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Africa

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Learn more about our work in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Our work in the DRC is focused on supporting the National Parliamentarians’ Women’s Caucus and strengthening the capacity of national parliamentarians. 

    Working with the National Parliamentarians’ Women’s Caucus, we help women legislators raise the profile of issues affecting women and more effectively represent their constituents through technical assistance on constituent outreach and communications skills. We work with Caucus members and other women in political leadership to assist them in the design and implementation of a strategic communications campaign to raise awareness of the importance of women’s participation and representation in government.  Through workshops, we also help increase national parliamentarians’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities as legislators, strengthening legislative skills and parliamentary practices.

    Alongside our CEPPS partners NDI and IFES, we will conduct an assessment of election preparations in DRC, including the revision of the voter roll and the accessibility and inclusion of marginalized groups in the electoral process.

     

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  • Burundi

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    Through our East Africa regional governance initiative, we are supporting local elected officials and local governance associations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi to be more effective instruments of service delivery and democratic governance by sharing best practices and building the capacity of local institutions.

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  • Cameroon

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    Through the Cameroon Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), we offer women the skills needed to take a more active leadership role in decision-making at all levels of society. 

    Through WDN’s Women’s Leadership School program, the Chapter helped prepare women political party members and aspiring candidates to compete in elections.  Following elections, using a democratic governance and social accountability manual and corresponding curriculum, the Chapter builds the capacity of newly-elected women local councilors to effectively serve their constituents. 

    The Chapter is also taking a leading role in working with civil society groups, and with women throughout Cameroon, to advance women’s leadership and increase the number of women serving in elective office

    Updated: 09/05/2014

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  • Ghana

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  • Kenya

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    Since 1992, we have supported Kenya’s democratic development through initiatives that strengthen the country’s multi-party political system, legislative skills and parliamentary practices, electoral processes and democratic governance.

    Kenya’s passage of a new constitution in 2010 and elections in 2013 launched a host of changes to the way that the government functions and interacts with its citizens, including introducing a newly decentralized system of government known as devolution. Leading up to the 2013 elections, IRI partnered with Kenya’s national civic education program, URAIA Trust, to develop and distribute The Citizen Handbook to hundreds of thousands of Kenyan citizens to educate them on devolution and their rights and responsibilities under the new constitution. IRI also shared the handbook’s critical civic education content through a user-friendly SMS and web platform through which Kenyans could easily access brief, digestible information online or through their mobile phones.

    Among other things, devolution was designed to bring power to the people, particularly marginalized groups such as women, youth and persons with disabilities. Despite some progress, there are still many communities who are marginalized and face barriers to exercise their rights and participate fully in the political process. As the 2017 elections approach, IRI is assisting women, youth, and persons with disabilities to meaningfully engage in the electoral process by analyzing and discussing the underlying obstacles to their full participation through roundtables and focus group discussion research. IRI is also boosting the ability of these groups to interact with parties and civil society organizations and empowering them to articulate platforms based on priority community issues. Read more about IRI's work with marginalized groups in Kenya HERE.

    Building upon the success of our multi-regional local conflict program, IRI is currently working in Nairobi County to mitigate tensions ahead of the 2017 general election in Kenya. The Institute is adapting its approach from its successful conflict management program in Baringo County to provide local stakeholders with the skills and context-adapted practices to find sustainable community-based solutions to reduce the prospect of electoral-related violence following Election Day.

    Working with our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), the WDN Kenya Country Chapter, launched in 2009, is educating women on their new rights under recent legislative changes and is empowering women to participate in the political process, despite traditional barriers, through a politically balanced member-driven coalition.

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  • Mali

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    Since our return to Mali in 2013, we have been assisting national and sub-national actors to develop their knowledge and skills and fulfill their roles.  Through civic and voter education  – with a specific emphasis on marginalized groups such as women, youth, refugees and internally displaced persons – we helped both Malian citizens and potential candidates prepare for the 2013 presidential and general elections. In this respect, IRI worked with both civil society organizations and political parties to strengthen the electoral process and ensure that relevant stakeholders were adequately informed on their roles and responsibilities according to the law.  I

    We trained National Assembly candidates on the roles and responsibilities of parliamentarians and on campaign strategies, and facilitated radio debates to allow candidates to promote their platforms. We also trained Malian journalists to report on the legislative campaign in a balanced, unbiased and comprehensive manner

    Since legislative elections, we have been working with the newly-elected parliamentarians – the vast majority being first-time deputies – and National Assembly staff members to develop their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, and develop the legislative branch’s overall technical and operational capacities.

    We also promote transparent and participatory two-way dialogue between Malian citizens and elected officials. In this respect, and in the context of the implementation of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, we brought together thought leaders from different governmental and non-governmental structures to talk about challenges and ways to better implement the Agreement, and organized forums to inform stakeholders and Malian citizens of the key issue of regionalization.

    Lastly, through our Generation Democracy initiative, we promote greater engagement by Malian youth in politics as well as a commitment to democratic values.

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  • Niger

    Learn more about our work in Niger

    Since 1999 we have worked with political parties and civil society organizations to foster an environment of government accountability and greater civic engagement. 

    We help create a multi-party political system by working with parties to strengthen their internal democracy, prepare for elections, develop issue-based policy platforms that address citizens’ concerns, and implement financial best practices.  We also enable inter-party dialogue on political party finance, campaigning, internal party democracy and the role of party poll watchers in elections. 

    Through our work with women, youth and persons with disabilities we are increasing participation in the political process and expanding access to politics, leadership and government regardless of age, gender or physical ability.

    To strengthen Nigeria’s electoral process, we are working with civil society, government and political parties to foster discourse and encourage Nigeria’s citizens and their political parties to forego violence and settle their political disputes peacefully.  Our election observation missions and training of political party poll watchers ensure elections are open and transparent.

    Along with our Women’s Democracy Network we are strengthen the capacity of women political party leaders to assert themselves within party structures.  Through our Women in Politics Forum (WiPF), WDN works to overcome the marginalization of women party leaders and build a unified voice for women in Nigerian politics.  

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  • Nigeria

    Learn more about our work in Nigeria

    Since 1999 we have worked with political parties and civil society organizations to foster an environment of government accountability and greater civic engagement. 

    We help create a multi-party political system by working with parties to strengthen their internal democracy, prepare for elections, develop issue-based policy platforms that address citizens’ concerns, and implement financial best practices.  We also enable inter-party dialogue on political party finance, campaigning, internal party democracy and the role of party poll watchers in elections. 

    Through our work with women, youth and persons with disabilities we are increasing participation in the political process and expanding their access to politics, leadership and government regardless of age, gender or physical ability.

    To strengthen Nigeria’s electoral process, we are working with civil society, government and political parties to foster discourse and encourage Nigeria’s citizens and their political parties to forego violence and settle their political disputes peacefully.  And our election observation missions and training of political party poll watchers, ensures elections are open and transparent.

    We also support local civil society organizations’ efforts to implement a digital platform for citizen evaluation of their local elected officials.  Through this SMS-based scorecard, constituents have the opportunity to assess the performance of local-level representatives and communicate their views and expectations to them.  In turn, we promote more effective, representative and accountable governance by assisting local elected officials better understand constituents’ needs and expectations.

    Along with our Women’s Democracy Network we are strengthen the capacity of women political party leaders to assert themselves within their party structures.  Through our Women in Politics Forum (WiPF), WDN works to overcome the marginalization of women party leaders and build a unified voice for women in Nigerian politics

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Rwanda

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    Through our East Africa regional governance initiative, we are supporting local elected officials and local governance associations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi to be more effective instruments of service delivery and democratic governance by sharing best practices and building the capacity of local institutions.

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  • Somalia

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    From 2002-2014 we worked alongside Somalilanders as they incorporated democratic principles and practices into their political system.  Our work focused on strengthening democratic governance, electoral processes and Somaliland’s multi-party political system. 

    Working with members of Parliament and their staff, we helped them establish issue-based caucuses that improved their democratic governance practices and constituent outreach.  The parliamentary caucuses worked with civil society to draft and champion legislation that reflected the views of citizens and laid the foundation for increased citizen involvement in the policy-making process.

    With support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), we also worked with newly-elected district councilors to help them identify citizens’ concerns and priorities for the local government and helped councilors effectively engage constituents in community decision making.

    Today, IRI works to strengthen political parties across Somalia to support their role in peaceful and inclusive political processes.  Through political skills training programs, our work allows party leaders, activists and elected officials from all political parties to address the capacity gaps that political actors face in Somalia.  We are working to ensure Somali political parties have the tools and knowledge to promote democratic principles within their parties, mitigate conflict, include women, youth and minorities and promote peaceful political party processes across clan lines.  We also help support party poll watchers to ensure they understand their role in upholding democratic processes.

    Our work opens avenues of communication between party leaders, electoral monitoring bodies and civil society stakeholders.  Through dialogue sessions, we support political parties to develop individualized codes of conduct that reflect local and party values.  Our training and consultation sessions with political parties in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland support both party institution formation and official registration of political parties.

    We also work with Somali political parties to support issue-based platform development that addresses the true needs of Somalis regardless of clan or social identity.  Our program strengthens the ability of parties to identify citizen interests and incorporate the voices of marginalized groups into party platforms.

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  • Somaliland

    Learn more about our work in Somaliland

    From 2002-2014 we worked alongside Somalilanders as they incorporated democratic principles and practices into their political system.  Our work focused on strengthening democratic governance, electoral processes and Somaliland’s multi-party political system. 

    Working with members of Parliament and their staff, we helped them establish issue-based caucuses that improved their democratic governance practices and constituent outreach.  The parliamentary caucuses worked with civil society to draft and champion legislation that reflected the views of citizens and laid the foundation for increased citizen involvement in the policy-making process.

    With support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), we also worked with newly-elected district councilors to help them identify citizens’ concerns and priorities for the local government and helped councilors effectively engage constituents in community decision making.

    We bolstered Somaliland’s multi-party political system by supporting new and existing political parties as they developed issue-based platforms and became more inclusive of marginalized group, including women and youth.  IRI worked with party leaders to establish local branches and engage citizens at the community level.  We also helped parties identify leaders in all six regions and 21 districts of Somaliland, which resulted in more inclusive and sustainable political parties. 

    While working in Somaliland, we were committed to strengthening Somaliland’s electoral process by ensuring all political parties were prepared and able to compete in elections, offering voters meaningful choices.  We enhanced the transparency and credibility of elections by preparing more than 9,000 poll watchers to observe elections and we fielded international election observer and assessment missions for 2005, 2010 and 2012 elections.

