Washington, D.C.—Generation Democracy, the International Republican Institute’s program to build the next generation of democratic leaders, is gaining ground with 46 new youth groups signing on as members since its launch in October 2015. The global youth network now has more than 270 member organizations spanning 75 countries around the world.
“Youth are a critical component to any successful democracy and their voices must be heard and valued in their cities, communities and their countries,” said Ambassador Mark Green, president of IRI. “Generation Democracy and IRI are working hard to bring these various youth groups together to help give them the resources and the means to be part of the governing process.”
Funded through a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy, Generation Democracy links youth to their peers in other countries to share ideas and best practices through conferences, workshops, direct consultation and access to resources from IRI’s most successful youth programs around the globe.
Some of the newest Generation Democracy member groups include the Interparty Youth Platform of Uganda, which represents the youth demographic in eight different political parties, the Next Generation Nigeria Summit, which focuses on economic issues and organizes numerous Nigerian youth groups, and Jovenes Contra La Violencia of Honduras, which is working to reduce gang and youth violence.Top