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February 04, 2019
When a wave of protests and unrest rocked much of the Arab world in 2011, Algeria stood out as a beacon of stability amidst ongoing chaos in the region. The steady internal situation has allowed it to play an increasing, positive role in stabilizing and promoting peace in... Read More
December 05, 2018
On November 23, prominent Syrian activist Raed Fares was killed by unidentified gunmen in the town of Kafranbel. Active since the early days of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Fares was one of the most widely respected and energetic Syrian... Read More
November 05, 2018
IRI collaborates with engaged, passionate civil society organizations (CSO) to organize public... Read More
September 07, 2018
In February 2016, Tunisia adopted a new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). Under the new CPC, the law formally grants citizens protection against torture, the right to legal counsel from the onset of detention, reduces the maximum pre-trial detention time to 48 hours, requires the police to allow the... Read More
May 22, 2018
Ten years ago, civic tech was the edgy space where those “technology people” were scheming and concocting, intent on upsetting the civic system. Several years ago, it was a space of curiosity and prospecting, still edgy, but this time with funding and buzzwords. I would argue that though there are... Read More
April 10, 2018
As a key bridge between citizens and decision-makers, strengthening civil society supports a citizen-oriented and citizen-driven approach to promoting democracy. To this end, IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society... Read More
January 10, 2017
Since 2014, IRI has been working to help bridge the gap between local government, civil society organizations, and at-risk youth and communities. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, IRI is bringing together these diverse stakeholders through agenda-building roundtables,... Read More
January 05, 2017
Precedent is highly important in legal systems, but what about precedent in new democracies? How can new democracies establish democratic norms and processes when there’s little precedent for it? For Mongolia’s thriving civil society, embarking on campaign finance oversight marks an... Read More
November 16, 2016
It’s not often that people get excited about government budgets, especially citizens. Often it requires someone with a background in finance and accounting or an extremely engaged citizen to get into the nitty-grittiness of budget allocations and keep track of multiple planning and approval... Read More
July 05, 2016
As Country Director for IRI in Tunisia, I am taking classes to improve my French language skills.  I pester my tutor and staff to help me learn French terms for our work.  Although I can order anything off a menu and ask for directions in French, I want to learn the language of... Read More

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