Headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About the organisation

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world – where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive.  We focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities, and create people-to-people bridges between nations.

With an annual portfolio of $80 million and 400 staff worldwide, IREX works with partners in more than 120 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

Focus areas

Quality education, independent media, strong communities, conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, youth, and more.

Active in

Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza, and beyond.

Updates and resources

IREX Impact Report 2018

Learn to Discern – Schools is equipping the next generation of Ukrainian media consumers with the critical thinking and information consumption skills they need to detect and build resilience against misinformation, propaganda, and other forms of manipulation. The project brings IREX’s proven media and information literacy skill-building methodology to Ukrainian secondary schools through a transformative pilot initiative that is set to expand to 650 schools across each of Ukraine’s 24 oblasts by September 2021. The project works with Ukraine’s ministry of education and science and an array of education sector stakeholders to develop instructional guidance and teacher materials for integration into existing school subjects and curricula.

SAFE (Securing Access to Free Expression) is IREX’s flagship effort to enable media practitioners and social communicators to work as safely as possible in closed and closing spaces. SAFE equips these individuals with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face in their day-to-day work. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psycho-social care by delivering training in four regions spanning the globe.

Strengthening Media Systems (SMS) works to improve the legislative, regulatory, and economic environment for Serbia’s media in order to provide Serbian citizens with the information they need to engage in informed citizenship and hold their government accountable. The project supports the development of a broader, more cohesive, and more effective network for media support and reform to ensure that Serbian media continue to adapt to changes in evolving political, technological, and economic environment.

Through a four-year partnership with USAID, IREX’s Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka (MEND) program will improve citizens’ access to balanced, reliable, and objective news and information Sri Lanka. It also supports the country’s efforts to solidify recent advances in media freedom and democratic governance.

The Mozambique Media Strengthening Program (MSP) supports Mozambican professional and community journalists and their media platforms to provide high quality information to citizens and promote accountability and development.

The Ukraine Media Partnership Program and Georgian Media Partnership Program develop the Ukrainian and Georgian media sectors’ professionalism and sustainability by creating and fostering long-term professional relationships between U.S. and Ukrainian and Georgian media outlets via exchanges and individual consulting. Partnerships have focused on improving the quality of journalism, strengthening websites, and building stronger business management practices.

Team members

Michael Mirny, Director, Information and Media Practice

Katya Vogt, Senior Advisor for Bilateral Partnerships

Tara Susman-Peña, Senior Technical Advisor

Mehri Druckman, IREX Ukraine Country Director

Jacob Jaffe, Program Officer