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December 12, 2016
Today is Jamhuri Day in Kenya and we are celebrating 53 years as an independent republic. Jamhuri Day marks an important milestone for my country and its people in terms of social, economic and political progress. In President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ... Read More
December 08, 2016
Touted as one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, the passage of the Constitution in 2010 brought with it great promise and high expectations for Kenyans. With a comprehensive Bill of Rights and a special emphasis on economic, social and cultural rights, the Constitution places... Read More
December 03, 2016
Our political party, civil society and governance initiatives are designed to give a voice to and serve the needs of the ordinary citizen. Yet in many places where we work, traditionally marginalized groups like persons with disabilities remain unrepresented in and sidelined from democratic... Read More
October 10, 2016
Today, October 11, 2016, the world commemorates the fifth International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on... Read More
September 21, 2016
In Kenya, International Peace Day is being celebrated with a plan: a plan to mitigate conflict through improved local governance. IRI has been working with community leaders, local government officials, and county elders to understand and alleviate conflict in Kenya’s northwestern Baringo County.... Read More
December 02, 2015
More than one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and discriminatory barriers that often exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal... Read More
Posted by

Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
March 24, 2015
Earlier this month the International Republican Institute (IRI) in conjunction with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) celebrated women's leadership from across Kenya at an event supported by the United... Read More
Posted by

John G. Tomaszewski

Resident Country Director, Kenya
March 05, 2015
This week devolution in Kenya had its second birthday.  Two years ago marked the beginning of Kenya’s ambitious effort to institute a devolved system of government.  The 2010 Kenyan Constitution mandated the devolution of many resources and functions to a newly created county-level... Read More
Posted by

Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
February 06, 2015
The rapid and expansive penetration of mobile technology in Kenya provides a rare opportunity for development partners to leverage on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) during program implementation.  IRI in Kenya developed the ToaMaoni (Swahili for “give your views”) SMS... Read More
Posted by

Keziah Waweru

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Kenya
August 13, 2014
Last week, 50 African leaders descended upon Washington, D.C. to discuss economic, security and other issues pertinent to U.S.-Africa relations at the unprecedented three-day US-Africa Summit.   Some critics noted the limited... Read More