Stories of IREX

Elevating Youth Voices on the Syrian Conflict

As a director, producer, and musician, Marco Ayoubi usually stays behind the scenes. Originally from Damascus, the young Syrian was forced to leave his country to escape the ongoing conflict and make a new life in Istanbul.

Connecting Refugees in Jordan with Quality Education

More than a third of all Syrian refugee children in Jordan remain out of school, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and many others struggle to complete their education because of psychological trauma, financial pressures to work,

Promoting Safety and Property Rights for Women in Sierra Leone

“Over the years, women have been economically dependent, they have been discriminated against, and a lot of issues are stacked against women because we don’t see a lot of women advocating for women,” says Martin George, a Community Solutions Prog

Expanding Technology Access to Vulnerable Populations in Kazakhstan

For the past five years, IREX’s Tech Age Society (TAS) program had been known for its work in bringing technology trainings and technical support services to individuals in Kazakhst

How Entrepreneurs are Advancing Dairy Farming in Pakistan

“Pakistan is one of the top five providers of milk in the world, but the average cow in Pakistan produces three times less milk than the cows in Europe and other countries,” says Usman, a 2014 alumnus of the

Higher Education Could Support Kurdistan’s Economic Recovery

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.

Identifying Barriers for Women in the Workforce in Jordan

Jordanian institutions and individuals across all sectors are advocating for increased opportunities and support for women in Jordan, reaffirming the sentiment of Queen Rania that, “the more our societies empower women, the more we r

Cultivating Leaders to Strengthen Civil Society in Brazil

Across the globe, civil society plays an important role in keeping governments accountable, providing services to underserved populations, and giving communities a voice in their own future.
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