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Civil Society Strengthening

Civil society and media are critical to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies that are prosperous, and secure.

Since 1994, IREX has strengthened civil society to elevate citizen voice, foster accountability and promote good governance throughout Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. IREX’s approach to strengthening civil society embraces the following principles:

• Innovation – IREX uses flexible and forward-thinking approaches that respond to the needs of civil society partners.

• Inclusion – IREX employs a gender lens in all programming while prioritizing the inclusion of youth, persons with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized groups.

• Local Solutions – IREX recognizes the talent and capacity of civil society actors, whether at the national or grassroots level, and works with them to capitalize on their strengths in order to create real social change.