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Insights for Global Entrepreneurship Week: The Connection Between Entrepreneurship and Democracy

CIPE - Feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:00
When business owners are given the freedom to innovate and support to get started, they launch companies that create jobs, provide needed goods or services, and fuel economies. In CIPE’s latest feature service article, Director of Knowledge Management Kim Eric … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #93: Rezani Aziz on Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:41
In 1988, Rezani Aziz joined the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka to network with other business women. Almost three decades later, she’s now the founder of the Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations in Sri Lanka (FWEASL) … Continue reading →

Supporting Colombia’s Peace Process: Monitoring Economic Regulation and Transparency in the Use of Post-Conflict Resources

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:00
Introduction by Tim Ridout: Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made headlines throughout 2016 as it was in the final stretch of negotiations and eventual adoption on November 30, 2016. Although … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #92: Former US Ambassador Pifer Discusses the Evolution of Ukraine from Former Soviet Republic to a Democratic State

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:00
In this week’s podcast, Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former Ambassador to Ukraine, guides the listener through the development of U.S. diplomatic relations with Ukraine following the breakup of the Soviet Union through the present. … Continue reading →

Ghana’s Growing Pains: Young People’s Economic Priorities Differ from Government’s Plans

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 23:41
Ghana’s millennial generation wants a change to the status quo, and with 57 percent of the country’s population under the age of 25, it is time for leaders to take note. The new government hopes that strengthening the agriculture sector … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #91: Hudson Hollister on how Open Data Supports Accountability and Business Opportunities

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 02:58
Hudson Hollister quit his congressional job in 2012 and used his retirement savings  to found The Data Coalition.  His mission: to make U.S. government spending information more transparent and publicly available.  The Data Coalition successfully pushed for new laws requiring … Continue reading →

Subsidy Systems in MENA Nations Need Reform

CIPE - Feed - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 23:00
The subsidy systems in some Middle East and North African (MENA) nations need an overhaul. In countries such as Lebanon and Egypt, poorly structured subsidies exacerbate extant problems caused by high fiscal deficits, growing populations, and unmet citizen expectations. At … Continue reading →

How Mobile Surveys are Democratizing Data Collection in Africa

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 22:59
Mobile networks are revamping African infrastructure. While increasing connectivity is creating opportunities for economic growth and social inclusion, the digital economy will be hard-pressed to deliver on these opportunities through connectivity alone. Businesses and governments need access to information about … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #90: Frank Vogl on Confronting Corruption in the Private Sector

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:16
Businesses that take on corruption and pursue a path of integrity can come out ahead financially, says Frank Vogl, anti-corruption expert and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. During the podcast, Vogl explains how corruption can hurt a company’s bottom line. … Continue reading →

Colombia’s Peace Accord Opens Door to Responsible Investment

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:47
By Jaime Artega Colombia has had significant achievements despite being home to one of the longest-running internal conflicts in the world. The country’s economy has grown steadily for several decades, without significant fluctuations or crises, while maintaining a low inflation … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #89: Jaime Arteaga on the Importance of the Private Sector in Colombia’s Peace Process

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21
This week’s podcast guest is Jaime Arteaga, general director of JA&A, a Colombia-based consulting firm. Arteaga discusses the importance and role of civil societies and the private sector in Colombia’s peace process. In the podcast, Arteaga provides a history of … Continue reading →

Democratic and Market Values Face Obstacles in Poland

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:33
After the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Poland became a poster child for democratic and market-oriented transition. While the necessary reforms were difficult and often painful to the average citizen, they did deliver political freedoms and rapid … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #88: Group 484 on Refugees in Serbia

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:34
This week’s podcast features Vladimir Petronijevic, executive director, and Miroslava Jelacic, legal analyst, with Group 484—a nonprofit organization founded in Serbia in 1995 to support 484 refugee families. Working with migrants, local communities, and the government, Group 484 has assisted … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #87: Imtiaz Gul on the Role of Civil Society and the Private Sector in Pakistan

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:07
This week’s podcast guest is Imtiaz Gul, founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), a Pakistan-based think tank. In the podcast, Gul discusses the role that the business community and civil society can play … Continue reading →

The Local Private Sector is Vital to Peacebuilding and Reconstruction

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:01
By Morgan Frost and Pamela Beecroft CIPE works with partners in a number of conflict-affected contexts around the world. While political, security and humanitarian issues typically draw the most attention, CIPE has found there are major benefits to working with … Continue reading →

Women’s Business Resource Center Helps Women Entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea Succeed Against the Odds

CIPE - Feed - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 23:01
Women in Papua New Guinea face distressing obstacles to achieving leadership roles in business, politics, their communities, and their families. Two-thirds of women there are victims of domestic violence, according to reports. Women and girls are frequently treated like property, … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #86: Daniel O’Maley and Sarah Moulton on the Importance of Open Internet

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:00
This week’s podcast guests discuss the relationship between a thriving democracy and an open and accessible internet. O’Maley is associate editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and Sarah Moulton is a senior manager of technology and innovation … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #85: Hans-Joachim Hogrefe on Refugees and Economic Growth

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:00
This week’s guest is Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, director of policy and advocacy at Refugees International, a nonprofit organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people. Hogrefe was a panelist at CIPE’s LIFE (Livelihood Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship) project … Continue reading →

Open Internet Principles for Democracy: Stand Up for Free Online Speech in the Face of Oppressive Governments

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 22:57
Over the last two decades, the internet has profoundly changed how societies operate. People around the world now access and share information at an unprecedented rate. The business community, in particular, has used the internet to increase innovation and productivity, … Continue reading →

A Call for Democratic Re-engagement

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 23:02
Every year on September 15, the United Nations’ International Day of Democracy offers an opportunity to reflect on the state of democracy and the challenges facing it. This year’s theme spotlights the need to strengthen democratic institutions against a backdrop … Continue reading →