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November 16, 2018
As the first local IRI staff hired in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1998, Delima Saragih has worked tirelessly to strengthen democratic governance and civil society, help build more representative political... Read More
August 24, 2018
People run for office for a variety of reasons, some of which are altruistic and stem from a desire to improve their communities and make a difference, while others are entirely ego-driven or power seeking. In either case, very few truly know what to expect when they take office. Campaigns are... Read More
March 15, 2018
Young people are often excluded or overlooked as political candidates. Politics is typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men. Young people are systematically marginalized because of their age and perceived lack of experience. In Indonesia, 65 million people of the current... Read More
January 17, 2018
Moving from protest to policy is not easy at a time when the biggest problem we’re all facing is lack of faith in our institutions. Years of patriarchal, archaic structures have marginalized many in our communities, and driven many voices to the fringes – but this has also made us restless for... Read More
January 09, 2018
Twenty years ago, IRI opened an office in Jakarta, Indonesia. At that time, Indonesia was transitioning to a democracy after an economic and political crisis. In honor of working in Indonesia for the past 20 years, here are 20 things you should know about our work in the world’s largest Muslim-... Read More
September 19, 2017
In my last blog, A Deep Bench, I wrote of 36 incredible youth democracy activists from 13 different countries in Asia who met in Bangkok for a weekend of leadership development. At the event, I had the privilege to meet Gunawan, a civil... Read More
December 05, 2016
In the United States, partisan politics has hit one of its highest points of polarization in decades. Elected officials in Washington, D.C. remain sorted into their respective camps increasingly in the workplace as well as social situations. While “the aisle” sometimes appears to be more of a... Read More
September 22, 2016
Since Indonesia adopted a gender-quota law for elections in 2003, and strengthened it five years later, the number of women elected to the 560-seat House of Representatives, or DPR, had increased, from 11% in 2004 to more than 18% in 2009.  Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of the... Read More
March 14, 2016
Increasing women’s meaningful participation, voice, and influence in the political system and surrounding institutions is critical to achieving a truly representative democracy.  According to the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Gender Gap Index the average national-level legislature is... Read More
March 07, 2016
More than 20 years ago, in September 1995, world leaders, activists, and NGO’s gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The outcome of that conference, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, set the stage for most of the work around the world on advancing women’s... Read More

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