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Meet the 2016 Photo Competition Winner

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:08
CIPE is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Photo Competition! The theme of the 2016 competition was highlighting creative and inspiring visuals that demonstrate democratic leadership or individuals advocating for democratic values and reform. CIPE received 36 submissions … Continue reading →

Democratic and Economic Development in the Digital Era

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 22:53
In the last decade, new information and communications technologies (ICTs) have become less expensive and more accessible for people around the world. According to the International Telecommunications Union, more than 3 billion people (nearly 47 percent of all the people … Continue reading →

Democracy That Delivers Podcast #65: Nikiru Joy Okpala on How Business Associations Empower Women in Nigeria

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 01:04
On this week’s Democracy That Delivers podcast, National Coordinator of the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network, Nikiru Joy Okpala, talks about how she went from being a young lawyer interested in women’s issues to working in the field of … Continue reading →

Strengthening the Capacity of an Albanian Business Coalition in Policy Advocacy

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:33
A CIPE partner in Albania, Center for Economic Research (ACER), recently had a great reason to celebrate: their efforts to have Albania’s tourism VAT decreased had finally been successful. This outcome was the result of and the national tax administration … Continue reading →

Democracy That Delivers Podcast #64: Floreta Faber on How Leading a Business Association is Good Preparation for Being an Ambassador

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 02:28
On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, Ambassador of the Republic of Albania, Floreta Faber, discusses her previous role as head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania and how she built the institution into one of the strongest … Continue reading →

A Perestroika for Belarus?

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 21:51
Seven years ago a blog with this title would seem ridiculous. In the aftermath of the 2010 elections, President Lukashenko had several opposition members imprisoned, had others harassed, and cracked down hard on demonstrators. Five years earlier, Secretary of State … Continue reading →

Democracy That Delivers Podcast #63: Christian Caryl on the Challenges Facing Democracy Around the World

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 23:32
On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, editor of the Washington Post’s DemocracyPost blog, Christian Caryl, discusses the challenges facing democracy around the world and whether we are at a major inflection point in history. He talks about the current … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #62: Ayesha Bilal on Encouraging Transparent Policymaking in Pakistan

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 00:33
On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, Ayesha Bilal, Chief Operating Officer of Pakistani think tank PRIME (Policy Research Institute of the Market Economy), discusses PRIME’s work encouraging citizen involvement in public policymaking in Pakistan. She talks about PRIME’s highly … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #61: Sonia Jorge and Craig Fagan on Expanding Internet Participation for Economic Prosperity

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:01
This week on the Democracy that Delivers podcast, Craig Fagan, policy director of the World Wide Web Foundation and Sonia Jorge, the executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Internet, discusses how over 60 percent of the world is still … Continue reading →

Ten Top Trends to Watch in Development Monitoring and Evaluation in 2017

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:53
If development evaluation is at an inflection point, what are the drivers that would enable this turning point?  There are ten top trends in development evaluation emerging in 2017 that — if widely adopted — indeed promise to revolutionize how … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #60: Martha Boudreau on the Importance of Messaging and Branding in the Non-Profit World

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:33
This week on the Democracy that Delivers podcast, AARP Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Martha Boudreau discusses the importance of messaging and branding in the world of non-profits. A CIPE board member and top communications strategist in the DC area, … Continue reading →

M&E, Technology, and $2,000 Smartphones in Argentina

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:23
This article originally appeared on  By Alexandra Tyers Last week, I was in Rosario, Argentina with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and their partner in Argentina, Fundacion Libertad. I was there delivering a two-day training workshop on … Continue reading →

Transformational Leadership Wanted

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:51
In today’s world of polarized politics, divisions within societies struggling with the history of divisions feel particularly deep. Countries emerging from conflict, such as Colombia or South Sudan, are striving to make progress toward non-violence and reconciliation. Even in peaceful, … Continue reading →

Democracy That Delivers Podcast #59: Selima Ahmad on How Women’s Economic Empowerment Leads to Democratic Participation

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 00:00
Founder and President of the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) Selima Ahmad returns to the Democracy that Delivers podcast to talk about helping women move beyond micro-enterprise to larger businesses. She also discusses how when women become … Continue reading →

Women Head More than a Quarter of Refugee Households. What’s Next for Them?

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 23:13
I am their father. I am their mother. I am everything to them.  Each year on March 8, the world observes International Women’s Day, a day to recognize both how far we as a global community have come, and also … Continue reading →

Trail Blazing in Sri Lanka: the Sri Lanka Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 21:20
Women represent 51.58 percent of the population of Sri Lanka, according to official data published by the Department of Census and Statistics in 2016. However, their participation in the economy remains low. Women make up only 36.5 percent of the 8. … Continue reading →

Democracy That Delivers Podcast #58: Eli Webb on the Challenges Women Face in Papua New Guinea

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:33
On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, CIPE Country Coordinator for Papua New Guinea Eli Webb discusses the challenges women face in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the work being done to empower women from all levels of society. Webb … Continue reading →

Harnessing the Power of the Digital Economy to Achieve Global Development Goals

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 21:33
      This piece originally appeared in the WIIT Communique.  The invention of the telegraph was seen as“completely revolutionizing existing modes of doing business; for when telegraphic lines become extended, and its transmitting powers vastly improve, as they doubtless … Continue reading →

Defending Liberal Democracy in Emerging Markets

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 01:13
Following a wave of global democratization, over the last decade democracies in emerging markets have been tested from above and below. In countries previously seen as successes, citizens are frustrated by economic stagnation and dislocation, dissatisfied with underperforming governments, and … Continue reading →

Economic Reform Feature Service Article: Development Evaluation at a Key Inflection Point

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 21:43
                  An inflection point is a turning point.  Recent developments promise such a turning point for international development and development evaluation.  What would make this turning point catalytic is if it can … Continue reading →