    Reflecting how well respected our work was, we were asked to conduct a comprehensive study outlining the opportunities and priorities for democracy support in Somaliland.  The Somaliland International Democratization Support Strategy, funded by DFID, was released in 2014.

    Updated: 03/12/2015

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  • South Africa

    Learn more about our work in South Africa

    Since the birth of South Africa’s democracy 1994, IRI has worked with civil society organizations and academics in South Africa to articulate the challenges facing the country and the ways its government and citizens can work together to find solutions.

    Our current program explores local government service delivery provision in informal settlements in mining areas of the North West province. The research also considers the challenges faced by residents of the informal settlement, particularly migrants, when seeking to engage their local representatives and access basic service delivery. The research seeks to provide relevant information and recommendations for both the public and policy-makers as South Africa prepares for local elections.

    Other research commissioned by IRI in South Africa includes a recent study on South Africa’s “born free” generation – children born after the fall of apartheid who comprise 40 percent of the country’s population and are now old enough to vote.

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  • Tanzania

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    Our peace and elections program in Tanzania strengthens democratic processes during the presidential and parliamentary election cycle and the constitutional reform process.  In collaboration with Internews, we are working with traditional and new media to strengthen their ability to play a constructive and peaceful role in the election and referendum process.  Our work with Tanzania Bora Initiative, a member of Generation Democracy, our global youth network, engages youth through multimedia platforms to increase their political awareness and participation

    Our work also increases the engagement and effectiveness of women and youth in their newly elected or appointed positions through parliamentary skills workshops and a mentorship program connecting Tanzanian parliamentarians with their counterparts around the world. 

    Additionally, IRI is educating Tanzanian youth about the current constitution and the constitutional referendum expected to take place in 2016.  We’re collaborating with Tanzania Bora Initiative again to incorporate educational material on the constitution and referendum into youth-oriented content on social media and television.

    With help from the Women's Democracy Network, we conducted a gender assessment of the October 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections, which increased understanding of how the political environment of Tanzania incorporates women and supports their participation in public life.  In July 2015, we conducted a public opinion poll in Zanzibar to assess citizens’ concerns about youth unemployment, corruption and the independence of the media.  By assessing and publishing the concerns of Tanzanian citizens while strengthening the capabilities of Tanzania’s democratic institutions, our work encourages peaceful and transparent elections while incorporating all members of society into the Tanzanian political process.

    Through our East Africa regional governance initiative, we are supporting local elected officials and local governance associations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi to be more effective instruments of service delivery and democratic governance by sharing best practices and building the capacity of local institutions.

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  • Uganda

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    Since 2002, our work in Uganda has promoted a more representative and competitive multi-party system by offering political parties technical assistance in strategic planning, leadership development, constituent outreach and issue-based policy development. 

    Through our work, we help political parties at the national and sub-national level develop issue-based policies, better represent their constituents and increase the participation of marginalized groups in the political process.  Using a multi-faceted approach that includes political party workshops, policy roundtables and university debates, we are helping strengthen the capacity of parties to play a role in creating a vibrant, competitive democracy.

    We focus on developing the next generation of leaders through an internship program, leadership academy, and our work with political party youth leagues.  Through the internship program, youth gain exposure to political parties and coalitions and become more engaged in the political process.  Leadership Academy participants are tasked with implementing a community action project, and have gone on to be valuable contributors to their parties, civil society organizations, and local communities.  Support for the Inter-Party Youth Platform encourages youth party members to work together to advocate for youth priority issues, and reach out to other youth to increase their peaceful participation in all political processes. 

    Ahead of the February 2016 general elections, we supported women candidates to share their platforms with constituents during community events and through radio shows.  Through a training of trainers series and support for the National Youth Festival, youth received voter education and were encouraged to peacefully participate in political processes.  Other events hosted by regional universities introduced students to electoral officials, and allowed them to share their views on priority issues with governmental or party leaders.

    Through our East Africa regional governance initiative, we are supporting local elected officials and local governance associations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi to be more effective instruments of service delivery and democratic governance by sharing best practices and building the capacity of local institutions.

    Established in May 2011, our Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Country Chapter is working to increase the number of women serving in decision-making processes by building their capacity as effective legislators and creating a nationwide network of supporters for their endeavors.

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  • Zimbabwe

    Learn more about our work in Zimbabwe

    Since 1993, we have supported political parties, civil society organizations, and elected officials that seek to institutionalize democratic governance principles, including inclusiveness, responsiveness and accountability, in Zimbabwe.

    We currently work with all stakeholders at the local government level including locally elected leaders from across the political spectrum, traditional leaders, residents’ associations, community-based organizations and residents (including marginalized groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities) in order to facilitate engagement and assist local governments to be more responsive to the service delivery needs and priorities of their constituents. 

    We do this by facilitating citizen participation in governance; fostering greater awareness of Zimbabwe’s new Constitution, the rights and duties enshrined in it and how they relate to people’s daily lives; and enhancing the capacity of local government leaders and citizens to work together to find solutions to service delivery issues.  Additionally, we conduct survey research which explores issues relating to local governance and constitutionalism and support the dissemination of information about the work of Parliament and the courts.

     

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  • Côte d’Ivoire

    Learn more about our work in Côte d’Ivoire

    In a country characterized by political polarization between the incumbent and opposition political parties, we are using methodological sound, public opinion research and a robust political parties’ needs assessment to help political parties become more issue-based and responsive to voters in advance of the presidential election scheduled for 2015. 

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Central African Republic

    Learn more about our work in Central African Republic

    In the Central African Republic, we help develop strong practices of democratic governancepromote free and fair elections and improve citizen participation in the political process.

    We led the CAR Elections Consortium through the country’s 2015/2016 electoral processes, which included international partners Internews and Mercy Corps, and Central African organizations Réseau des Journalists pour les Droits de l’Homme (RJDH) and Réseau des ONG des Droits de l’Homme (RONGDH).  Through the consortium, we provide voter education, empower marginalized groups to participate in electoral and transitional government processes while strengthening the ability of citizens, civil society and political actors to contribute to the mitigation of violence in the electoral period.

    We engage communities and political leaders at the national and sub-national levels to identify their concerns and goals, and assist them to achieve solutions together.  Our approach is relationship-centered and participatory, and covers each region of the country using media as a principle means of communication and education.

    Through our work, we are helping to create an inclusive political system and to foster a political environment built around healthy competition and strong institutions.

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Past Programs in this Region:

  • Angola

    Learn more about our work in Angola

    Active from 2004-2009, our program in Angola assisted political parties to become more issue-based and responsive to citizen needs and concerns.  We worked with marginalized groups, such as women and youth, to increase their understanding of participation in the political process.  Additionally, following Angola’s civil war, which ended in 2002, we bolstered the national reconciliation process by facilitating peaceful and constructive dialogue and opportunities for conflict resolution among political actors. 

    Updated: 05/18/2015

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  • Liberia

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    Prior to Liberia’s 2005 national elections, we worked closely with political parties to ensure they were prepared to participate in the electoral process.  We assisted parties in developing issue-based platforms and conducting voter outreach.  After the elections, we worked with the Women’s Legislative Caucus to draft the Fairness Bill which promoted the political participation of women in Liberia.  In partnership with local organizations, we also launched a media campaign to educate the Liberian citizenry about the Fairness Bill.  Our programming in Liberia concluded in 2009.

    Updated: 05/18/2015

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  • Malawi

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    During the May 2004 national elections, we worked with 10 political parties to help them develop party platforms that were reflective of citizen concerns and interests.  Through campaign schools, we provided Malawian candidates and campaign managers with the tools and skills needed to run effective, issue-based campaigns.  To help ensure a transparent and peaceful electoral process, we provided training to poll watchers and held conflict resolution roundtables.  Following elections, we also organized a number of political education initiatives to help political parties and citizens, especially university students, engage in meaningful discussions on important issues. 

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  • Mozambique

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    Our work in Mozambique helped to strengthen the country’s multi-party political system by preparing more than 11 political parties and coalitions for the December 2005 national elections.  Through workshops, seminars and customized consultations, we assisted political party leaders in demonstrating their commitment to democratic ideals and incorporating the issues of ethics and accountability into their platforms and communications strategies.  We also helped parties develop platforms that were issue-based and responsive to citizen needs and concerns and hosted trainings for party poll watchers to observe Election Day procedures.  We also worked with local civic groups to increase their participation in the electoral process by supporting civic and voter education outreach efforts. 

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  • South Sudan

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    Our work in South Sudan supported the Political Parties Resource Center, a neutral forum for political party discussion on issues of national importance, which we helped establish in 2011.  Throughout the years, the Political Parties Resource Center has evolved into a critical multi-party platform where political parties actively engage in ongoing conversations and debate on issues facing the country.

    To help with the development of a multi-party political system, IRI supported political parties to develop platforms and internal democratic practices and through the resource center, we fostered unique broad-based consultations between the government and opposition political parties on key national processes. 

    Working with staff at the resource center, we also maintained and enhanced a library that provides political parties and elected officials with a venue where they can gather and research solutions to challenges facing the country.  The library is especially critical in a country where many parties and officials lack the financial resources to establish their own offices.

    Through our Rich Williamson Women of Peace in South Sudan Initiative, IRI is empowering women living in internally displaced person and protection of civilian camps across South Sudan.  By recording the stories of women displaced by conflict and sharing them with civil society and government leaders, IRI is actively working to incorporate the voices of one of South Sudan’s most marginalized groups into the peacemaking process.

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  • Sudan

    Learn more about our work in Sudan

    From 2002 to 2014, IRI conducted political party development activities and supported the peace process in Sudan by strengthening the institutional capacity of transitional governing and political institutions that emerged following the landmark 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). 

    In advance of the 2010 national and 2011 Southern Kordofan elections, as stipulated in the CPA, IRI assisted parties as they prepared for each stage of the electoral process—voter registration, candidate nomination, campaigning and monitoring of elections.

    From May 2012 through May 2013, IRI worked directly with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) to assist in the group’s transition from a rebel movement to a political party following the LJM’s signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) in 2011.  IRI provided concentrated trainings and workshops focused on transforming the LJM into a functional, inclusive political party.

    In September 2012, IRI partnered with the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) to build the capacity of DRA staff, including both executive and legislative bodies, to enable them to more effectively and successfully carry out their respective duties.  IRI worked to strengthen the institutional capacity of DRA staff members through an approach that focused on issues such as governance, oversight capacity, budgetary review, legislative review, public policy management, internal and external communication and the support to women in DRA.

