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May 26, 2016
Kurdistan region, wikimedia
by Lori Mason

This article was previously published on Al-Fanar Media.

Political deadlock, a worsening economic crisis fueled by falling oil prices, refugees, and Daesh—much of the recent news from Iraqi Kurdistan swirls around these pressing issues. Disenfranchisement and frustration over the current situation in Kurdistan are exacerbated by allegations of rampant government corruption, prompting protests and boycotts across a region once hailed as a success story following the war in 2003...

To better understand the development needs of industry in Kurdistan, IREX's Iraq University Linkages Program recently surveyed over 130 companies from eight sectors, asking industry representatives to cite specific changes needed to support economic growth.

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May 13, 2016
Mandela Washington Fellow Hope Mwanake

As part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Hope received a 2014 U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) grant which provided her with $25,000 in seed capital and technical support to expand her business venture. Hope also showcased an Eco-Tile prototype at the Mandela Washington Fellowship East Africa Regional Conference in Kenya, which connected her with potential investors and mentors who could help grow her business.


May 25, 2016
Over 160 young leaders from 21 West African countries gathered in Accra, Ghana

Over 160 young leaders from 21 West African countries gathered in Accra, Ghana, to share their expertise and engage on critical issues for the future of Africa.  In support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, USAID and IREX organized the West Africa Regional Conference for the Fellows in Accra from May 19 – 21, 2016. The Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs, public servants, and community activists who are creating positive change in their communities.

May 11, 2016
PULSE will strengthen local governance in Ukraine

IREX is pleased to announce its partnership with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) to implement the Policy for Ukraine Local Self-Governance (PULSE) program. PULSE will strengthen local governance, deepen democracy, improve conditions for community development, and promote political and economic stability in Ukraine. Under the leadership of the AUC, IREX joins forces with the Ukrainian Association of Rayon and Oblast Councils (UAROC) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) to support the Government of Ukraine’s efforts to adopt and implement a sound decentralization policy.  


April 14, 2016
Recommendations for Effective Citizen Engagement in the Decentralization Reforms

Ukraine has been undergoing major shifts in the political landscape over the last two years including the initiation and roll out of the intertwined processes of administrative amalgamation and decentralization. The efforts to push forward the reforms have many real and perceived obstacles associated with optimization of public institutions and transfer or responsibility for their financing to local budgets. The research carried out by IREX indicates that there are significant information gaps about the reforms, including specific knowledge of how decentralization will impact communities and awareness of how citizens can engage in the decentralization reform process, among others. In addition to information gaps, the PEA also identified potential supporters and spoilers for the reforms.