“The message l am trying to portray and bring across is that disability is not inability,” said Samantha Nyereyemhuka of Zimbabwe, or Sam for short, who is also one of 500 participants in this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. A disability advocate for more than a decade, Nyereyemhuka has made it her personal goal to ensure equal opportunities for the disabled--having worked with UNICEF as the Secretariat for Youth in Zimbabwe, helping to draft UNICEF’s National Plan for Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in 2003, and currently heading the Youth Board at King George VI Centre for children with disabilities in Zimbabwe, among other experiences.
It’s not news that Iraqi youth have few opportunities and even fewer choices. With little education and growing unemployment among their ranks, they are forced to choose between disparity and exclusion in the Iraqi State, or power and inclusion in the Islamic State; or so they’ve been told. But Samer Mobarak at the University of Baghdad is changing that narrative; offering youth a path of education and opportunity in Iraq’s economy.
IREX congratulates the four winners of the 4th annual Make a Better World Photo Contest! Out of submissions from around the globe, the judges found the winning photos were creative, technically sound, and representational of IREX’s international work in at least one of three main categories: Gender in the Middle East and North Africa, Media Development in Latin America, and Civil Society Strengthening in Africa.
POSTPONED - Join IREX and the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Human and Community Development Group for a roundtable that showcases experiences in the field that incorporated technology to solve communication, information, and learning needs in a variety of sectors. Key leaders in the ICTs for development space will share lessons learned on creating technology successes, with a focus specifically at the point of uptake by the user and how uptake can be enhanced. New date to be announced.
IREX is convening a conversation on turning the proceeds of corruption into financing for development. Experts and the audience will explore the potential to achieve real development impact if governments, civil society and other partners work together to return assets in ways that address national priorities, are fully transparent and accountable, and that rebuild trust, strengthen public services, and benefit those most affected by corruption.
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