    In June 2014, IRI began providing support to the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund, the DRA’s implementation wing, to enable the DRA to function more inclusively and democratically while implementing social development projects under the Darfur Land Commission; to support the DRA Ministry of Technology and Capacity Building to better coordinate the development support of the DRA; and to develop the capacity of women to participate in the DRA executive and legislative organs.

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Asia

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Bangladesh

    Learn more about our work in Bangladesh

    Since 2003, we have actively promoted democratic development in Bangladesh through civic participation, strengthening multi-party political system and democratic governance programs.  Our work focuses on strengthen electoral processes through voter participation and public education programs, and assessment and observation missions for national and local elections.

    We advance the efforts of civil society organizations to conduct election-related research, monitor and report on campaign finance, and analyze electoral media coverage.  And we conduct public opinion research to gauge citizens’ concerns and priorities on issues relating to Bangladesh’s democratic development.

    Through our work with civil society and domestic election observer groups we are strengthening electoral processes, helping Bangladeshi groups to monitor candidate compliance with campaign finance laws, which will be used to develop recommendations for campaign finance reform.  To compliment this work, we offer workshops to journalists on campaign finance regulations and best practices in campaign finance investigative reporting.  We also aid locally driven research initiatives on the state of electoral politics in Bangladesh, and work with domestic media monitoring groups to observe and report media bias in election coverage. 

    To inform analysis on the conditions and attitudes surrounding elections in Bangladesh, we conduct national-level public opinion research.  Our survey research creates awareness among the electorate and ensures that domestic groups have access to scientific research on election-related topics.  As part of this effort, we have developed a Civil Society Research Academy to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to analyze and independently conduct public opinion research.

    Through our Women’s Democracy Network, we promote women’s political participation and leadership in Bangladesh.  Our Women’s Political Leadership Academy, offers workshops on the skills needed for women to take on a greater role in the decision-making process.  And our Women’s Leadership School assists women candidates effectively compete in elections.

    Updated: 08/28/14

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  • Bhutan

    Learn more about our work in Bhutan

    Since former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck called for a transition from absolute monarchy to a democratic constitutional monarchy in March 2005, the country has made considerable progress toward democracy.  Nevertheless, work remains to be done in strengthening the country’s multi-party political system, as well as enabling civil society organizations to monitor and report on political processes.  To reinforce Bhutan’s democratic consolidation, our programs reinforce the development of inclusive and participatory democratic institutions.

    To strengthen the country’s multi-party political system, we work with parties across the ideological spectrum with techniques and strategies to strengthen their internal organizational structures.  Working with the Election Commission of Bhutan, we help parties effectively promote their policy positions, reinforce their internal management structures, improve their internal rules and procedures and enhance their outreach policies.

    To build a politically engaged electorate that is well informed by an active and capable media, we work directly with journalists and media organizations to strengthen their capacity in political journalism, and offer media trainings for young journalists. 

    Our forums for Bhutanese citizens, such as the Bhutan Development Forum, increases the participation of citizens in the democratic process through dialogues focused on soliciting constituent feedback on development projects and the role that Bhutanese stakeholders play in such projects. 

    To strengthen legislative institutions so they are better able to represent citizens, we offer workshops to members and staff of the National Assembly and National Council on topics such as strategic planning, constituent outreach, communications and public opinion research.  Our work with parliamentary support institutions, such as libraries, legislative research and legislative drafting units, ensure drafted legislation will effectively represent constituent views. 

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Cambodia

    Learn more about our work in Cambodia

    We began working in Cambodia in 1992 to strengthen accountability, expand transparency and increase access to information.  Since that time, we have continued to strengthen civil society development, increase youth political empowerment and help parties become more issue-based and able to represent the interests of their constituents.

    To strengthen youth political engagement, we offer young party leaders workshops on leadership, campaign management, public speaking and message development.  Working with long-time partner the Youth Council of Cambodia, we support civic and youth governance education programming including Youth Democracy Festivals and an active nationwide network of young leaders who positively make a difference in their communities.  We also produce the television show, Next Generation, which engages youth to compete in friendly issue-oriented debates during a weekly one-hour show. 

    Since January 2004, we have has sponsored national public opinion polls to measure attitudes towards democracy and identify the issues of concern to Cambodians.  Using the data, we help political parties and government officials create policies that are in line with citizen priorities and needs.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • China

    Learn more about our work in China

    As China continues to undergo rapid economic development, civil society groups are emerging in greater numbers to represent communities and constituencies seeking to participate more fully in decision-making processes.  For more than 20 years, we have supported the efforts of Chinese organizations and individuals in the government, academic and nonprofit sectors to promote electoral reform, good governance, the rule of law and the development of an open and vibrant civil society.

    Together with our Chinese partners, we work to expand the dialogue on civil society, rights awareness, political participation and public policy.

    We support a broad range of Chinese civil society organizations and help them strengthen their ability to work with their constituencies as they become leaders on issues related to China’s political and social development.  Our support to small civil society groups has enhanced their capacity to help some of China’s most vulnerable, including ethnic minorities, rural women, those living with chronic disease and migrant workers.

    Our partners educate some of China’s most marginalized groups on their legal rights, including promoting and protecting women’s rights through local training programs and legal awareness centers for ethnic minority communities.

    In recent years, we have worked with civil society groups to strengthen local governance in the form of budget-reform initiatives at the township level, and demand-side governance through initiatives like participatory, town hall-style meetings.

    Critical roles of civil society are to help government become more sensitive to citizens’ needs, improve efficiency and enhance accountability.  Using websites, journals, newspapers and legislative advocacy, a number of our partners influence public policy on a range of issues including budget reform, public health, women’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities. 

    Updated: 03/09/2015

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  • Indonesia

    Learn more about our work in Indonesia

    Since the end of the Suharto government in 1998, Indonesia has been successful at cultivating democratic institutions, an active media and an engaged citizenry.  Spanning nearly 20 years, our work strengthens democratic governance and civil society, fosters more representative political parties and increases the participation of marginalized groups such as women and youth in the political process. 

    To strengthen Indonesia’s multi-party political system, we work with parties to ensure they are more representative of the Indonesia’s citizens, increase the participation of women and youth in the political process and conduct public opinion research to help political parties develop issue-based policies that address citizens’ concerns

    Our successful Task Force program brought together political leaders with civil society organizations and community leaders to promote the creation of issue-based and relevant policy recommendations.

    Through our Winning with Women initiative, we increased the political participation of women, training women candidates in Aceh, East Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra, South Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara in preparation for the 2014 legislative elections.  We are now working with these newly-elected women legislators on best practices related to democratic governance.  

    Since Indonesia’s first open and transparent election in 1999, we have conducted nationwide and provincial public opinion surveys on national trends and top issues of concern for Indonesian voters.  Designed to help foster the development of representative political parties, we use the polling data to help parties be more issue-oriented in historically under-serviced provinces like Aceh, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Laos

    Learn more about our work in Laos

    Since 2003, we have conducted programs in Laos to address issues ranging from village governance to rural women’s political participation.  Currently, we work with Lao nonprofit associations to provide these nascent organizations with the skills and resources needed to serve as sustainable and effective members of Laos’ emerging civil society sector. 

    In April 2009, the Prime Minister of Laos signed a Decree of Associations, allowing civil society organizations to register and legal entities.  As groups began navigating the process, we partnered with these burgeoning nonprofit associations to help them develop the organizational and technical skills necessary to accomplish their goals. 

    Through our micro-grant program, we provided emerging associations with critical resources needed to succeed as effective and sustainable organizations that address issues such as women’s rights, sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, health initiatives, programming for disadvantaged youth and community development. 

    Our work with the Lao Women’s Union has increased rural women’s political participation and has increased their ability to train women throughout the country.  Today, our Women’s Democracy Network carries out this work.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Malaysia

    Learn more about our work in Malaysia

    Since Malaysia’s independence in 1957, the country has experienced a series of national elections, but never a change in national government.  While the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition has held power continuously since 1973, the 2013 elections did see their electoral share fall to less than 50 percent of the popular vote. 

    To enable citizens’ concerns are more effectively addressed

    We work with civil society organizations to advance watchdog initiatives designed to improve the accountability of newly-elected state representatives in fulfilling their campaign promises.  We also equip civil society with the tools to engage everyday citizens on their public initiatives and emphasize the critical role of the Malaysian citizenry in holding their elected leaders accountable for their actions.  Additionally, we focus on building the capacity of civil society to engage and provide opportunities for youth to advocate for priority issues throughout Malaysia. 

    We work with parties, newly-elected representatives and emerging leaders at the national level and in targeted states, to strengthen their ability to conduct effective constituent outreach, develop and communicate policies that address citizens’ concerns, as well as speak to issues of inclusiveness in a post-general election environment. 

    Our work with emerging youth leaders empowers capable, young leaders as they advocate for democratically inclusive values and start to shape the direction of the country’s democratic development.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Mongolia

    Learn more about our work in Mongolia

    Since Mongolia embarked on its democratic path in 1989, its widespread public support for democratic reform has secured its status as one of the few countries in Asia that can boast dynamic institutions of democracy.  Throughout this period, Mongolia has created and strengthened democratic institutions, including the national legislature, the judiciary, political parties and civil society. 

    With a long-standing presence in Mongolia, we have established a reputation as experts working with all political parties and civil society organizations, both in Ulaanbaatar and at the grassroots level in provinces across Mongolia. 

    Through our democratic governance work, we support Mongolia’s fight against corruption, a significant obstacle to securing citizens’ trust and confidence in its institutions.  Working with the municipal government of Ulaanbaatar, we are helping them bolster open and transparent government in the capital city.  Our programs provide technical expertise and facilitate initiatives, led by the government and civil society, to reduce corruption, improving transparency and accountability.

    Through our parliamentary strengthening program, we provide technical legislative expertise and advice to members of parliament, the State Great Hural, to improve their ability to effectively represent their constituents. 

    We have worked across Mongolia to bring together local government officials and citizens to address community concerns at the provincial, county and town levels, improving government responsiveness to citizen priorities

    To ensure political parties are strong representative institutions that can serve as effective advocates and representatives of citizens, we work with political parties to increase the participation of youth and women.  Our work strengthens the engagement of youth leadership by providing mentorship, expertise and advice.  Through our Women’s Democracy Network, we are increasing women’s political participation in all levels of government by providing leadership and professional development assistance.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Burma

    Learn more about our work in Burma

    Building upon two decades of success assisting Burma’s pro-democracy movements, we began working in-country in February 2012.  Based in Rangoon, we conduct programming in every state and region of Burma with thousands of people attending our workshops.

