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February 24, 2017
M’barka is a young woman from a rural village in southern Morocco. As she recounted to IRI, she was new to politics, having joined a political party a year and a half ago. Though she came with high hopes, she found herself quickly disheartened by discouraging comments from her colleagues in the... Read More
December 22, 2016
Since the 2010-2011 revolution, Tunisia’s government has struggled through multiple changes in leadership as it finds it footing and embarks on a new phase of history.  Over the course of the ongoing transition faith in the government has waned as public expectations, especially among youth,... 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 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
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
November 23, 2016
From November 2-8, 2016, I travelled to Morocco on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network. My first trip to the field since joining IRI in June, I went to conduct interviews with politically active women in the towns of Rabat and Essaouira for a gender assessment. WDN’s standardized gender... Read More
November 04, 2016
Decision-making processes in Morocco have long been dominated by gray-haired men. In the last five years, however, this has begun to change. In the wake of Morocco’s 20 February Movement in 2011,... 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 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

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