALI summit in Laos last month- she was one of the 175 participants who joined us for the summit. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) builds the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and... Read More
August 10, 2016
On International Youth Day 2016 we will be reminded of both the challenges and opportunities for young people around the world.  We know that today we are living with the largest generation of young people the world has ever known and that many millions of young people in the developing world... Read More

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