    To strengthening Burma’s representative institutions, we use scientifically-sound public opinion polling to help political parties become more effective advocates and develop issue-based policies that address citizens’ concerns.  Through our workshops and consultations, we provide technical expertise and advice to party members on strengthening internal structures and activities, as well as impart knowledge to parties and candidates on carrying out campaigns that focus on citizens’ needs. 

    Through workshops, lectures and dialogues, we encourage political actors, including ethnic minorities, to advocate for change, mobilize grassroots support and efficiently manage their organizations.

    Our civil society initiatives, aid their ability to be effective advocates in political processes and policymaking.  We work with groups to strengthen their organizational development and improve their ability to engage with citizens by providing technical expertise, guidance and training.  We also bring together civil society and political parties to engage in policy related discussions on a range of issues such as federalism, minority rights and land rights.

    To strengthen the country’s electoral process, we work with a consortium of civil society partners to develop and carry out civic and voter education campaigns in advance of the 2015 elections. 

    We also work to increase the participation of youth and women in the political process to help ensure the success and sustainability of Burma’s transition to a more democratic government and lend legitimacy to the process.  Through our Leadership Training School and Women’s Leadership School – a program implemented by our Women’s Democracy Network – we actively encourage the involvement and leadership of youth and women in political parties and civil society.

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Nepal

    Learn more about our work in Nepal

    Since 2013, our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) has worked with members to build a strong network of skilled women leaders. 

    Our Women and Power initiative, empowers Nepalese women at the grassroots level with the skills needed to take on greater leadership roles.  Based upon WDN’s Women’s Leadership School program, participants are now implementing similar workshops for other women with a goal of working together to advocate for more gender sensitive policies within the government of Nepal.

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Thailand

    Learn more about our work in Thailand

    Since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, the Kingdom has been governed under 18 constitutions and has experienced 19 military coups.  Following seven months of political protests and the annulment of the February 2014 snap elections, the military formally took control of Thailand's government on May 22, 2014.  Since the coup, the military junta has outlined a plan to restore order to the Kingdom which includes reconciliation, reform and elections, which will not be called until October 2015 at the earliest. 

    Despite the poltical turmoil, we work to increase women’s political inclusion at the local level and to build the capacity  of women to advocate for priority issues of concern as the reform process in Thailand continues.  Working with emerging women leaders in civil society as well as regular citizens eager to participate in the political process to improve their communities, we enhance the role of women who are largely underrepresented in governing institutions throughout the country

    We provide new tools and skills to support women’s efforts to run for local office, strengthen their governance skills once elected and provide a platform for these women to advocate for pertinent issues of local and national concern, including health care, unemployment, education and administrative inequality. 

    Updated: 08/28/2014

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  • Timor-Leste

    Learn more about our work in Timor-Leste

    Since Timor-Leste’s independence was restored in 2002, IRI has become a trusted resource amongst Timorese civil society, members of parliament and political parties in helping them development their democratic institutions.  As the only nongovernmental organization to work directly with political parties continuously since 2000, our initial work focused on strengthening the country’s multi-party political system by helping parties prepare for the 2001 constituent assembly and the 2002 presidential elections. 

    Since 2002, we have supported civic education efforts, bolstered political pluralism, increased the participation of women and youth in the political process, strengthened the capacity of parliament to serve as an independent and representative body and conducted public opinion polling and election support in all 13 districts of Timor-Leste.  Our work ensures elected leaders, civil society actors and citizens are able to positively influence their country’s and their communities’ democratic development.

    To support the next generation of Timorese leaders, we currently bring together youth to participate in an intensive Youth Leadership Academy.  Using a professionally-developed curriculum comprised of lectures, case studies, skill development workshops and exposure to the foremost experts in Timor-Leste, our leadership academy equips rising youth leaders with the skills needed to meet the challenges all leaders confront and to address the policy issues specific to Timor-Leste.  

    Through our leadership academy, participants are gaining the knowledge and skills needed to take on greater leadership positions in Timor-Leste’s ongoing democratic development.

    Updated: 01/16/2015

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  • Sri Lanka

    Learn more about our work in Sri Lanka

    For more than two decades, we have engaged in Sri Lanka’s democratic development through programs that build citizen confidence in government, encourage women’s political participation and strengthen multi-party political systems.

    To build responsive, transparent and effective local government institutions, we partner with municipal councils and community groups throughout Sri Lanka.  We provide a forum for local elected officials to share best practices with their peers, develop innovative solutions to complex urban challenges and speak with a collective voice on national policy that meets local government needs.

    Through the Center for Insights in Survey Research, IRI’s public opinion research center, we conduct research to inform the development of responsive and inclusive reform policies and strategies.  Data and evidence from our surveys assist elected officials to improve citizen services and empowers citizens to participate more effectively in the political process.

    Even more, through our Women’s Democracy Network, we promote women’s political participation and leadership by providing women parliamentarians exposure to international best practices in constituent and media outreach, public speaking and strategic messaging skills.  We also assess the barriers to women’s political participation and provide recommendations as to how government can be more gender-responsive and inclusive.

    Our work in Sri Lanka also includes partnership with the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission that works directly with the Parliament of Sri Lanka and partner legislatures around the world, to support the development of effective, independent and responsive legislative institutions. 

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  • Fiji

    Learn more about our work in Fiji

    Political instability in Fiji has led to four coups since 1987, authoritarian suppression of political and civil rights, economic hardship and isolation.  In recent years, the Fijian government has initiated constitutional and political reform efforts to return the country to a stable democratic footing.  An important step in this transition were the national parliamentary elections in September 2014, which marked the country’s first election since the military seized power in a bloodless coup in December 2006.

    The country’s September 2014 elections carried high stakes for the future of Fiji and its commitment to the democratic process.  To support their efforts and strengthen the country’s electoral process, we launched an electoral support program, deploying long- and short-term international election observers as part of a multinational observation group.  Our efforts, along with those party poll watchers and poll workers, encouraged a free, fair and credible electoral process, enhanced the legitimacy of the process in the eyes of Fijians and offered constructive recommendations for continued improvement.

    Our work following Fiji’s elections, strengthened parliament’s ability to effectively represent citizens as well as enabled civil society organizations to engage in political processes.  Through a series of workshops on citizen engagement, democratic governance and constituent outreach techniques, we worked with newly-elected members of parliament (MP) to understand and represent the needs of their constituents.  Along with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, we also sponsored a series of town hall meetings, which enabled MPs to engage directly with citizens and civil society and hear first-hand what issues concerned communities most.

    Updated: 11/25/2015

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Eurasia

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Belarus

    Learn more about our work in Belarus

    Despite many democratic challenges, we have worked with political opposition parties since 1997, helping them to build stronger organizations, improve communication with citizens and supporting greater participation of youth and women.

    We work with pro-democratic parties to present themselves as effective alternatives by developing issue-based messages that speak to voters concerns, building communications skills and finding ways to reach out to citizens given Belarus’ repressive system.  We support the Belarusian opposition build more sustainable professional political organizations, draft issued-based policies and platforms, recruit and retain volunteers, increase engagement of new members, and carry out campaigns.

    We focus on developing the next generation of leaders by equipping youth and women with the skills to actively engage in the political process.  We offer workshops and cross-cultural exchanges where youth can freely discuss challenging issues, build presentation skills and network with like-minded activists throughout the region.  We also work closely with women in political parties and in civil society to empower them to play more active roles in party decision-making processes.

    In IRI-sponsored regional forums, democratic political party leaders and activists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are sharing best practices and looking for solutions to common challenges unique to post-Soviet countries.  Through these forums, we assist in the development of an alliance of Eurasian democratic political parties where exchanges of information allow them to learn from one another.

    Updated: 08/21/2014

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  • Georgia

    Learn more about our work in Georgia

    Since 1999, we have supported the development of a multi-party political system and helped parties develop their regional party structures.  We also work with youth, women and other marginalized groups to help them engage in the political process and take on a greater role in party activities. 

    Using reputable, methodologically-sound public opinion polling, we work with all the major parties to develop more positive, issue-based platforms and campaigns.  Our programs provide a forum where party activists focus on developing strategic plans, strengthening organizational structures, recruiting new party members, and developing and communicating messages that resonate with voters.

    We work the youth wings of the parties to become active participants in the political process.  In 2010, we launched a multi-party televised youth debate competition that remains one of our most successful initiatives to engage youth in the policy debate.   

    Since 2012, we have worked with women candidates to help them develop successful campaign strategies and tactics.  Through the Georgia Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), we encourage women to get involved in political decision-making processes and to become actively involved in the civil society.  In addition to conducting leadership schools, the Chapter has implemented what they learned in WDN workshops on advocacy and fundraising to host charity events to aid Georgian orphanages.

    During elections, we strengthen electoral processes by conducting international election observation missions, most recently for the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections, and assessment missions for both rounds of the 2014 local elections.

    In IRI-sponsored regional forums, democratic political party leaders and activists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are sharing best practices and looking for solutions to common challenges unique to post-Soviet countries.  Through these forums, we assist in the development of an alliance of Eurasian democratic political parties where exchanges of information allow them to learn from one another.

    Through our Baltic-Eurasia Inter-Parliamentary Training Institute, we bring together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across Eurasia with their counterparts in the Lithuanian Seimas, for exchanges and workshops on strengthening legislative skills and parliamentary practices

    Updated: 09/27/2014

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  • Kyrgyzstan

    Learn more about our work in Kyrgyzstan

    Since 2004, we have supported the development of democratic institutions in Kyrgyzstan.  With offices in Bishkek and Osh, we focus on helping political parties become more issue-based and responsive to voters, increasing women and youth participation in the political process and strengthening democratic governance.

    We support the development of a multi-party political system with strong, unified national political parties.  Our work focuses on strengthening political party capacity to address key areas of citizen concern, particularly by encouraging the development of issue-based platforms and campaigns and improving political party organization and management with a special focus on regional offices.  

    During elections, we strengthen electoral processes by working closely with parties and civil society to provide candidate and campaign workshops as well as extensive, nationwide election observer training for political party members, candidate volunteers and civil activists.

