Recent Posts

November 07, 2016
Hope.  A powerful word that it is often overused.  Politicians say it, faith may evoke it but we optimists absolutely cling to it. But many youth here in Tunisia don’t have it. That is why we are working with youth and the Government of Tunisia to bring some back. I worry and feel that... Read More
September 12, 2016
Over the past week, I’ve had the privilege to visit Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the State Department-sponsored 2016 Summit of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). My colleagues in our Asia division put on a flawless program that included trainings in monitoring and evaluation... Read More
August 09, 2016
Jean-Félix Riva, who served as Program Officer in IRI’s office in Bangui from March to July 2016, is moving on to be Chief of Staff to the newly-elected National Assembly President. During his time at IRI, Riva made a significant contribution to the IRI program by leading the development of the... Read More
April 24, 2016
In October, 2015, 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
April 18, 2016
We must do more to empower youth to participate in democracy on the African continent. No country personifies the need to attract young Africans to the positive benefits of democracy than Mauritania, where I met with promising youth leaders today. To say that Mauritania is a young country is an... Read More
February 02, 2016
Amidst the chaos of those pessimistic noises Arises a spring of brave new voices Breathing fresh breath, resurrecting lost hopes voices singing new rhythms and rhymes, of We are the ones to rock the vote we are the ones we have been waiting for If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
December 31, 2015
Sometimes it hard to picture the work we do. Depicting democracy and freedom though photos and simple words can be difficult. We get lost in the world of long term projects, hours of trainings and forget to see the small victories. Today we take time to look back at the victories we have seen in... Read More
December 02, 2015
Gabriel has cerebral palsy. He cannot hold objects due to his severe muscle spasticity. But in school, his teachers compel him to write because it is required. The untenable situation forces Gabriel to leave school, in a narrative that plays out in classrooms across the globe. Gabriel’s story is a... Read More
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The My Idea Team

Kathleen Young Ricardo, Eduard Joseph Narciso, Quy Nguyen and Rolando Villamero Jr.
October 28, 2015
Despite making up over two-thirds of the population of Cambodia, youth remain marginalized by numerous political, societal and economic challenges.  One of the primary challenges that confronts youth in Cambodia is that despite their numerical size, politicians over the age of 30 still... Read More
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Theodore Wilhite

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
October 22, 2015
During a recent trip to Tanzania to visit one of IRI's newest offices in Africa, I was immediately struck by the buzz of activity upon arrival.  A good measure of that activity was due to the nature of the new office – a jointly shared office between three partners of the... Read More
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Gretchen Birkle

Director, Generation Democracy

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