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June 06, 2018
IRI’s 2018 Generation Democracy Global Summit, held in Vienna, Austria from May 23-29, 2018, brought together a group of dynamic young leaders from 35 countries to identify opportunities to advance youth leadership in their local communities and countries by 2020. This year’s summit reinforced IRI... Read More
October 30, 2017
Youth have historically been marginalized in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that experienced multiple episodes of violent conflict since its independence in 1960. Armed groups that exploited the absence of state institutions to exacerbate ethnic and religious differences during the... Read More
July 25, 2017
Members of Parliament (MPs) all over the world have an often tedious job, and the occupation comes with many challenges. However, few elected officials face as many obstacles as the Central African Republic’s (CAR) National Assembly deputies. Since achieving independence in 1960, the country has... Read More
February 14, 2017
Ndele is a small market town around 400 miles away from Bangui, and is one of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) forgotten regions. In 2012 Ndele was the first city captured by Séléka rebels, an alliance of rebel militia factions that overthrew the CAR government on March 24, 2013. In the time... Read More
August 09, 2016
Jean-Félix Riva, who served as Program Officer in IRI’s office in Bangui from March to July 2016, is moving on to be Chief of Staff to the newly-elected National Assembly President. During his time at IRI, Riva made a significant contribution to the IRI program by leading the development of the... Read More
August 09, 2016
For more than 30 years, IRI has been working with political parties on nearly every continent, delivering consultations, polling presentations and trainings on messaging and communications.  IRI’s assistance in emerging democracies is almost always made available to ruling parties, who... Read More
March 29, 2016
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. It always seems impossible until it’s done”. - Nelson Mandela On February 12, 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison after being... Read More
March 17, 2016
Elle a le visage froissé de ceux qui ont trop vite dormi. Trop vite, trop peu. Trop mal aussi. Les draps encore imprimés sur la partie gauche de son visage détaillent en courbes et sillons les tourments de sa courte nuit.  Trop chaud sous la moustiquaire. Musique trop forte chez les voisins... Read More
March 16, 2016
Her wrinkled face resembles those that have not slept for long. Too fast, too little. Badly as well. She had a short night and this can be seen through the trace of sheets on her cheeks. It is too warm under her mosquito net. Her neighbors play loud music since the return to peace and quiet. She... Read More