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.
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.
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.
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