International Research & Exchanges Board
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2008)|
|Key people||W. Robert Pearson (President)|
|Focus(es)||education, independent media, civil society|
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
IREX designs education programs and provides consulting that support lifelong learning. Programs focus on primary and secondary levels, through higher education, and continuing into professional training.
IREX media projects work with local partners to advance the professionalism and long-term economic sustainability of newspapers, radio, television, and new media. Working in transitional, conflict and post-conflict, and repressive environments, IREX uses specialized training, tailored consulting, and small grants to build skills for balanced, investigative reporting, better media management, and advocacy for press freedom.
IREX civil society development projects adapt to meet the local needs of a community, integrating targeted activities for underrepresented populations, including youth, women, ethnic minorities, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and people with disabilities.
Since 2002 IREX administers the US State Department's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), and since 2004 its Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program.
- IREX, history