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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 →

Democracy that Delivers #75: Mark Oxley and Henry LaGue On Economic Progress in Zimbabwe

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 22:59
Henry LaGue sits down in the field with Mark Oxley, a CIPE consultant in Zimbabwe. Oxley explains how he became involved with the country’s National Chamber of Commerce and CIPE, and he discusses the economic challenges facing Zimbabwe. Specifically, the … Continue reading →

Women Entrepreneurs in South Asia are Critical to the Region’s Economic Growth

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 02:04
Healthy, vibrant democracies must deliver for all of their citizens. Women’s full economic participation, control over their financial circumstances, and greater decision-making power are essential to building gender-equitable political and economic systems. Moreover, it has been shown that women’s economic … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #74: Mauro DaCunha on the Democratization of Capital in Brazil

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 03:36
Mauro DaCunha, the chief executive officer of Brazil’s AMEC (Capital Market Investors Association), discusses the importance of democratization of capital in Brazil. DaCunha credits CIPE’s partnership with Brazil with increasing public awareness of capital markets and its correlation with economic … Continue reading →

How Good Governance Got a Bad Name – and Why Governance Still Matters

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:08
At CIPE, we’re accustomed to examining problems of democratic and economic development through a governance lens. We wonder how entrepreneurs can possibly succeed when the policy and regulatory environment is stacked against them. We wonder how good policy and regulation … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #73: Majdi Hassen on Economic Reform Initiatives in Tunisia

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 01:37
On this week’s Democracy the Delivers podcast, Institut arabe des chefs d’entreprises (IACE) Executive Director Majdi Hassen talks with CIPE’s Anna Kompanek about the economic reform initiatives his organization is undertaking in Tunisia. IACE is an independent, non-profit think tank … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #72: Randa Al-Zoghbi on the launch of finance app Tamweely

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:03
In this episode of the Democracy that Delivers podcast, podcast guest Randa Al-Zoghbi, CIPE’s Program Director in Egypt, discussed the release of their new app, Tamweely, in partnership with the World Bank. The app is designed to connect financiers to small businesses … Continue reading →

President Reagan’s Call for a Campaign for Democracy Still Applies Today

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 21:40
When President Reagan delivered his Westminster address to Members of the British Parliament 35 years ago today, he predicted the downfall of the Soviet Union and called for a campaign to support democracy around the globe. What Reagan could not have predicted when he made that famous speech was that his campaign to support democracy would be as needed in 2017 as it was in 1982. Continue reading...

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #71: Joshua Muwanguzi and Derrick Magoola Discuss How Entrepreneurship Changes Lives

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 02:01
On a recent trip to Uganda, Henry LaGue, CIPE Program Officer for Africa, and Ryan Musser, CIPE Assistant Program Officer for Africa, sat down with two CIPE-supported entrepreneurship club graduates to discuss how the skills they learned through the club has … Continue reading →