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NDI Study Mission: Nigeria

From March 16 to 24, 2013, NDI hosted a delegation of five members from Nigeria’s National Assembly, including one senator and four members of the House of Representatives. This group was chosen based on considerations of committee leadership and membership, seniority, regional and religious diversity, and gender parity. These reform-minded legislators were nominated from the three opposition parties in addition to the ruling party.

IRI Arab Women’s Leadership Institute: "Showcasing Good Governance Measures and Combating Corruption"

Program Description

From March 4-15, 2012, the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) in cooperation with the Institute for Representative Government (IRG), conducted a ten day study tour mission to the United States for five Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Middle East region representing the countries of Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.  The study tour focused on showcasing good governance measures in preventing and fighting corruption in the U.S. at the national, state and local level. The delegation observed how U.S.

NDI Study Mission: Kyrgyzstan

From January 27 to February 5, 2012, the National Democratic Institute (NDI or the Institute), in cooperation with the Institute for Representative Government (IRG), organized a study mission for a delegation of 10 members of parliament (MPs) from Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Democracy Committee. The delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland, where they met with members of the U.S. Congress, senior legislative staff, and other influential policymakers and civil society representatives. The exchange provided an opportunity for the MPs to examine the U.S.

IRG Welcomes the American Council of Young Political Leaders

IRG partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders to host a morning of panel discussions around the theme of legislative process and governance for international participants for a group of fellows from across the ASEAN region.

  • PANEL 1:  Running for United States Congress:  Opportunities and Challenges
  • PANEL 2:  Role and Responsibilities of Congressional Members: Serving Community and Country
  • PANEL 3:  The Broken Branch:  Partisan Gridlock in Congress

IRG board members and other former Members of Congress served as discussants in bipartisan pairs. U.S.

IRI Tunisia Study: Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

One of the key principles for any market that seeks to incentivize investment and entrepreneurship is feasibility. Markets with confusing, obstacle-ridden regulatory systems are their own greatest enemy. Not only do they confuse potential investors and business owners, but these complex mazes of regulation also limit upward mobility, and corrupt regimes can take advantage of their complexity to pick economic winners and losers.

NDI Parliamentary Exchange Program: Leadership in the Digital Economy

Among other issues, this exchange program explored ways in which parliamentarians can encourage and utilize the burgeoning use of technology to support economic growth, engage citizens, and conduct parliamentary business in an open and transparent manner.