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April 17, 2020
The House Democracy Partnership (HDP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is a bipartisan commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with 21-partner parliaments around the world to support the development of... Read More
April 16, 2020
The global pandemic has provided the perfect cover for authoritarians to buttress systems of control and surveillance. Yet despite their efforts to further restrict freedom under the guise of public health, ordinary people living in closed and closing spaces are showing the strength of independent... Read More
April 14, 2020
In transitioning democracies with weak public health systems, governing institutions are being put under enormous strain by the COVID-19 pandemic. With trillions of dollars in aid set to flow to address both the public health and economic crisis, the risk of graft is enormous. By supporting... Read More
April 09, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is just beginning to be felt in Latin America and is exacerbating underlying institutional problems. Some governments have suspended constitutional rights and freedoms, adopted broader surveillance mechanisms and contributed to misinformation. While these... Read More
April 06, 2020
Ukraine has a rich tradition of youth taking an active role in improving their society. From the 2004 Orange Revolution to the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, young people have been at the frontlines of Ukraine’s Democratic transition. Now, youth throughout Ukraine are working at the grassroots level... Read More
April 02, 2020
Women in Bangladesh are underrepresented in political and civic life. When half the population is prevented from fully participating in political life, democracy suffers. Aroma Dutta, the first woman from civil society to serve in Bangladesh’s parliament in the country’s history, is addressing... Read More
March 31, 2020
Despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women remain woefully underrepresented in politics worldwide as a result of systemic legal and cultural inequalities. How can governments and civil society empower women to participate in policymaking? The International Republican... Read More
March 26, 2020
Democratic governance will play a crucial role in both responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with the political and economic aftermath. Institutions grounded in transparency, responsiveness, accountability and the rule of law are better equipped to mitigate public health crises and... Read More
March 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting millions across the world.  Countries are mobilizing resources to protect their citizens and economies.  Given the surge in cases and accompanying deaths, anything except a public health response might seem peripheral to mitigating the virus’s spread and... Read More
March 20, 2020
La erradicación de la corrupción y promulgación de mecanismos de rendición de cuentas por parte del gobierno se fortalecen con la participación de una ciudadanía comprometida y empoderada, particularmente a nivel local. Durante más de dos años, IRI ha apoyado a Cuenca, la capital de la provincia... Read More