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February 20, 2019
East Africa has one of the youngest populations in the world: with a population of 150 million, a staggering 45 percent are under the age of 15 and 28 percent are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. Recognizing the importance of engaging this community, the... Read More
October 11, 2018
Around the world, young consumers of news are having trouble distinguishing credible sources from unreliable ones; this is becoming an increasing challenge for Tanzanian youth. Misinformation and disinformation continue to threaten democracies, as the accessibility of this disinformation continues... Read More
January 12, 2018
USAID Administrator and former IRI president Mark Green once said, “The purpose of development assistance is to end its need to exist. Each of our programs should look forward to the day when it can end, and, around the world, we... Read More
June 09, 2017
Tanzania, the largest nation in the East African Community, is an incredibly diverse country. It is home to approximately 125 different ethnic groups, large Christian and Muslim communities and more than 100 spoken languages. Tanzania is also an incredibly youthful country, with majority of the... Read More
September 17, 2016
It has been a while since I traveled internationally to see IRI’s programs in action. This week, I was glad to return to my second home – Tanzania, where I had the privilege to see East Africa’s bright young minds in action at our Generation Democracy conference in Dar es Salam. Following Tanzania... Read More
March 18, 2016
In early December 2015, Tanzanians took to Twitter with the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo to remark about the campaign of their newly-elected president, Dr. John Magufuli, to cut wasteful spending and tackle rampant corruption in... Read More
November 20, 2015
While the fanfare and excitement surrounding the elections in Tanzania seem calm by the standards of some other African countries, you could certainly feel buzz in the air on Saturday, one day before Election Day.  The streets were lined with the flags of the two main parties: CHADEMA (who is... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
November 10, 2015
Join us for a Twitter chat discussing the Tanzania elections and the impact youth played with @Tanzania_Bora at 9:30AM EST on November 13, 2015.  In a country where 80 percent of the population is below 35, engaging youth to... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
October 29, 2015
Day two of IRI’s gender assessment of the women’s participation in the electoral process in Tanzania continued the flurry of briefings from election and gender experts. Gender and Governance The second panel on Day 1 included experts from several gender-focused organizations, including... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
October 28, 2015
Supported by the Women's Democracy Network (WDN), IRI facilitated a gender assessment of the recent Tanzania elections that took place on Sunday.  The assessment addressed the gaps in data collection around women’s participation in the electoral process... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division