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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 →

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

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

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

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 →