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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
October 31, 2016
Online media has turned the world into a global village where information is easily accessible and stories can spread like wildfire. However, there are still parts of the world where citizens are not able to benefit from the internet and many who are disconnected from the world due to their... 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
September 06, 2016
For years, IRI has successfully encouraged Jordanian municipalities to hold town hall meetings in order to hear directly from city residents about their priorities and concerns. These meetings have proven beneficial to local officials and citizens alike, and have become a hallmark of IRI’s local... Read More
July 08, 2016
When asked to rank which local issues should top their municipality’s list of priorities, Jordanians consistently list “city cleanliness” near the very top. There are many reasons why cities have problems with litter, and most are difficult and costly to tackle. These reasons include: an... Read More
April 19, 2016
Democratic societies require vibrant civil society sectors that enable citizens to freely influence public decision-making, work as problem solvers and hold governments accountable.   The track record of civil society activity in the Arab world is mixed.  In Tunisia, the Nobel Prize... Read More
March 16, 2016
Imagine a young king standing on a barren hill in enemy territory. His army, cold and disheveled stretch out before him. Most of these men were his friends when he was a young prince. He would drink and share bawdy jokes with them. Young Harry, standing at the fulcrum of time as he sets to roll... Read More
December 21, 2015
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More
December 03, 2015
Today, countries across the world are commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities as a moment to promote awareness of challenges facing persons with disabilities and mobilize support for their inclusion in all societies. Amid the myriad of challenges facing Libya, the... Read More
November 30, 2015
“Do you think we Muslims are all terrorists?” As an IRI trainer, I occasionally happen to travel beyond Europe to help my colleagues in other regions, and because of the relative proximity of my region to the Middle East as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa, these trainings are often held in... Read More
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Thibault Muzergues

Resident Program Director, Europe Division

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