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January 30, 2017
Somalia’s presidential election was recently postponed for a fifth time, pushing Election Day to... Read More
December 19, 2016
The people of Bhutan, who chose their local government leaders for the second time since its democratic transition on September 27, had more choices than ever with 3,391 hopefuls, including many women and youth candidates, vying for the 1,499 posts. There are many possible reasons for this... Read More
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 06, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century Vienna was one of Europe's major intellectual, cultural and political centers. Its diversity and forward-looking character attracted the best minds of contemporary science, art and political life. While being the capital of the Austrian Empire, it became a home to... Read More
October 20, 2016
In recent years, there’s been a growing awareness about the role of data in international development. For the most part, the international development community looks at data as a way to inform our work, to capture the impact that we’re having in improving people’s lives, and to figure out how we... Read More
September 15, 2016
Today we celebrate the International Day of Democracy and Global Legislative Openness Week by remembering our long standing partnership with Mali’s National Assembly. This year’s International Day of... Read More
August 17, 2016
As the West momentarily turned its attention to the Rio Olympics and the latest developments in the U.S. presidential campaign, tensions between Ukraine and Russia dramatically increased over the last week. On Wednesday, August 10, Russia accused Ukrainian special forces of launching a planned “... Read More
June 08, 2016
June 8 marks the 34th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's historic address to the British Parliament. While many remember his speech for his bold declaration that "Marxism-Leninism" would be left "on the ash heap of history," tragically, it seems that modern audiences have forgotten what... Read More
June 06, 2016
If you work in international development, chances are you’ve been there – in a meeting, on a call, or over email where some person starts going on about why your project’s anticipated outcomes are really more like higher level outputs and the logic model needs to be built out to better reflect the... 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

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