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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 →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #84: Johanna Mendelson-Forman on Food Diplomacy

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 23:00
This week’s guest on Democracy that Delivers is food diplomacy expert Johanna Mendelson-Forman. She is an adjunct professor at American University and distinguished fellow with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center. Mendelson-Forman explains the little-known social benefits … Continue reading →

Promoting Government Transparency and Empowering Citizens through Open Data

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:11
As our lives become increasingly digitized, governments must respond to calls to make information available for public consumption on the Internet. Proponents of open data advocate for the release of information collected by governments in formats accessible to all citizens. … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #83: Jeffrey Smith on Political Change in Gambia

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 03:31
This week’s guest is Jeffrey Smith, executive director of Vanguard Africa, a startup nonprofit that provides campaign advice and public relations support to pro-democracy leaders in Africa. Smith aims to bring the international spotlight to Gambia, which is recovering from … Continue reading →

Private Sector Plays Crucial Role in Improving Public Services in Arab Nations

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 23:03
When governments have exclusive control over the provision of goods and services, citizens are trapped without an alternative. Because the state monopolizes the entire market, there is no competition to ensure fair prices, sufficient quality, and satisfactory customer service. Taxpayer … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #82: Karim Shaaban on Economic Growth in Local Communities in Jordan

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 00:36
This week’s guest on CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast is Karim Shaaban, CIPE’s program director in Jordan. In this podcast, Shaaban discusses the positive effects that CIPE and the USAID Jordan Local Enterprise Support (LENS) Project have had on economic … Continue reading →

Associations Play an Important Role in Improving Ukraine’s Business Climate

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 23:04
By Nataliya Zhuhay and Caroline Elkin As in any state ruled by law, local government officials in Ukraine are obligated to work within the framework of existing laws when developing regulations. But in practice, the regulations they create often act … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #81: Vaqar Ahmed on Growth in Pakistan’s Private Sector

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:01
This week’s guest on CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast is Vaqar Ahmed, Ph.D. Ahmed is deputy executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In this podcast, Ahmed discusses CIPE’s partnership with … Continue reading →

Uniting to Achieve a Common Goal: Advocating for Economic Reform in Algeria

CIPE - Feed - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:04
Algeria is a country in dire need of economic reform. As global oil prices have dropped and the dinar has depreciated, Algeria’s export revenues have been cut in half, and the state deficit has risen rapidly. Unemployment continues to go … Continue reading →

Mobile App Gives Investors Instant Access to Corporate Governance Information

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:02
The recently launched Elapedia app gives investors around the world instant access to corporate governance practices at 100 publically listed companies in the four Pacific Alliance countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru). The free Spanish-language app, which relies on publically … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #80: Manzoor Ahmad on Economic and Infrastructure Growth in Pakistan

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 23:00
This week on CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, Manzoor Ahmad, Ph.D., discusses economic and infrastructure growth in Pakistan. Ahmad is president of the PRIME Institute and a senior fellow with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. … Continue reading →

Confronting Corruption in Asia’s New Democracies

CIPE - Feed - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:32
Corruption is detrimental to countries’ economies because it leads to reduced productivity, high unemployment, and poverty. In addition to the economic cost, corruption corrodes democracies by weakening citizens’ confidence in their governments. This distrust and disenfranchisement can drive people to … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #79 Masoom Sibtain on Women’s Chamber of Commerce in South Asia

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 23:31
This week on CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, Masooma Sibtain, president of the South Punjab Women’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SPWCCI) in Pakistan, discusses the current state of women entrepreneurs in South Asia. Born and raised in Pakistan, Sibtain … Continue reading →

Democratic Backsliding in Bulgaria

CIPE - Feed - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 21:12
The Institute for Market Economics (IME), an independent economic policy think tank in Bulgaria, has sought to define the main challenges to democracy, investigating their roots and identifying possible solutions. In addition to its research, IME recently conducted two surveys. … Continue reading →

Improving Afghanistan’s Economy from the Bottom Up

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 22:03
CIPE and the local Afghan business community teamed up to develop an initiative that is helping to spur economic growth and create jobs in the provinces. Driven entirely by the provincial business communities in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balk, and Herat, CIPE’s … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #78 Omowumi Gbadamosi on Economic and Democratic Progress in Nigeria

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 23:18
This week on CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, CIPE’s Country Director in Nigeria, Omowumi Gbadamosi, discusses economic and democratic progress in Nigeria. Gbadamosi began her career with CIPE in 1988, and the most dramatic change she has seen in the … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #77 Thida Khus on Democratization in Cambodia

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:00
Thida Khus is the founder and executive director of Silaka, a non-profit organization in Cambodia. Khus and her family migrated to the United States in 1979 to flee the Khmer Rouge regime. From 1993 to1996, she organized 80 Cambodian-Americans to … Continue reading →

Removing Barriers to Investment in Ukraine

CIPE - Feed - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 01:32
By Eric Hontz and Kathryn Walson Three years after Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, a centralized, oligarchic power structure has once again taken hold. This has made it challenging to keep the business environment in Ukraine friendly to western investment, as … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #76: Christina Bain on the Role Business and Entrepreneurship Play in Combatting Human Trafficking

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:16
Christina Bain, director of the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Babson College in Massachusetts, discusses the role of business and entrepreneurship in combatting human trafficking. As a college professor, Bain teaches her students about the types of … Continue reading →