Author Archives: CIPE Staff

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #13: WEConnect International’s Elizabeth Vazquez on the One Thing Women Entrepreneurs All Over the World Want the Most

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Podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with Elizabeth Vasquez (center)

President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International Elizabeth A. Vazquez discusses the biggest challenges that women around the world face when trying to start and grow a business, and the one thing that they all want the most. Vazquez also talks about how watching her mother host Mexico’s “first yard sale” while she was growing up taught her the value of entrepreneurship for changing women’s lives, and the fundamental mental shift that many businesswomen need to make to reach their potential.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #12: CIPE’s John Morrell on Tackling Corruption — What Can Be Done to Change “Business as Usual”?

Podcast hosts  Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with John Morrell (center)

Podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with John Morrell (center)

In this week’s podcast, CIPE’s Regional Director for Asia John Morrell discusses when he witnessed for the first time how lack of governance and corruption undermines democracy and how that experience shapes his work today. Morrell talks about business-led solutions to corruption challenges and a CIPE project underway in Thailand that is changing the business culture in that country. Morrell also discusses his early career experiences in the Philippines and a non-profit he founded there to support an orphanage for abandoned children.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #11: Brenda Oppermann of GameChangers 360 on the Importance of Involving Women and Youth in Efforts to Transition from Conflict to Peace

Podcast hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques with Brenda Oppermann (center).

Podcast hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques with Brenda Oppermann (center).

This week on Democracy That Delivers, Founder and Director of GameChangers 360 (Facebook, Twitter), Brenda Oppermann, talks about the importance of including women and youth in projects that assist countries transitioning from conflict to peace.

Oppermann, who has worked for more than 20 years in countries dealing with conflict, including Iraq and Afghanistan, shares best practices for involving women and youth in the rebuilding process.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #10: Accountability Lab’s Blair Glencorse Talks About Engaging Youth to Build a Movement for Integrity

Podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with Blair Glencorse (center)

In this week’s podcast, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab (@accountlab) Blair Glencorse talks about why accountability is important and how his organization is building a generational movement for integrity.

Glencorse discusses youth-driven approaches to building accountability and transparency in governance, using technology and popular culture to engage youth, and how the highly popular Integrity Idol television show celebrates honest government officials in Nepal.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #9: CIPE’s Abdulwahab Alkebsi on What’s Needed to Build Democracy in the Middle East

Podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with Abdulwahab Alkebsi (right).

CIPE Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa Abdulwahab Alkebsi’ s passion for democracy work goes back to his childhood in Yemen.

In this podcast, Alkebsi discuses how his childhood in Yemen informs his democracy work today, the success of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the United States, in contrast to the situation in Europe, and the need for a reassessment in the Middle East of what Islam is and what it is not.

He also talks about the correlation between the institutions that build the Islamic faith and those that build democracy, what is happening on the ground in the Middle East today that makes him hopeful for the future, and the exciting contribution the private sector is making to building democratic institutions in Africa.

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Democracy That Delivers Podcast: #8 State Department’s Jessica Long on Counterterrorism Policy

Podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson with Jessica Long (center).

Deputy Director in the U.S. State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau Jessica Long discusses how international cooperation and partnerships underpin best practice in counterterrorism policy.

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Democracy That Delivers Podcast: #7 Sameer Lalwani on Security Issues in South Asia

Sameer Lalwani (center) with podcast hosts Ken Jaques and Julie Johnson.

Deputy Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center Sameer Lalwani (@splalwani) discusses how counterinsurgency and state-building efforts interact with issues of governance and economic development in South Asia.

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