    We focus on developing the next generation of leaders by equipping youth and women with the skills to actively engage in the political process.  We provide active youth with training on leadership and civic education and encourage them to undertake community projects that utilize these skills.  We also work closely with women in political parties to empower them to take a more active part in decision-making processes on the regional and national level.

    Through our democratic governance work, we bring together government officials and citizens to address community issues.  This collaborative effort improves government transparency and responsiveness, and increases constituent voices in municipal affairs.  Working with the Osh City Council, we are helping build the capacity of councilmembers to actively participate in oversight, debate and law-making, which improves democratic processes and enables this key institution to be more independent.

    Updated: 08/21/2014

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  • Lithuania

    Learn more about our work in Lithuania

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Through our Lithuania-based Baltic-Eurasia Inter-Parliamentary Training Institute, we bring together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across Eurasia with their counterparts in the Lithuanian Seimas, for exchanges and workshops on strengthening legislative skills and parliamentary practices

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Moldova

    Learn more about our work in Moldova

    We first started working in Moldova in 1998, supporting political party development, women’s empowerment and democratic governance at the local and national levels.  Starting in 2014, focus turned to helping parties gain the skills needed to compete in elections and boosting voter turnout.

    Using methodological sound, public opinion research, we help political parties become more issue-based and responsive to voters in advance of the November 2014 parliamentary elections.  IRI polling data enables parties develop policies that address voters’ concerns and campaign on issues.

    We are also focused on strengthening the electoral process through workshops and trainings for party election observers, to equip them with the information and tools necessary for them to effectively monitor the elections. 

    Through our Baltic-Eurasia Inter-Parliamentary Training Institute, we bring together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across Eurasia with their counterparts in the Lithuanian Seimas, for exchanges and workshops on strengthening legislative skills and parliamentary practices

    In IRI-sponsored regional forums, democratic political party leaders and activists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are sharing best practices and looking for solutions to common challenges unique to post-Soviet countries.  Through these forums, we assist in the development of an alliance of Eurasian democratic political parties where exchanges of information allow them to learn from one another.

    Though our work with women and our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), we are increasing women’s political participations and helping women to take on a greater leadership role in party and government decision making.  Launched in 2010, the WDN Moldova Country Chapter brings together women leaders from politics, civil society and business to address issues facing women and promotes and encourages women to seek leadership positions in the Moldovan government. 

    Updated: 8/21/2014

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  • Russia

    Learn more about our work in Russia

    Since 1993, we have supported the development of a more open, participatory and democratic society.  We focus on helping democratic political parties build stronger organizations, improve communication with citizens, strengthening the ability of civil society institutions and grassroots organizers to advocate for change and increase citizen participation in political processes and fostering ongoing engagement between European and Russian civic and political actors.

    We support the development of a competitive, multi-party political system with effective, responsive national political parties.  Utilizing reputable, methodologically-sound public opinion polling, we work with pro-democracy opposition parties to develop issue-based platforms and campaign strategies.  Additionally, our programs focus on equipping pro-democracy opposition parties with the tools necessary to strengthen organizational structures, develop effective communication strategies and navigate the increasingly restrictive electoral environment in Russia.

    Through IRI-facilitated legislative exchanges with both the Lithuanian and the European Parliament, Russian pro-democracy opposition parties share best practices of transparent and responsive legislative parties.  And in IRI-sponsored regional forums, democratic political party leaders and activists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are sharing best practices and looking for solutions to common challenges unique to post-Soviet countries.  Through these forums, we assist in the development of an alliance of Eurasian democratic political parties where exchanges of information allow them to learn from one another.

    We support the development of an active, representative civil society with effective and participatory advocacy groups and grassroots organizations.  Through trainings on communication technologies, data visualization, and civic education and outreach, we provide civil society organizations with the skills necessary to develop the next generation of civic leaders who are capable of establishing constituent-focused processes and advocating for reforms.

    Since 2010, we have worked with women leaders to help them develop successful campaign strategies, communication technologies and fundraising skills.  Through the Russia Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network, we encourage women to take on a greater role in campaign and strategic planning processes in their own parties.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Ukraine

    Learn more about our work in Ukraine

    Since 1994, we have been at the forefront of working at the regional level to strengthen multi-party political systems, enhance civil society, promote democratic governance and foster unity efforts in Ukraine.

    We have a long history of working with political parties to strengthen their structures at the regional level.  Using polling data, we inform parties of key issues to citizens to help them develop more issue-based campaigns.  To further this work and help parties enhance cooperation with civil society, we also bring these groups together to resolve local issues in a collaborative manner

    Through IRI-sponsored public hearing, the gap between citizens and elected officials is being bridged and citizen participation in the decision-making process is increasing.

    In recent years, we have expanded the program to foster cooperation and unity between east and west Ukraine.  Through study tours, where local officials and youth have an opportunity to interact on a personal level with their counterparts from different parts of the country, we are strengthening interregional relationships between reform-oriented officials and young activists. 

    Having observed every parliamentary and presidential election since Ukraine became independent in 1991, and through our trainings for political party poll watchers, we are strengthening the electoral process and helping to ensure Ukraine has open, transparent elections.

    Through our Baltic-Eurasia Inter-Parliamentary Training Institute, we bring together parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across Eurasia with their counterparts in the Lithuanian Seimas, for exchanges and workshops on strengthening legislative skills and parliamentary practices

    In IRI-sponsored regional forums, democratic political party leaders and activists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are sharing best practices and looking for solutions to common challenges unique to post-Soviet countries.  Through these forums, we assist in the development of an alliance of Eurasian democratic political parties where exchanges of information allow them to learn from one another.

    Through the Ukraine Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network, we are increasing women’s involvement in policy-making positions in government and political parties, and are creating awareness of issues affecting women.

    Updated: 01/5/2015

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Europe

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Estonia

    Learn more about our work in Estonia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Latvia

    Learn more about our work in Latvia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Albania

    Learn more about our work in Albania

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Seen as a go-to resource for women’s political empowerment, the Albania Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network is focused on raising awareness of the role women play in the decision-making process of local and state governments, increasing women’s leadership opportunities and elevating women’s issues in the Albanian government

    Following successful efforts to train women candidates and campaign managers in advance of the May 2011 municipal elections and the June 2013 parliamentary elections, the Chapter is now working with elected women parliamentarians to form an effective parliamentary women’s caucus and helping women members strengthen capacity to successfully and transparently govern

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Learn more about our work in Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    To move beyond the personality-based politics and parties of the past and help strengthen a multi-party political system with issue-based parties, we promote independent, non-party voices that can produce sound, research-based policy proposals, communicate them to the public and organize citizens to encourage parties to embrace issue-based policies.

    Through our Women’s Democracy Network, we empower women in politics and prepare them for careers as political leaders.  We also help establish and support the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus, the first inter-party, inter-ethnic and interest-based parliamentary caucus in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

    Our Young Women's Leadership Academy offers a three-year professional development program for young women in politics, combining skills-based seminars and a mentorship program that develops an individual approach to the professional development of each participant.  

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Bulgaria

    Learn more about our work in Bulgaria

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Croatia

    Learn more about our work in Croatia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Czech Republic

    Learn more about our work in Czech Republic

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Hungary

    Learn more about our work in Hungary

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Kosovo

    Learn more about our work in Kosovo

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Macedonia

    Learn more about our work in Macedonia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Since 1991, we have supported the development of a multi-party political system in Macedonia.  Using scientifically sound public opinion research, we help inform government officials, political party stakeholders, civil society and the general public on the issues of concern to voters.  Data from IRI polls inform government policy development, help make parties more responsive to citizens’ concerns and help civil society advocate on important issues.

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Montenegro

    Learn more about our work in Montenegro

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Poland

    Learn more about our work in Poland

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Romania

    Learn more about our work in Romania

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Slovakia

    Learn more about our work in Slovakia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Slovenia

    Learn more about our work in Slovenia

    Launched in 1999, our Europe Regional program responds and adapts to changing circumstances in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

    Using an effective cross-border approach, we draw upon talents across Europe, promoting cooperation and information sharing on institution building, political processes, policy development, government communication and citizen participation.

    Through a series of workshops – including the Leadership Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (LICEE), Citycraft and the Euro-Mediterranean Leadership Institute (organized in partnership with the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation) – we are helping the next generation of leaders gain important skills in modern campaign and communications techniques, the role of values in politics, youth politics, governance and the role of women in any successful democratic transition or consolidation.

    Our European Political Party Foundations and Institutes initiative helps parties establish, develop and expand the work of foundations and institutes that provide training, policy development, and advocacy and analytical support to parties and their leadership. 

    Our Leadership and Excellence in Advanced Politics (LEAP) Team, enables us to support our work in the region and to share a variety of experiences from democracies throughout Europe with our partners around the world.  LEAP volunteers are recognized for their expertise in areas ranging from political communication and voter outreach to democratic governance. 

    Updated: 09/04/2014

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  • Turkey

    Learn more about our work in Turkey

    Our work in Turkey focuses on public opinion research and increasing the political participation of women and youth.  In order to respond to growing political and social challenges in the country, we have introduced policy-oriented political debates to explore a particular topic in detail among a broad spectrum of stakeholders. 

    Using survey research to inform policy development is an integral tool of our program.  We conduct regular public-opinion polls on a wide range of local, national and international issues for consultation with program partners. 

    Our Youth Political Academies focus on increasing political participation of young people and helping them gain the skills needed to reach decision-making positions in the political arena.  The academies give access to high-level Turkish politicians, academics, experts and volunteers from our networks for a several hundred young politicians each year. 

    Building on the success of the Youth Political Academies, we have launched a training series to assist politically engaged women to advance their political potential.  Workshops give participants a clear overview of political fundamentals, the Turkish political framework, positive policy practices and different models of women’s empowerment in politics.

    Based on similar “brown bag lunch” activities around the world, our “Policy on the Menu” series is a policy-focused discussion, co-host with local Turkish partners.  Each event gathers partners from party or ministerial policy offices, professionals, students and activists, and allows them to discuss the most important topics of policy reforms in an informal setting.

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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Latin America & the Caribbean

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Argentina

    Learn more about our work in Argentina

    The Argentina Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network is increasing women's political participation through leadership skills workshops that focus on the particular needs of participants and the challenges to political and civic participation they face.

    The Chapter has also undertaken a nationwide campaign to end violence against women, using a specially designed training curriculum and book outlining statistics and facts about gender and domestic violence. 

