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Closing Governance Gaps to Promote Resilient Economies in the Balkans

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:38
Over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of capital moving from a number of authoritarian countries into emerging democracies. While in some cases this might represent wholly legitimate investment, often authoritarian governments are specifically seeking to direct the … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #99: Long-time CIPE Partner Jaroslav Romanchuk Discusses Evolution of Economic System in Belarus

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:03
On this week’s podcast, Belarussian economist Jaroslav Romanchuk discusses important reforms taking place in his home country, which has maintained many Soviet Union ideologies. Romanchuk, Executive Director for Analytical Center “Strategy,” provides a history on the country’s move from a … Continue reading →

Reforms are Needed to Help Turkish Women Gain a Greater Foothold in Politics and the Workforce

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:20
In the past several decades, Turkish women have made important strides toward gender equality. Near-equal numbers of girls and boys now receive primary education, virtually closing the education gap. Women hold approximately half of all academic positions and comprise a … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #98: How Countries Can Overcome Challenges to Enforcing Anti-Corruption Laws

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 05:07
OECD’s Drago Kos says passing anti-corruption laws is much easier than enforcing them in most countries. Kos, who chairs the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery, is the guest of this week’s podcast and discusses the difficulties many nations face when … Continue reading →

Bridging the Gap in Access to Justice: Lessons learned from Afghanistan’s Paktika Province

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:27
Despite substantial efforts by coalition forces and international donors to strengthen Afghanistan’s formal justice sector, many Afghans remain unaware or highly suspicious of the formal system. The system is considered highly corrupt, with decisions often made in the favor of … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #97: Reform Measures and the Role of Civil Society in Poland

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:26
What is the likely role of civil society in Poland amid calls for more policy changes and justice reforms? In this week’s podcast, Civil Development Forum Vice President, Marek Tatala shares his take and explains how CDF is using technology … Continue reading →

Bringing New Ideas and the Local Private Sector Voice to International Discussions

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 22:08
On December 18-22, 2017, CIPE will be speaking at the upcoming UN Internet Governance Forum, a multi-stakeholder conference that promotes dialogue on varying internet policies at the international level. CIPE will be providing a unique view to the international forum, … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #96: Citizens Stand to Benefit from Improving the Way the Indonesian Government Buys Goods and Services

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:00
Public procurement—when governments purchase goods and services —directly affects drinking water, healthcare, roads, and many other aspects of citizens’ day-to-day lives. Good public procurement saves tax dollars, while weak public procurement drains governments’ coffers. According to Millennium Challenge Corporation, about … Continue reading →

SMEs: the Intersection of Economic Development and Democratization

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:03
Because small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are measured according to the size and level of development in a particular country, the definition of an SME varies from country to country. This is one of the main reasons that SME research … Continue reading →

Safeguarding Democracy and Free Markets in Southeast Asia

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:30
Some Southeast Asian countries are plagued by pessimistic views of democracy, as the system of transparent elections and/or government accountability are severely lacking in certain contexts. In determining how to bolster democracy in places where it faces many threats, it … Continue reading →

The Dilemma of Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in Sudan

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:12
Decades of conflict, civil war, and the secession of South Sudan in 2011, combined with the slump in global oil prices, have had a profound effect on Sudan’s economy and developmental progress. As the country attempts to emerge from conflict … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #95: Cadasta’s Frank Pichel Explains How Land Rights Impact Modern Economies

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:40
It is estimated that more than 70 percent of land in emerging economies is held informally, meaning without proper documentation. In this new podcast, Cadasta Foundation  Interim CEO Frank Pichel explains the vital role of land rights within modern economies … Continue reading →

The LIFE Project, Serving up Economic Opportunities in the Food Sector

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 00:03
Strolling through the streets of Fatih, it becomes clear just how many Syrians have relocated to Istanbul, Turkey. The transformed neighborhood—home to the government’s immigration office—has dozens of Syrian shops, which draw refugees looking for a taste of home and … Continue reading →

Will a Federal Form of Government Succeed in South Asia’s Newest Democracy?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:00
This is a critical moment in Nepal’s democratic consolidation. More than a decade ago, Nepal’s political parties agreed to change the country’s unitary system of government to a federal system. After years of political discord and bureaucratic stasis, Nepal’s Constituent … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #94: Manizha Wafeq on Trailblazing the Creation of Afghanistan’s First Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:26
Manizha Wafeq, a founder of the Afghanistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI), discusses the groundbreaking formation of the country’s first women’s chamber of commerce. In 2014, a group of Afghan businesswomen, known as the Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan’s … Continue reading →

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

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

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

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

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

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 →