Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in a new era of democratic development, we’ve seen both remarkable gains and disappointing setbacks for democracy worldwide.
Courageous citizens around the world are pushing back against endemic corruption and aggressive authoritarian influence campaigns to realize the promise of democracy in their countries.
IRI is at the forefront of efforts both to empower citizens to build strong democracies and to counter authoritarian influence.
Young people are at the front line of this fight. For more than 35 years, IRI has helped young people to fight for political freedom and build democratic institutions in countries ravaged by authoritarianism. We know that the campaign for democracy isn’t over, and that its survival hinges upon the engagement of the next generation of leaders. IRI is supporting young people in their efforts to create more democratic societies and protect the hard-won gains of the Berlin Wall freedom fighters.