    Using our Women’s Leadership School curriculum, the Chapter is helping women from the vulnerable neighborhoods of Buenos Aires with programs that address key areas of leadership development, and using a tailored curriculum to highlight domestic violence awareness is boosting neighborhood activism.

    Updated: 09/02/2014

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  • Bolivia

    Learn more about our work in Bolivia

    We have worked in Bolivia since 2004 to promote stronger relationships between governing authorities and citizens.  We have helped municipalities coordinate among themselves to solve local issues, as well as advance their interests on a national scale.  We have helped local leaders hold national counterparts accountable for including municipal interests and concerns in national policy formulation.  And we have worked with national actors to create inclusive platforms that seek solutions more closely aligned with citizen needs.  

    While Bolivia is known for its active civil society, there is a clear demand for elected officials to more effectively communicate their positions on issues that affect citizens.  We work with civil society to promote discussion, debate and the incorporation of key citizen issues into campaigns and local policy-making.  We help create an environment where political differences are set aside, allowing for the identification of viable solutions, and the development of a greater appreciation for citizen involvement in the democratic process.

    Bolivians want leadership education and opportunities.  This is especially true of women and marginalized groups in rural areas where openings to serve in positions of authority are few.  Established in 2008, the Bolivia Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network supports access to education and leadership training enabling women to become more active in addressing issues tied to their communities

    Updated: 09/02/14

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  • Brazil

    Brazillian members of our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) are some of the most active Network members. Serving as mentors to aspiring Brazilian women leaders, authoring books on women’s empowerment and effective campaigning techniques and speaking at international women’s events, WDN members are helping develop the next generation of women leaders in Latin America. Learn more about Brazil
    Learn more about our work in Brazil

    Brazillian members of our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) are some of the most active Network members.  Serving as mentors to aspiring Brazilian women leaders, authoring books on women’s empowerment and effective campaigning techniques and speaking at international women’s events, WDN members are helping develop the next generation of women leaders in Latin America.

    Through the Women’s Democracy Network Latin America, WDN’s regional initiative, Network members are sharing best practices to empower women in the political sphere, educating women on how to become more involved in society and politics, and promoting legislation that guarantees the rights of women throughout the country. 

    Updated: 08/29/14

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  • Colombia

    Learn more about our work in Colombia

    Since 2007, we have worked in Colombia to strengthen the country’s multi-party political system and processes, build confidence in the country’s institutions and bridge the gap between those who govern, the governed and civil society. 

    The prospect of a peace agreement ending the country’s 50-year internal conflict could usher in a period of renewed growth and prosperity.  To help make that possible, we work with citizens through civic forums and by building advocacy skills, and with civic leaders and politicians to enhance awareness of citizen interests and ways incorporate them into policies.  

    Through our democratic governance initiatives, we have worked with departmental and municipal governments to introduce governance best practices that improve communications with citizens and service delivery.  We supported the creation of Salones de Transparencia that promote open government at the municipal level, and have helped Afro-Colombian legislators and civil society organizations establish mechanisms to benefit their particular communities.

    In 2015, we began a pilot program to strengthen dialogue between citizens, municipal and regional authorities and industry representatives in extractive resource zones so that each sector can peacefully reconcile its interests with one another and work toward mutually acceptable goals in effective resource management.  In these localities, IRI also works with civil society organizations to strengthen their capacity in public dialogue, participation, and impact.

    As part of regional programming, we work with political actors, think tanks and policy experts to develop substantive policy proposals, helping political parties and elected officials effectively communicate policy proposals in ways that voters can understand.

    Through our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) and its Colombia Country Chapter, we are increasing women’s political participation and south-south cooperation.  Active in Women’s Democracy Network Latin America, Colombia WDN members have worked with Guatemala members on conflict management, delegating authority and team building.  Through the Women’s Leadership School program, Chapter members are providing leadership skills training to women throughout Colombia.

    Updated: 10/06/2015

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  • Cuba

    Learn more about our work in Cuba

    Cuba remains the Western Hemisphere’s lone totalitarian dictatorship.  Cubans are isolated from other societies by sea and from one another by restrictions on freedom of movement, basic rights and opportunities.  Since 1994, we have focused on demand-driven programs that encourage a more active and invested population prepared for a democratic future. We promote awareness of Cuba’s growing community of democracy activists, those laboring peacefully for a democratic opening and respect for human rights.  

    We help Cubans connect with one another, to the outside world, as well as become more informed citizens.  We help them overcome the absence of a free press, the lack of Internet infrastructure and the high cost of internal and external communications.  We support interaction among Cubans around social, cultural and civic themes.

    We build citizen’s familiarity with civic participation by helping them become aware of what they can do to improve their local communities and hold public officials accountable and help Cubans and civil society groups find ways to discuss everyday problems and propose ways to solve them.

    We have conducted countrywide public opinion research in Cuba since 2007 to enhance civic groups' awareness of citizen interests and concerns.  Knowledge of public opinion results have helped Cuban civic leaders propose policy alternatives based on those inputs. 

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Ecuador

    Learn more about our work in Ecuador

    Ecuador is experiencing a period of dramatic political change: the 2008 constitution altered many of the country’s political institutions, creating new levels of local government and shifting responsibilities among local and national bodies.  A new law being debated would lift term limits for all political offices. 

    In this context, we help local governments identify and respond to citizen concerns, assist national leaders to incorporate local inputs into their policies and campaign platforms, and help local and national political actors engage in issue-based policy discussions.

    Working with advocacy networks, we help establish issue forums that encourage greater awareness of citizen needs.  Connecting local elected officials with their counterparts in the National Assembly, media and think tanks, we facilitate consideration of local interests, concerns and ideas in the national dialogue.

    By engaging national and regional experts, we help grassroots stakeholders improve local governance practices so they more effectively respond to citizen interests.  Working with academics, think tanks and policy makers, we gather local and national democratic stakeholders around substantive policy issues, providing tools and space to promote policy discussions on issues of shared concern.

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • El Salvador

    Learn more about our work in El Salvador

    Since the 1992 peace accords that ended El Salvador’s 13-year civil conflict, the country has labored to build a vibrant multi-party democracy and boost economic development, despite continuing challenges to public safety.  Since 2008, our programs have strengthened the foundations of democratic governance and helped lawmakers and municipal officials implement innovative programming that responds to citizen needs and priorities.

    We partner with municipalities and national municipal associations to improve service delivery and promote citizen inclusion.  Through workshops for government officials and citizens, we promote community engagement, local economic development, collaborative public safety efforts and transparency.  Our regional exchanges and activities enable officials to share practical lessons, encourage common dialogue, and support the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups, specifically women and youth

    Building on the success of our democratic governance initiatives, we launched Smart Governance, our digital governance initiative, in 2012 to promote utilization of low-cost information and communication technologies to overcome particular governing challenges.  Coaching for mayors, municipal councils and citizens on digital tools, helps communities improve citizen outreach, information sharing and economic development. 

    Through our regional initiative, we work with lawmakers and legislative staff to increase their knowledge of oversight responsibilities, providing exposure to best practices, trainings and tools to build capacity.  We tap regional academics, think tanks and policy experts to share experiences in overseeing the executive branch, conduct research in the formulation of laws and budgets and identify ways to improve legislative processes.

    We work with national level elected officials, political parties and candidates to improve service delivery and citizen inclusion in policy development, we offer workshops with civil society and think tanks, helping them create platforms and governing agendas that represent society’s concerns

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Guatemala

    Learn more about our work in Guatemala

    With peace accords in 1996 that ended a period of civil conflict, Guatemala has been rebuilding institutions to make government more responsive to citizen needs, improve public safety and promote more inclusive development.  Since 1993, our programs have helped parties effectively and ethically compete in campaigns and helped women and youth become stronger community leaders. 

    We partner with municipalities and national municipal associations to improve service delivery and encourage greater citizen inclusion, such as workshops that promote community engagement, local economic development, collaborative public safety efforts and transparency.  We adapt best practices to address needs in public safety; helping diverse interest groups develop collaborative solutions.  Our regional exchanges and activities enable officials to share practical lessons, encourage common dialogue, and support the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups, specifically women and youth

    Our work with the Guatemalan Congress strengthens oversight skills and promotes transparency and accountability.  By encouraging commissions to hold public hearings and forums we are increasing communication between stakeholders on issues of national interest.

    Building on the success of our democratic governance initiatives, we launched Smart Governance, our digital governance initiative, in 2012 to promote utilization of low-cost information and communication technologies to overcome particular governing challenges.  Coaching for mayors, municipal councils and citizens on digital tools, helps communities improve citizen outreach, information sharing and economic development. 

    Through the Guatemala Country Chapter, our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) builds the capacity of women to serve in leadership roles in all levels of government.  After implementing WDN’s Women Leadership School initiative, the Chapter and leadership school students are hosting Women’s Political Education Forums to increase female political participation in advance of the country’s 2015 elections.

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Honduras

    Learn more about our work in Honduras

    Since democratic elections in 1982, Honduras has been developing stronger national institutions, to build competencies in the three branches of government, as well as improve services in national ministries while challenged by corruption, lagging development and high levels of crime. 

    We partner with municipalities and national municipal associations to improve service delivery and promote citizen inclusion.  Through workshops for government officials and citizens, we promote community engagement, local economic development, collaborative public safety efforts and transparency.  Our regional exchanges and activities enable officials to share practical lessons, encourage common dialogue, and support the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups, specifically women and youth

    Through our regional initiative, we work with lawmakers and legislative staff to increase their knowledge of oversight responsibilities, providing exposure to best practices, trainings and tools to build capacity.  We tap regional academics, think tanks and policy experts to share experiences in overseeing the executive branch, conduct research in the formulation of laws and budgets and identify ways to improve legislative processes.

    Building on the success of our democratic governance initiatives, we launched Smart Governance, our digital governance initiative, in 2012 to promote utilization of low-cost information and communication technologies to overcome particular governing challenges.  Coaching for mayors, municipal councils and citizens on digital tools, helps communities improve citizen outreach, information sharing and economic development. 

    In working with national level elected officials, political parties and candidates to improve service delivery and citizen inclusion in policy development, we offer workshops with civil society and think tanks, helping them create platforms and governing agendas that represent society’s concerns

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Mexico

    Learn more about our work in Mexico

    Since 2008, IRI has worked with government officials and civil society to strengthen governance, accountability and awareness in Mexico. The Institute’s initiatives with all of Mexico’s major political parties  has helped bolster the country’s multi-party political system. At the local level, IRI has helped municipalities adopt best practices in governance and aided the development of local transparency commissions.

