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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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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 →

Democracy that Delivers #101: Radko Hokovsky on Czech Republic’s Political Division as Presidential Election Approaches

CIPE - Feed - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 00:41
With presidential elections approaching in the Czech Republic, policy expert Radko Hokovsky analyzes the current political climate and key reform issues. Hokovsky is the Executive Board Chair of European Values Think-Tank , a non-governmental policy institute in the Czech Republic … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #100: Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio during her First U.S. Appearance as Transparency International Chair

CIPE - Feed - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:17
On this special 100th episode of Democracy that Delivers, Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio shares her vision regarding the global fight against corruption and spotlights innovative new approaches that appear to be working. Dr. Ferreira Rubio is an internationally recognized political … Continue reading →

Closing Governance Gaps to Promote Resilient Economies in the Balkans

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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

CIPE - Feed - 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 →