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October 2016

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October 31, 2016
Online media has turned the world into a global village where information is easily accessible and stories can spread like wildfire. However, there are still parts of the world where citizens are not able to benefit from the internet and many who are disconnected from the world due to their... Read More
October 28, 2016
One year ago, Generation Democracy hosted its first event outside the U.S. in Dakar, Senegal and brought together 45 young leaders from the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal for a collaborative conference and advocacy skills... Read More
October 28, 2016
One year ago I had the honor and privilege to participate in the launch of Generation Democracy in Dakar with fifty other young people from West Africa. What was extraordinary was the intensity of the debates, the common will of each of us to want to change not only our country but the world! We... Read More
October 27, 2016
Niger, beset by poverty and one of the harshest and hottest climates on the planet, is battling the scourge of violent extremist elements.  The country has one of the youngest populations in the world, with an average age of 15.  The challenges to provide adequate education and economic... Read More
October 27, 2016
Breaking from his mother tongue of French so that the English-speaking audience could understand him clearly without the assistance of the translators squawking through the earpieces: “I just want to say one thing.  In my home country [Burundi], they are killing young people like me every day... Read More
October 26, 2016
Georgia recently completed the first round of its 2016 parliamentary elections. While there was much to praise in terms of how the elections were conducted, for the first time in my almost nine years of observing elections here with IRI, our statement noted concerns over “culture of mistrust.” In... 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
October 20, 2016
In recent years, there’s been a growing awareness about the role of data in international development. For the most part, the international development community looks at data as a way to inform our work, to capture the impact that we’re having in improving people’s lives, and to figure out how we... Read More
October 19, 2016
Last week, IRI brought together 15 amazing young people from across Morocco for the country’s first Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), which provided training to young people so that they can more effectively tell their stories and spread positive social messages using modern media techniques. They... Read More
October 12, 2016
Durante los últimos meses a nivel local hemos visto como los medios digitales han jugado un papel importante no solo en la opinión sino también en el comportamiento de las personas, cuando esta información llega y produce cambios en el terreno político o social en primera instancia, vamos... Read More