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April 30, 2021
One is a staff member of Colombia’s House of Representatives, working to promote citizens access to information.  Another served as a member of North Macedonia’s National Assembly for two terms and is particularly proud of ... Read More
April 24, 2020
As we mark the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the devastation that has been unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of collaborating with our allies to address this unprecedented challenge. Multilateral efforts to bolster democratic... Read More
May 14, 2019
Democracy is not always flashy. Nor is it intended to be. For a legislature, one of the most vital functions is found in the committee hearing room. Public hearings provide citizens an opportunity to speak directly to policymakers about matters that are important to them. They offer... Read More
March 05, 2019
“Being here brings us another opportunity; not only to learn from one another but also to grow together,” Peruvian Vice President and Member of Congress Mercedes Araoz reflected as she addressed 22 women members of parliament from ten countries during the closing of the weeklong House Democracy... Read More
October 31, 2018
Over the past two years, use of the ballot box has become relatively routine for Colombia’s citizens. Citizens have voted in the October 2016 peace plebiscite, legislative and presidential elections and the most recent anti-corruption... Read More
June 04, 2018
I am blessed to have a job where I am inspired every day by the work IRI does-- working alongside partners as they strengthen their democracies. We work with activists to address corruption... Read More
May 18, 2018
Countless hours of preparation and work go into running for parliament.  Once elected, it might seem like the hard work is over. But in reality, the work is only just beginning.  Newly elected parliamentarians are faced with the challenges of navigating the legislative process,... Read More
February 22, 2018
On September 20, 2017, nearly 200,000 Guatemalan citizens protested throughout the country in response to legislators voting to grant President Jimmy Morales immunity from a probe into suspected illicit campaign funding. Only a few months later, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru was... Read More
January 03, 2018
Shared histories, a common language, and emerging democratic legislatures are common threads that link Colombia, Guatemala and Peru. Citizens in each country have overwhelmingly voiced their support for the growth and sustainability of democratically-elected governments, and as a result, leaders... Read More
June 26, 2017
Seize the moment was the unofficial motto of our first House Democracy Partnership (HDP) technical assistance consultancy (TAC) to Guatemala. Guatemala is at a critical juncture. Since 2015, the nation has undergone a democratic revolution of sorts. The legislature has answered citizen calls for... Read More