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August 31, 2016
Recently, IRI took part in the iTrends2016 Summit in Guatemala City bringing together social media thought leaders from civil society, government, media, academe and the private sector sharing lessons learned, strategies and tools on use of medium. The Institutes long term partner, iLifebelt, a... Read More
August 29, 2016
This week an entire generation of people may learn that the only leader they have ever known is dead. Since the chatter of Uzbekistan President, Islam Karimov’s sickness was publicly released yesterday, communications services in Uzbekistan have closed down and the borders have been closed. No one... Read More
August 29, 2016
How do governments reach their citizens? How can civil society bridge the divide between citizens and their government? IRI Mexico faced these and other questions in 2009 as they developed and launched programs in Nuevo Leon and Hidalgo. Seven years later, as these programs comes to a close, the... Read More
August 28, 2016
Physical and mental disabilities have long been stigmatized in Post-Soviet countries. This stigmatization has contributed to the creation of systems that do not prioritize efficient service delivery for persons with disabilities, or the creation of social programs that would directly benefit them... Read More
August 24, 2016
On this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, we thought we’d take a moment to share some things you might not have known about IRI’s longstanding support to Ukraine.   Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and IRI opened... Read More
August 24, 2016
On a hot summer day in 1944, my grandfather left his beloved Ukraine on a sleigh - the only means of transportation available to him - believing he would never see his homeland again. One of millions of Ukrainians displaced by World War II, he fled the country with the advancing Soviet army,... Read More
August 24, 2016
There is a photo on the wall of IRI's Kyiv office as you enter of a young child sitting on his father’s shoulders wearing a "Ukraine" headband and waving a small Ukrainian flag.  It was taken at the 1996 Ukrainian Independence Day parade by IRI's Senior Advisor for Eurasia, Chris Holzen.... Read More
August 23, 2016
Shan State proved to be an anomaly in Burma’s 2015 election. In most of the country Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated, but the results in Burma’s largest state were exceptional in scale and diversity.  Over 10 political parties won at least one seat in the Shan... Read More
August 22, 2016
This week, IRI as part of the U.S. House of Representative’s House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program, hits the road as we travel to Colombia and Peru with the goal of furthering HDP’s partnership with these important member countries.  HDP is a unique program; offering peer-to-peer exchange... Read More
August 19, 2016
Women around the world are breaking the glass ceiling in politics.  Amazing, competent, motivated women are leading the way for others. So why don’t we hear about them? Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often... Read More