Democracy and IRI

Every person wants the ability to control his or her own destiny.  No one desires a society in which their political rights are restricted, and people have a limited say in the direction of their country.  They want to be citizens, not subjects.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where many governments abuse their power and assert total control.  Others are in the middle of a democratic transition and seek the establishment of a representative government.

At IRI, we understand that advancing democracy worldwide is about empowering individuals on a personal level.  Once people can raise their voices without fear, and participate in a free and fair political process, they will finally have the tools they need to build a democratic destiny in the country they call home

Technical areasWhat We Do

Our experts in Washington, DC and in the field, work with a variety of local partners, civil society leaders, journalists, policymakers, and more, to provide the expertise and skills that can pave the road to a democratic future. Below are 12 key technical areas that IRI focuses on in support of laying a strong foundation for good governance and an open political system acquires its power from the people it serves.

IRI Around the worldWhere We Work

From Ethiopia to Ukraine to Guatemala, in dozens of countries around the world, IRI works to support democracy, political inclusion, multi-party political systems and a free exchange of ideas. 

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