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Democracy that Delivers #107: Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia Outlines Gains in Anti-corruption Efforts in the Former Soviet Republic

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 04:27
When George Welton arrived in the Republic of Georgia 13 years ago, corruption was rampant in everyday life. Now the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, Welton has witnessed the dramatic decline of corruption in the … Continue reading →

Growing Afghanistan’s Economy Requires Providing Alternative Opportunities to Opium Cultivation

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:13
The past year in Afghanistan has been marked by a continued deterioration of political, economic, and security conditions. Analysts estimate that a full one-third of the country is under Taliban control or is contested between insurgent and government forces, while … Continue reading →

To Help Reform Work in Ukraine, LADU Looks at the Supply Side

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 23:55
Ukraine has no shortage of citizens who envision a better future for their country. They are the ones who led the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and continue to fight against corruption and for improved standards of living and freedom. Yet … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #106: New York Times Journalist David Barboza on China Corruption Scandal Totaling Billions

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 02:03
New York Times journalist, David Barboza, discusses how he uncovered a network of corruption by the Chinese prime minister’s family, in which billions of dollars in secret wealth were uncovered. But, the real lesson from his work is that the … Continue reading →

Xelajú Naranja: Unleashing the Power of Guatemalan Entrepreneurs

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:15
Despite being Central America’s largest economy, Guatemala suffers from high poverty levels, affecting rural areas in particular and leading to high levels of malnutrition and mother/childhood mortality rates, among other problems. With few to no job opportunities outside the capital … Continue reading →

IGF 2017 Recap: Why Open Internet Matters for Democracy

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:08
In snowy, cold mid-December, my colleagues and I found ourselves in Geneva, Switzerland attending the 12th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations-sponsored global multi-stakeholder forum on internet governance. This was the second time CIPE attended the conference (read … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #105: Increase of Corruption in China and Corrosive Capital in other Countries

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 04:58
Bribery and lack of transparency are major problems within China. Andrew Wedeman, a Chinese economic expert, says their government’s international economic investment model, in some instances, takes advantage of weak governance issues in some countries. Wedeman, a political science professor … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #102-104: Corrosive Capital? CIPE and the Helsinki Commission Look at the Impact of Russian Investments in Four Western Balkan Nations

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 04:33
Corrosive capital? New reports analyze the impact of Russian investments in four Western Balkan nations. Will the activities make countries more vulnerable to political and economic manipulation? Report authors recently testified before the U.S. Helsinki Commission and also went one-on-one … Continue reading →

Empowering Inclusive Civic Engagements through Tech-Enabled Approaches and Tools in Kenya

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 04:47
The enactment of the new Constitution in Kenya in 2010 was a historic moment for the country’s democratic development. At the heart of the new Constitution was devolution, creating 47 new county governments so that authorities can enhance the efficiency … Continue reading →