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April 28, 2016
Malala combined her passions, technology and helping women, to create GirlTech.
by Michelle Weisse Trueheart

Malala has two great passions: technology and helping women. When she came to the University of North Dakota (UND) through the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan, which IREX implements, she realized that she could combine those two passions into a career. A few short months later, the company GirlTech was born. "So much of the technology for women takes existing technology and makes it 'pink,'” says Malala. “But as women, we face very different issues than men, so we need technology that's built from our unique perspectives."

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April 22, 2016
Segbefia says Africa can promote ecotourism services to secure a greener future
by Neetha Tangirala

“Environmental degradation costs Ghana 10%, or $1.2 billion, of its annual GDP due to a lack of collective responsibility and greater environmental consciousness among young Ghanaians,” says JayJay Segbefia, an advocate for ecotourism and participant in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Segbefia says ecotourism is a sustainable way to address these challenges by promoting the development of natural resource management while strengthening local communities.


April 26, 2016
IREX measures the health of a country’s media sector using five criteria

Washington, DC, April 27, 2016 – When asked how the media serve their needs, Georgians, Moldovans, and Ukrainians highlighted the poor, politicized, and sensationalized reporting as major issues. IREX’s Media Sustainability Index 2016 (MSI) for Europe & Eurasia includes fresh consumer perspectives in addition to those of media professionals to produce these findings and more. See for the full text of the report.

April 18, 2016
The Challenge aims to increase the number of students who major in STEM fields

IREX is pleased to announce the launch of the World Smarts STEM Challenge, a virtual exchange initiative that pairs high schools in the United States and Ghana in a competition for the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) solutions to pressing global problems.Made possible with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, World Smarts STEM Challenge is a competition that pairs 10th- and 11th-grade teachers and students from Ghana and from the Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD areas to work together on gender-balanced, collaborative teams. 


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.