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January 04, 2017
The last few weeks of 2016 saw three major electoral developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The first was on December 1, when Gambians ousted 22-year incumbent President Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box. His loss was not as surprising as his rather swift... Read More
December 21, 2016
On December 7, I was deployed as part of an IRI team that conducted an Election Day assessment of women’s participation in Ghana’s electoral process. I was deployed to Ghana’s Northern Region. During my trip, I had the opportunity to meet and interview women to get a better understanding of their... 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 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 07, 2016
Yesterday, Ghanaians went to the polls to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, against a backdrop of an underperforming economy and an increasingly polarized political cycle. We had a team on the... Read More
December 05, 2016
On December 7, Ghanaians will vote in their seventh general elections since the return of democratic rule in 1992. These highly anticipated and closely watched elections will cap off an interesting year for electoral contests in Africa; highlighted most recently by the Gambia’s December 1... Read More
December 03, 2016
Our political party, civil society and governance initiatives are designed to give a voice to and serve the needs of the ordinary citizen. Yet in many places where we work, traditionally marginalized groups like persons with disabilities remain unrepresented in and sidelined from democratic... Read More
November 02, 2016
They say your first trip to Africa can come with a bit of culture shock, not fully knowing what to expect—both in terms of culture and with this being my first international trip with IRI. And while I arrived in Tanzania expecting the unexpected, the greatest surprise I encountered stemmed from... Read More
October 10, 2016
Today, October 11, 2016, the world commemorates the fifth International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on... Read More

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