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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
November 18, 2016
From October 23-29, 2016, a five member, nonpartisan delegation representing the House Democracy Partnership (HDP)—Jed Meline, HDP Staff Director; Ana Sorrentino, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA); Mike Dankler, Legislative Director, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN); Jerry... Read More
October 24, 2016
This weekend, a delegation arrived in Guatemala City on behalf of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program.  IRI will coordinate the assessment with close collaboration from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  Our delegation is a diverse... Read More
September 22, 2016
Besides being prime places to experience South American cuisine, Colombia and Peru are in prime positions for their members of Congress and their staff to strengthen legislative services and oversight. The eagerness to energize such actions was brought to light during the series of technical... Read More
September 14, 2016
This morning I had the pleasure to witness the formal signing ceremony welcoming Sri Lanka into the House Democracy Partnership, or HDP.  HDP’s mission is to “promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies.”... Read More

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