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Democracy that Delivers #89: Jaime Arteaga on the Importance of the Private Sector in Colombia’s Peace Process

CIPE - Feed - 1 hour 53 min ago
This week’s podcast guest is Jaime Arteaga, general director of JA&A, a Colombia-based consulting firm. Arteaga discusses the importance and role of civil societies and the private sector in Colombia’s peace process. In the podcast, Arteaga provides a history of … Continue reading →

Democratic and Market Values Face Obstacles in Poland

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:33
After the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Poland became a poster child for democratic and market-oriented transition. While the necessary reforms were difficult and often painful to the average citizen, they did deliver political freedoms and rapid … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #88: Group 484 on Refugees in Serbia

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:34
This week’s podcast features Vladimir Petronijevic, executive director, and Miroslava Jelacic, legal analyst, with Group 484—a nonprofit organization founded in Serbia in 1995 to support 484 refugee families. Working with migrants, local communities, and the government, Group 484 has assisted … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #87: Imtiaz Gul on the Role of Civil Society and the Private Sector in Pakistan

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:07
This week’s podcast guest is Imtiaz Gul, founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), a Pakistan-based think tank. In the podcast, Gul discusses the role that the business community and civil society can play … Continue reading →

The Local Private Sector is Vital to Peacebuilding and Reconstruction

CIPE - Feed - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:01
By Morgan Frost and Pamela Beecroft CIPE works with partners in a number of conflict-affected contexts around the world. While political, security and humanitarian issues typically draw the most attention, CIPE has found there are major benefits to working with … Continue reading →

Women’s Business Resource Center Helps Women Entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea Succeed Against the Odds

CIPE - Feed - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 23:01
Women in Papua New Guinea face distressing obstacles to achieving leadership roles in business, politics, their communities, and their families. Two-thirds of women there are victims of domestic violence, according to reports. Women and girls are frequently treated like property, … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #86: Daniel O’Maley and Sarah Moulton on the Importance of Open Internet

CIPE - Feed - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:00
This week’s podcast guests discuss the relationship between a thriving democracy and an open and accessible internet. O’Maley is associate editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and Sarah Moulton is a senior manager of technology and innovation … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #85: Hans-Joachim Hogrefe on Refugees and Economic Growth

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:00
This week’s guest is Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, director of policy and advocacy at Refugees International, a nonprofit organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people. Hogrefe was a panelist at CIPE’s LIFE (Livelihood Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship) project … Continue reading →

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 →