Middle East & North Africa

Middle East & North Africa

IRI assists countries in the Middle East and North Africa to further their reforms and advance democratic transitions through a wide range of programs – from training political parties in Tunisia, to democratic governance assistance in Jordan, to public opinion research in Pakistan.  We promote responsive and inclusive governments throughout the region, each held accountable by informed and active citizens.

In the Middle East and North Africa our core programming focuses on:

  • Public Opinion Research: We conduct public opinion surveys and focus groups across the region, from Pakistan to Tunisia, to help governments and political parties better understand the priorities of their citizens.
  • Women’s Empowerment: Through the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we support aspiring women leaders to achieve better political representation and advocate for women’s rights.
  • Civil Society Initiatives: We help citizens organize around common interests and advocate for their priorities to their government.
  • Democratic Governance: Whether with municipal councils in Libya, mayors in Jordan or interim governing bodies in Syria, we help officials understand and meet the needs of their citizens.
  • Multi-Party Political Systems: We work with parties across the political spectrum to develop policies and platforms that resonate with voters and strong internal structures that will sustain them as organizations.