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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 →

Democracy that Delivers #91: Hudson Hollister on how Open Data Supports Accountability and Business Opportunities

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 02:58
Hudson Hollister quit his congressional job in 2012 and used his retirement savings  to found The Data Coalition.  His mission: to make U.S. government spending information more transparent and publicly available.  The Data Coalition successfully pushed for new laws requiring … Continue reading →

Subsidy Systems in MENA Nations Need Reform

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 23:00
The subsidy systems in some Middle East and North African (MENA) nations need an overhaul. In countries such as Lebanon and Egypt, poorly structured subsidies exacerbate extant problems caused by high fiscal deficits, growing populations, and unmet citizen expectations. At … Continue reading →

How Mobile Surveys are Democratizing Data Collection in Africa

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 22:59
Mobile networks are revamping African infrastructure. While increasing connectivity is creating opportunities for economic growth and social inclusion, the digital economy will be hard-pressed to deliver on these opportunities through connectivity alone. Businesses and governments need access to information about … Continue reading →

Democracy that Delivers #90: Frank Vogl on Confronting Corruption in the Private Sector

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:16
Businesses that take on corruption and pursue a path of integrity can come out ahead financially, says Frank Vogl, anti-corruption expert and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. During the podcast, Vogl explains how corruption can hurt a company’s bottom line. … Continue reading →

Colombia’s Peace Accord Opens Door to Responsible Investment

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:47
By Jaime Artega Colombia has had significant achievements despite being home to one of the longest-running internal conflicts in the world. The country’s economy has grown steadily for several decades, without significant fluctuations or crises, while maintaining a low inflation … Continue reading →

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

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 03:21
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

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 →

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