    In recent years, IRI’s efforts in Hidalgo and Nuevo Leon have strengthened civil society’s capacity to influence local policy and advance awareness of criminal justice, crime prevention and human rights reforms. With IRI support, civil society organizations are advocating for judicial reforms and citizen security platforms that will help develop public policy proposals on domestic and school violence.

    IRI also brings together local congressional leaders, municipal authorities, private sector actors and university partners to raise public awareness of judicial reform and related issues. Through federal-level policy forums, for example, IRI works to enhance collaboration between the federal government, political actors and civil society groups on the topics of criminal justice, crime prevention and human rights.

     

    Updated: 07/28/2016

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  • Nicaragua

    Learn more about our work in Nicaragua

    While Nicaragua shares few of the public safety challenges of its northern neighbors, electoral irregularities, constitutional manipulations and the declining capacity of public institutions to operate transparently mark challenges to Nicaragua’s democratic trajectory. 

    Our work engages youth in civic activism, promotes greater understanding of democratic processes and increases political and citizen civic awareness.  We help civil society, marginalized groups and political parties gain space to interact with citizens, encouraging them to play a more active role in the country’s electoral processes and align themselves with citizen needs.

    Through our work with women and marginalized groups, we are helping to engage citizens and local governments in addressing the needs of these communities.  Our support of the development of a Nicaraguan women’s coalition among local civil society organizations, is equipping them with leadership skills and training to develop civic initiatives that they can implement directly in their communities.  We also support the ability of women leaders to play an active role in improving their social environment by promoting transparency, accountability and rule of law. 

    Our work with independent media is helping them build the capacity to improve civic discourse and provide impartial, informative public affairs programming.

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Panama

    Learn more about our work in Panama

    Since its return to civilian elected leadership in 1989, Panama has made strides in consolidating democratic processes and demonstrated incremental progress in transparency and the delivery of services. 

    Through our regional initiative, we work with lawmakers and legislative staff to increase their knowledge of oversight responsibilities, providing exposure to best practices, trainings and tools to build capacity.  We tap regional academics, think tanks and policy experts to share experiences in overseeing the executive branch, conduct research in the formulation of laws and budgets and identify ways to improve legislative processes.

    Building on the success of our democratic governance initiatives throughout the region, our Smart Governance initiative promotes utilization of low-cost information and communication technologies to overcome particular governing challenges.  Coaching for mayors, municipal councils and citizens on digital tools, helps communities improve citizen outreach, information sharing and economic development. 

    To strengthen Panama’s electoral process we helped Comisión Justicia y Paz carry out its national domestic election observation mission for the 2014 general elections, which included pre-, Election Day and post-election monitoring to ensure that electoral standards were met throughout the electoral cycle.

    Panama also serves as a hub for regional conferences and meetings.  In 2014, we convened regional leaders, innovators and civil society representatives in Panama City to define essential characteristics of democratic rule and how to strengthen them in the region. 

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Peru

    Learn more about our work in Peru

    Despite impressive economic growth in recent years, Peru faces challenges in consolidating its democratic gains, particularly in areas that would boost public trust in political parties, municipal governments, and the congress. 

    Since 2007, we have worked to strengthen the capacities of all Peruvian political parties to represent their constituents and encouraged members of congress to adopt sound governance practices and build institutional oversight capacity. 

    In 2015, we began a pilot program to strengthen dialogue between citizens, municipal and regional authorities and industry representatives in extractive resource zones so that each sector can peacefully reconcile its interests with one another and work toward mutually acceptable goals in effective resource management.  In these localities, IRI also works with civil society organizations to strengthen their capacity in public dialogue, participation, and impact.

    To strengthen political discourse, we work with political stakeholders, think tanks and issue-experts to develop substantive policy proposals that address issues of concern to Peruvians, and we enhance the ability of political parties and elected officials to effectively communicate those policy ideas in ways that voters can easily understand.

    Established as the Women’s Peruvian Parliamentary Caucus in 2006 by women members of the National Congress, the Peru Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), works across party lines to ensure a gender perspective in discussions on education, employment, access to justice and respect for human rights.  Through town-hall meetings across the country, the caucus is engaging constituents in order to listen to their concerns and develop policy solutions.

    Updated: 10/06/2015 

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  • Venezuela

    Learn more about our work in Venezuela

    For more than a decade, respect for civil liberties and space for political dissent has continued to erode in Venezuela.  Following elections in 2013, which the ruling party narrowly won, the economic decline has accelerated, the violent crime rate remains one of the highest in the world and citizens have taken to the streets to demand change. 

    For more than a decade, our work has helped safeguard democratic space, promote civic participation and support those who desire peaceful change. 

    Since 2009, we have brought local organizations together with elected officials to discuss public policies and strategies focused on community interests and quality of life while encouraging citizen participation in the decision-making process.  We help national leaders to respond to citizen needs by encouraging issue-based policy discussions. 

    We also encourage the preservation of space for independent journalism to allow more access to information among marginalized sectors.  We encourage a wide range of civil society sectors to identify and articulate local issues of concern and to promote inclusive public dialogue.  We also highlight the importance of building relationships and communication mechanisms among civil society, elected officials, local media and citizens. 

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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Past Programs in this Region:

  • Guyana

    Learn more about our work in Guyana

    Guyana achieved independence in 1966 and is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations and the Caribbean Community.  Our work there has focused on parliamentary skill-building, civic engagement and voter education.

    From 2013 to 2015, we supported the National Assembly in its functioning as a deliberative, representative institution.  Our programs helped strengthen the capacity of parliamentarians and assembly senior staff.  Through workshops, manuals and other resource materials we actively engaged members from all parties to improve legislative capacity.

    We helped motivate youth and women to be more engaged in civic processes and dialogue.  We provided training sessions and workshops for women’s organizations and youth groups countrywide to improve their skills to actively engage the institutions responsible for safeguarding their rights.

    To strengthen electoral processes we have promoted voter education, particularly with regard to the electoral system.  Through workshops, we have provided trainings to a wide cross-section of civil society organizations to increase their capacity and supported local monitoring of the May 2015 national and regional elections. 

    Updated: 09/29/2015

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Middle East & North Africa

Current Programs in this Region:

  • Algeria

    Learn more about our work in Algeria

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Algeria, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space. Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Algeria and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Afghanistan

    Learn more about our work in Afghanistan

    Our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) members in Afghanistan are promoting women’s empowerment and strengthening their role as peace-builders and decision-makers so they are better able to address domestic and regional issues. 

    Through our Afghanistan-Pakistan Women’s Track Two Dialogues as well as a Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, women from various sectors of society, including parliamentarians, journalists, academics and civil society representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan have come together to find solutions to cross-border challenges.  As a result of this work, the Pak-Afghan Women’s Forum was founded and serves as a multi-sector network of women peace-builders. 

    Afghan women are also taking advantage of our Leadership Trek (LTrek) initiative, an online leadership curriculum that connects aspiring and experienced women leaders around the globe to build and strengthen their leadership skills.  Through LTrek, members from Afghanistan established their personal development goals and built an international support network.   

    Updated: 08/29/2014

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  • Egypt

    Learn more about our work in Egypt

    We support the development of a democratic multi-party political system by working with Egyptians to strengthen their knowledge of political party development, coalition building, voter education and advocacy.  Despite difficulties working in the country, we continue to engage political parties and civil society organizations through training workshops that occur outside of Egypt.

    Working with political parties committed to a democratic process, we offer workshops on topics such as issue-based platform development, communications, campaign management, grassroots campaigning and voter education.  We help these new parties build internal organizational capacity and skills that help them compete effectively in elections and govern responsibly

    We also conduct advocacy and leadership workshops with civil society so they are better able to participate in the democratic process.  We emphasize issue-based advocacy, coalition building and voter education and focus extra attention on supporting the engagement of youth and women.  In addition to in-person workshops, training courses and materials are also available online via the IRI Academy.     

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Egypt, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Egypt and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 09/11/2014

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  • Iraq

    Learn more about our work in Iraq

    Until 2013 IRI maintained one of its largest and most wide-ranging programs in Iraq.  IRI supported political parties compete in elections, and supported them in developing responsive policy platforms through regular national and subnational survey research.  IRI helped establish independent think tanks to inform Iraq’s policy debate, and supported diverse civil society organizations as they advocated for improved economic opportunities for youth and better protections for persons with disabilities, and fought discrimination against women.  

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Iraq, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space. Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Iraq and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

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  • Jordan

    Learn more about our work in Jordan

    To help support democratic governance initiatives in Jordan we provide decision-makers, political parties and citizens with regular public opinion polling, giving them an accurate picture of public opinion.  Findings from our polling help political parties develop issue-based policies that address the country’s social and economic challenges.  We also offer campaign workshops in advance of elections, and help to bring a new generation into the political sphere through innovative, youth-focused programs. 

    Through our democratic governance initiatives, we promote communication between local elected officials and their constituents to improve service delivery.  Our extensive network of citizens’ committees throughout the country works hand-in-hand with mayors and municipal councils and conducts informal surveys that help mayors and city officials set priorities and gauge performance.  We also provide technical assistance to help elected officials connect with citizens through town-hall meetings and Mayor on the Road days.

    Our Empower Initiative helps women in impoverished areas become leaders in their communities and change the stigmas surrounding female participation in politics.  Workshops focus on providing women, who have not typically had opportunities to get involved in the public sphere, with the tools and skills needed to vote independently and run for elected office. 

    Our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute cultivates leadership skills and networking opportunities for emerging women leaders throughout the Middle East.  In Jordan, AWLI members also partner with I am a Human Society for Rights of Persons with Disabilities to provide advocacy training to women with disabilities.    

    Through the Jordan Country Chapter of our Women’s Democracy Network, we offer workshops to women candidates and elected officials.  The Chapter also conducts Women’s Leadership Schools throughout Jordan to build the leadership capacity of women in rural regions.

    Updated: 09/02/2014

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  • Kuwait

    Learn more about our work in Kuwait

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Kuwait, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Kuwait and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Lebanon

    Learn more about our work in Lebanon

    The ongoing civil war in neighboring Syria has exacerbated political tensions in Lebanon, and failed presidential elections and an ambiguous timetable for parliamentary elections now threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate cross-confessional balance.  

