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October 15, 2018
From public health to education, a lack of access to clean water has a reverberating impact on the daily lives of millions of people around the world — making water scarcity an issue of paramount importance for anyone concerned with issues of sustainable development and women’s rights. According... Read More
October 09, 2018
“Business as usual will never lead to growth and development. Only through innovation and change will you see real progress!” – Mohammed Dewji, Pan-African Entrepreneur Life in the Sahel region brings many challenges for young people; whether these challenges stem from violent extremism, poverty... Read More
October 04, 2018
The International Republican Institute (IRI) was present for the off-cycle gubernatorial elections on September 22, 2018 in Osun State, Nigeria. We traveled to Osun State, Nigeria to assess recent reforms pursued by the electoral commission and security forces to improve the electoral environment... Read More
September 24, 2018
In Nigeria, political parties lack ideology and manifestos. But the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s town hall meeting marks their first step towards open... Read More
August 29, 2018
It has been an interesting few weeks in Nigeria. For those of us that have been watching Nigerian politics for the past four or five years, it feels very much like Déjà vu. When I arrived in Nigeria in 2014, the country was reeling from what many Nigerians were calling a gale of defections that... Read More
August 17, 2018
Convened by IRI, Ghanaian national and regional women political party leaders will gather in Accra, Ghana on August 17 and 18 to discuss the barriers to women’s full participation in political parties. Despite Ghana’s strong democratic progress over the past two... Read More
June 19, 2018
On July 30, 2018, Zimbabweans will go to the polls to participate in the most significant elections of their lifetime. Former President Robert Mugabe's name will not appear on the presidential ballot for the... Read More
June 16, 2018
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy identifies terrorism and violent extremism (VE) as a top priority. The president’s strategy to address these issues is to allocate more money for... Read More
June 11, 2018
For many years the region of Southern Africa was considered a democratic stronghold on the continent. However, over the last five years, the region has experienced democratic backsliding including political leaders and ruling parties exercising unconstitutional methods to consolidate power and... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More

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