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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 22, 2018
The International Republican Institute (IRI) was present for the off-cycle gubernatorial elections on July 14, 2018 in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The trip was meant to inform the findings of a pre-election assessment mission conducted jointly with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from July 11-20... Read More
May 29, 2017
Last week, IRI Nigeria Program Director Sentell Barnes sat down with Ndi Kato, a rising star in Nigerian politics. Ndi has joined IRI for trainings for young women in political parties and she is currently working to increase the number of women registered to vote in Kaduna State. She joined... 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
August 08, 2016
Imagine a country where youth leaders are often beyond the “youth age range” and youth-focused policies are discussed without inclusion and input from youth? Welcome to Nigeria. Nigeria is a country where youth make up a majority of the population but are often sidelined by political elite and... Read More
May 27, 2016
As a young and curious university student in 1998, I anxiously waited at the Benue Hotel in Makurdi where prominent politicians and activists in Nigeria gathered to discuss the new transition to democracy. The meeting not only shaped the formation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), which... Read More
March 23, 2016
(IRI’s M&E Scholars Program is an intensive course designed to help field-based M&E specialists to better understand, design and apply cutting edge concepts, methods and practices to their work. The program includes a condensed three day workshop in Washington DC, which is what James writes... Read More
March 16, 2016
In October, 2015, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
December 03, 2015
Part of IRI's objective is to strengthen the role and inclusion of marginalized groups in Nigeria’s political parties.  Since 1999, IRI has implemented programs aimed at mainstreaming persons with disabilities (PWDs) into the structure and processes of political parties.  The active... Read More
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Alao Sunday Afolabi

Assistant Program Officer, Africa

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