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February 10, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces many profound challenges. Divided along ethnic lines, crippled by political gridlock and with one of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates, the future of Bosnia’s democratic development hinges on the willingness of the next generation of political leaders... Read More
February 07, 2020
Ukraine’s 2020 local elections—scheduled for October 2020—will be another step in Ukraine’s ongoing process of decentralization and European integration, providing Ukrainians a government that better represents their interests. As Ukraine prepares for Election Day, IRI is working with local... Read More
February 06, 2020
History is full of examples of countries where a large population of politically disengaged and disaffected youth resulted in political upheaval and instability. With more than 50 percent of its population under the age of 30, youth engagement in Nigeria is crucial to the country’s political... Read More
February 04, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute launched its first-ever “Ideathon,” a program dedicated to empowering Panamanian youth to identify and address problems in their communities. Four years later, participant Radamés Martinez reflects on his experience with the Ideathon, and how it gave... Read More
January 27, 2020
As a leader in e-governance, Estonia has leveraged public-private partnerships to boost innovation, support its democratic institutions and establish itself as a top-rated democracy among post-Soviet states. Despite sharing a similar history, many countries in the region have struggled to emulate... Read More
January 23, 2020
November 24, 2019 was a Sunday and, as on so many Sundays in the past six months, the people of Hong Kong took to the streets. Across the city, nearly three million residents of all backgrounds marched to make their voices heard. This time, however, they did not go to the frontlines to hoist signs... Read More
January 22, 2020
Ukraine’s journey as a nation has been full of as many challenges as hard-won successes. One challenge Ukraine faces today is to rebuild and assert its independence while facing ongoing aggression from a revanchist Kremlin. Despite this challenge, Ukrainians have... Read More
January 17, 2020
In 2016, the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized Panama’s first Ideathon competition, a program in which young people develop innovative projects to benefit their communities with the aim of improving engagement between youth and local government.   Over the past... Read More
January 17, 2020
En 2016, el Instituto Republicano Internacional (IRI) organizó la primera Maratón de Ideas (Ideathon) en Panamá, un programa en el que los jóvenes desarrollan proyectos innovadores para beneficiar a sus comunidades con el objetivo de mejorar el compromiso entre los jóvenes y el gobierno local. En... Read More
January 15, 2020
The gap between citizens and governments is a persistent problem in Kenya, leading to growing distrust in political entities by the citizens, a lack of transparency and accountability in governance processes, and an undermining of democracy.   In an effort to address this problem, the... Read More