    Through three interrelated activities, we encourage moderate political actors to realize that shared interests provide opportunities for cooperation and we help political parties to build the knowledge and skills needed to develop, maintain and effectively respond to constituents.  First, we build political parties’ awareness of constituent concerns and national priorities using public opinion polling, analysis and direct consultations.  Second, through targeted workshops and leadership consultations, we help parties develop issue-based outreach strategies and campaign techniques in preparation for eventual elections.  Third, we support civil society advocacy efforts to encourage candidates and elected representatives to respond to constituent concerns.

    Our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute offers Lebanese participants the skills needed to be effective leaders in their country and address policy challenges faced by women throughout the Arab world.  As a result of AWLI’s work, Lebanese women are taking greater leadership roles as campaign advisors working on recruiting candidates, conducting election-based trainings and mentoring other Lebanese women.  

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Libya

    Learn more about our work in Libya

    We began working in Libya in November 2012, a year after the revolution that deposed Muammar Gaddafi.  Since then, we have equipped Libyan youth with skills to advocate to their local elected officials, trained local councils on effective constituent outreach and worked to strengthen the capacity of municipal councils.  

    We support the political engagement of Libyan youth in democratic governance by providing them the necessary skills and opportunities to effectively communicate with local leaders to achieve common goals.  Our work has created a groundswell of youth advocacy and political participation throughout Libya, resulting in the creation of a monthly IRI-sponsored National Youth Network conference which brings together young activists from around the country to share experiences.

    Our work with municipal councils bridges the divide between communities and municipal elected officials while mitigating the effects of the population’s distrust of Libya’s fragile central government.  To support our work with local government, we work with the Ministry of Local Government to develop its own capacity to support nascent municipal councils.  Together, these ongoing efforts are critical to ensuring that average Libyan citizens see the benefits of democracy and continue to support the country’s difficult transition.

    Our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute, offers Libyan participants the skills needed to be effective leaders in their country and address policy challenges faced by women throughout the Arab world.

    In partnership with the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, our Arab Democracy Forums bring together civil society actors from Libya, Morocco and Yemen for workshops on citizen journalism, local democratic governance and civil society network building.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Morocco

    Learn more about our work in Morocco

    With Morocco’s first-ever regional elections expected as soon as mid-2015, we are working with political parties in Agadir, Guelmim and Marrakech to help them prepare for this important contest.  By building up regional offices with a focus on intra-party communication and organizational development, parties will be better prepared to campaign on issues that address the concerns of voters in their region. 

    We are also working with regional women’s and youth wings of the parties to help raise the stature of women and youth within their parties.  Our campaign schools, held across the country, are preparing candidates for regional and local elections.  And our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute is promoting Moroccan women through leadership training and networking opportunities with aspiring Arab women from around the region.   

    Our nationwide civic and voter education program is strengthening the country’s electoral process by informing citizens – specifically illiterate voters, women leaders in rural villages and young voters – how to register and vote, and how to participate as an active citizen once elections are over. 

    Looking beyond the elections to Morocco’s ongoing reform process, we will organize roundtables between marginalized youth, local leaders and elected officials to discuss pending reforms and debate how the reforms will affect them.  Our public opinion polls will identify priorities and measure the effectiveness of regional government while also working to build domestic survey research capacity. 

    In partnership with the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, our Arab Democracy Forums bring together civil society actors from Libya, Morocco and Yemen for workshops on citizen journalism, local democratic governance and civil society network building.

    Updated: 09/02/2014

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  • Oman

    Learn more about our work in Oman

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Oman, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Oman and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Pakistan

    Learn more about our work in Pakistan

    Since 2002, we have supported Pakistan’s democratic development by strengthening the country’s multi-party political systems at the national and provincial level, enhancing  democratic governance and encouraging women’s political participation.

    Conducting some of Pakistan’s most respected public opinion polling, we are helping political parties identify citizen priorities and providing parties and elected officials with information to respond to the demands of their constituents.  Through our Research Training Academy, we, along with the National Democratic Institute, host workshops for political party members on conducting scientifically-based public opinion research.  As a result, nine parties are now conducting their own polling in all four provinces of the country.  Our efforts have helped to increase citizen trust in survey research and are driving Pakistani politics to be more issue-driven

    Through our Young Democrats Academy, newly elected members of national and provincial assemblies are gaining skills needed to effectlvely represent citizens.  Our work helps parliamentarians and their parties become more issue-based, responsive and capable of offering credible policy solutions that address citizen concerns.  Our workshops on legislative research and drafting, internal and external communications and political party management assist party officials to more effectively and democratically develop policy platforms that demonstrate attention to citizens’ top concerns.

    We are also empowering women in Punjab with skills to conduct grassroots advocacy and serve as technical resources for their parties and increasing the capacity of members of the National Assembly from across Pakistan to fulfill their responsibilities in parliament and to strengthen their relationships with their constituents.

    Updated: 09/02/2014

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  • Qatar

    Learn more about our work in Qatar

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Qatar, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Qatar and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Saudi Arabia

    Learn more about our work in Saudi Arabia

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in Saudi Arabia, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Saudi Arabia and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    As a result of our work, women in Saudi Arabia are taking on greater leadership in their communities by providing training on civic participation and mentoring for other Saudi women.  

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Syria

    Learn more about our work in Syria

    Despite the terrible conditions brought about by the ongoing conflict in Syria, we are working to support the moderate, democratic activists standing in opposition to both the Assad regime and Islamist extremists.  We remain committed to strengthening Syria’s “moderate middle” by assisting opposition institutions such as the Interim Government, developing local governing bodies, increasing women’s representation and supporting youth activists. 

    Our work with moderate politicians and emerging parties helps them prepare for a future democratic political transition and improves capabilities to participate in the political process.  We also work with Syrian Interim Government officials to help them communicate effectively and with one voice across various ministries.

    Through our democratic governance program, we coordinate with local and provincial councilors in liberated parts of the country to improve channels of communication with their constituents.  Our program builds the democratic governance skills of these councilors to provide basic services and alleviate local problems in the midst of nation-wide violence and political upheaval.  To connect these local councilors with some of their most marginalized constituents, we hold exchanges between councilors and female civil society activists to discuss local challenges and solutions.

    Through our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), we work with Syrian women who aspire to attain leadership roles.  By building the capacity of women to serve their community and by connecting them to one another, WDN is developing a network of women leaders who are ready to serve as decision-makers during the current conflict, future transition and beyond.

    We also work to sustain moderate youth activists by supporting a network of rising youth leaders.  We encourage greater collaboration among Syrian student and youth groups while providing an overall framework under which these groups can organize.  The network plans public awareness campaigns inside the country to seek sustainable solutions to critical issues facing war-torn communities.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Tunisia

    Learn more about our work in Tunisia

    Since the January 2011 revolution that ended decades of one-party rule, we have helped promote Tunisia’s democratic transition by supporting a more responsive political process and promoting democratic governance throughout the region. 

    Combining timely public opinion research and tailored workshops in communications and outreach, we assist parties from across Tunisia’s political spectrum to develop issue-based platforms that are responsive to citizens’ concerns and engage voters. To ensure all citizens play an active role in shaping the future of their country we are focused on training prospective women and youth candidates to develop political platforms and conduct effective campaigns in the municipal and regional elections scheduled for March 2017.

    We promote direct engagement between citizens and government through civil society organizations, including our civil society network, Min Haqi Nsaalek (I Have the Right to Hold You Accountable).  These efforts leverage citizens’ collective voice, enabling them to better advocate for national and community-specific needs and promote government accountability. Through town halls we encourage government officials to meet regularly with constituents and to engage citizens in government planning, creating more responsive institutions that have the support of local communities. 

    Helping to foster greater integration of youth policy priorities into government decision making we are hosting a series of regional youth congresses and youth community engagement activities in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.  The Regional Congresses will be followed by a National Youth Congress in early 2017, at which Tunisia’s government plans to unveil its Youth 2030 strategy. With youth between the ages of 15 and 29 comprising 29 percent of the Tunisian population, it is imperative to increase youth engagement in the political process.

    Through our Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), Tunisian participants gained the skills to be effective leaders in their country and connected with a network of like-minded women from throughout the Arab world.  As a result of AWLI’s work, women in Tunisia are taking on greater leadership roles in campaigns and politics. 

    Our Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) partners with women ministers, members of political parties and civil society to encourage women to play a more active role in politics and governance.  Through WDN’s leadership academies, women learn globally tested strategies for recruitment, advocacy and citizen mobilization.  In December 2015, WDN officially launched a Tunisia country chapter, linking Tunisia’s members to a network of country chapters around the world that are empowering women to become leaders in their communities.  The country chapter is focused on preparing youth and women candidates for local elections, which are scheduled to take place in March 2017.    

    Updated: 08/10/2016

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Learn more about our work in United Arab Emirates

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in the United Arab Emirates, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in the UAE and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • West Bank/Gaza

    Learn more about our work in West Bank/Gaza

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute we are increasing women’s political participation in the West Bank and Gaza, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in the West Bank and Gaza and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Yemen

    Learn more about our work in Yemen

    In partnership with the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, our Arab Democracy Forums bring together civil society actors from Libya, Morocco and Yemen for workshops on citizen journalism, local democratic governance and civil society network building.

    Through our Jordan-based Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) we are increasing women’s political participation in Yemen, offering women in government and civil society the support, skills and mentorship necessary to foster increased participation in the public space.  Our programs focus on addressing relevant policy topics facing women in Yemen and offer participants the skills needed to be effective leaders, create relationships across borders and cultivate new and innovative ideas to address community challenges.

    AWLI-sponsored survey research is increasing the understanding of the perception of the role of women in Yemen.  Using results from this research, Yemeni AWLI members are able to address challenges facing greater women’s political participation and are able to promote a dialogue for change.

    Updated: 08/27/2014

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  • Western Sahara

    Learn more about our work in Western Sahara

    From our office in Rabat, we work to strengthen a multi-party political system in the region by helping Moroccan political parties improve intra-party communication and organizational development, and to campaign on issues that address the concerns of voters. We also work with women’s and youth wings of the parties by providing leadership and organizational skills that help raise their stature within their parties.

    Our campaign schools held in Guelmim and Tan Tan are preparing candidates for regional and local elections, helping them to understand voter concerns, develop campaign messages, and communicate with supporters. Our campaign workshops encourage women and youth to take advantage of recent changes in the legal framework that increase women and youth representation at every level of government.

    Our civic and voter education program is strengthening electoral processes by informing citizens – specifically illiterate voters, women leaders in rural villages and young voters – how to register and vote, and how to participate as an active citizen once elections are over.

     Updated 2/25/15

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