Kim Eric Bettcher

Changing Destinies: How Entrepreneurs Help Build Democracy

Kim Eric Bettcher, Entrepreneurs drive change. They provide ideas, initiative, and leadership that invigorate development and transform society. Young, growing firms lead economic change by propelling gains in productivity and employment. In doing so, they reshape attitudes, social relations, and institutions. They are therefore crucial to building prosperous societies that can deliver opportunity to all. Read more…

Public-Private Dialogue: The Key to Good Governance and Development

Kim Eric Bettcher, Benjamin Herzberg, Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, Article at a glance Read more…

Approaches to Collective Action: How Businesses Together Can Lead the Fight Against Corruption

John Morrell, Kim Eric Bettcher, Article at a glance When private businesses are interested in reducing corruption, they can be mobilized to take concrete steps against it. This article introduces available tools for collective action – a strategic approach to mobilizing the business community in order to fight corruption. At its core, corruption is an institutional problem, and the institutional framework that sustains corruption must be changed. A key goal of collective action is to reduce the incentives and opportunities for corruption. Collective action is a coordinated, sustained process of cooperation among private firms and other stakeholders. In the fight against corruption, a coalition of companies united by a set of principles and standards can have a far greater aggregate impact. Read more…

REFORM Toolkit: Expanding Access to Information

Kim Eric Bettcher, Frank Stroker, Anna Weber, If knowledge is power, then expanding access to information can empower people. Making the right information available to the right people helps them to lead change. This toolkit identifies core objectives and approaches in the field of access to information to guide the design of information programs. Based on CIPE’s experience, the toolkit shares key practices and lessons to improve the performance of these programs. Read more…

Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue: An Advocacy Approach

Kim Eric Bettcher, Public-private dialogue strengthens policymaking by incorporating valuable private input and creating momentum for reform. For dialogue to be most productive, the private sector must take initiative to advocate for its priorities in a participatory policy process. This toolkit aids business leaders who seek to improve their participation in dialogue for better policy results. The toolkit explains: Role of advocacy strategy in dialogue Principles of high-quality dialogue Elements of effective communication: issues, participants, messages, and channels Steps to prepare for dialogue Read more…

Opening the Doors of Policymaking

Kim Eric Bettcher, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) assembled Romanian business coalitions to promote transparency and public input in government, eliminate bureaucratic restrictions on entrepreneurship, and nurture markets in the tourism, technology, and light manufacturing sectors. Through the Open Doors Advocacy Campaign (2002–2003), CIPE coordinated three grassroots coalitions representing these sectors, which compiled and promoted their policy recommendations in a unified business agenda. Read more…

Reform of the Trade Organization Ordinance

Kim Eric Bettcher, Recognizing the importance of the legal framework for Pakistan’s trade bodies, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) prompted legal reform in 2006 to address the problem of overregulated, inactive chambers of commerce. As in many other countries, Pakistan’s legal system exerted strong influence on the responsiveness of chambers and associations to member needs and the quality of governance in the business community. Read more…

A Think Tank Bridging the Democratic Deficit

Andrew Wilson, Kim Eric Bettcher, The Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Riinvest) was one of the first local private organizations to respond to Kosovo’s governance needs following the conflict of the 1990s. Riinvest brought civil society and the business community into a governance process that had mostly neglected local input. Read more…

25 Year Impact Evaluation

Joel Scanlon, Kim Eric Bettcher, Nigina Malikova, Steven B. Rogers, On the occasion of the Center for International Private Enterprise’s (CIPE) 25th anniversary, this internal evaluation study reviews the accomplishments and lessons of the past 10 years and reflects on a quarter century of progress. Read more…

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