Recent Posts

February 07, 2017
Meet Stacie Brown, one of our hosts for IRI's podcast "Global."      
February 01, 2017
We are talking about Colombia in our second episode of “Global,” with the 30th President of Colombia, Andres Pastrana; Nick Miroff, Latin America Correspondent for the Washington Post; and IRI Resident Country Director for Colombia Gabriela Serrano.  With every podcast, we include a behind-... Read More
January 10, 2017
Since 2014, IRI has been working to help bridge the gap between local government, civil society organizations, and at-risk youth and communities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI is bringing together these diverse stakeholders through agenda-building roundtables,... Read More
August 19, 2016
During my preliminary research in preparing for a week of learning about e-governance in Estonia, I came across a quote from technology entrepreneur, Marc Adreessen, that read, “Skype has a great engineering team, which I like to describe as ‘all of Estonia.’” After being week embedded in Tallinn... Read More
July 26, 2016
Last week, I was asked to be on a panel on “Utilization of Evidence and Research” at the USAID Democracy, Rights and Governance Partners’ Forum.  I spent some time during my presentation talking about complexity-aware approaches, and how to make sure that evidence stays relevant in the... Read More
July 09, 2016
Last week USAID’s Global Development Lab hosted a digital development forum on Central America in the City of San Salvador. Themes focused on ways information communication technology (ICT) tools can open and shape the democratic space throughout... 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
June 13, 2016
On January 14, Tunisia celebrated the fifth anniversary of its 2011 revolution, an event that sparked a regional wave of civil protests in the Arab world known internationally as the “Arab Spring." Tunisia was fortunate to not endure the bloodbath that many revolutions around the region produced,... Read More
June 07, 2016
Beginning in January, IRI has partnered with seven Jordanian municipalities to improve street lighting. The impetus was twofold: First, the project responds to citizen surveys collected using a mobile app IRI developed called Baldytak, meaning “Your Municipality.” Thirty-five percent of citizens... Read More
May 17, 2016
Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de participar en el evento “Hacia Ciudades Más Seguras”, organizado por el Instituto Republicano Internacional, el cual reunió a un grupo selecto de personas provenientes de México, El Salvador, Colombia, Honduras y claro está, Panamá, para debatir sobre los... Read More