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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #35: Jennifer Anderson on the Economy in Pakistan and Holding the Government Accountable

Podcast guest Jenny Anderson (center) with hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques

Podcast guest Jenny Anderson (center) with hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques

On the Democracy that Delivers podcast this week, CIPE Program Officer for South Asia Jennifer Anderson talks about the economy in Pakistan and holding the government accountable for delivering on its economic promises. Anderson discusses the crucial link between successful implementation of economic reforms and citizen support for the civilian government and democracy. She shares the view expressed by some in Pakistan that “entrepreneurship is dead” and why a number of aspiring Pakistani business people feel this way. Anderson also discusses the new registration process required for international and domestic NGOs to operate in the country. The show closes with Anderson sharing her story of how helping a friend cope with the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide changed her world view and got her started on her international development career.

Follow her on Twitter @JennyLAnderson_

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #34: Murray Hiebert on Aung San Suu Kyi’s Historic Visit to the United States

Podcast guest Murray Hiebert (left), with hosts John Morrell and Julie Johnson

Podcast guest Murray Hiebert (left), with hosts John Morrell and Julie Johnson

In this week’s Democracy That Delivers podcast, Murray Hiebert, Senior Adviser and Deputy Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), talks about the historic visit to the U.S. last week of Aung San Suu Kyi. Hiebert discusses what the visit means for Myanmar’s future, including the peace process and the investment climate in a country where peace and development is long overdue. Hiebert also talks about what the lifting of sanctions will mean for the inflow of foreign direct investment, and how economic development and the resolution of ethnic grievances through the peace process are linked. Reaction in Myanmar to Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is also discussed. Hiebert also talks about the tension between the  Muslim-minority Rohingya population and the majority Buddhist population in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to resolve tension between the two groups.

For more information on Murray Hiebert and his work, visit the CSIS website.

Why is Data Important for Social Good?

social_goodData for social good: it sounds nice, right? But what do we really mean when we talk about data and social good? Join CIPE, Data2X, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, +SocialGood, and TechSoup as we unpack why data is important for our common social good.

Our Twitter chat will focus on the obstacles and opportunities found in the sharing of data. We will pay attention to the need for gender data. We will share tools. We will explore examples of where data has made a direct, positive impact on communities. There has never been a greater emphasis on the sharing of data. Likewise, there has never been a need for greater coordination and collaboration.

Join us for this live Twitter chat on September 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT as we examine what steps are needed to move the data for social good project forward.

Tune in by following the conversation at the hashtag #NPTechChat.

Our conversation will go around the globe, and we will explore these questions:

  • Why is data important for promoting social good?
  • How can we ensure that access to data leaves no one behind?
  • What’s the most urgent data gap that needs to be filled to promote social good?
  • What role should business play in harnessing the data revolution for social good?
  • What role do civil society and the nonprofit sector play in promoting uses of data for social good?
  • What are examples where data has improved people’s lives?
  • What tools can we use to promote data for social good?
  • What are the limits to #OpenData?

Learn more about our chat hosts:

  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics. @CIPEglobal
  • Data2X, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability, and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. Motivated by the belief that “there is no gender equality without data equality,” Data2X works with United Nations agencies, governments, civil society, academics, and the private sector to close gender data gaps, promote expanded and unbiased gender data collection, and use gender data to improve policies, strategies, and decision-making in support of gender equality. @Data2X
  • The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. Its members represent the full range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities. The Global Partnership serves as an invaluable convener, connector, and catalyst. It builds trust and encourages collaboration among stakeholders. Its aim is to fill critical data gaps and ensure that data is accessible and usable to end extreme poverty, address climate change, and pave a road to dignity for all by 2030.
  • +SocialGood has over 60,000 fans, followers, and members who represent over 140 countries. It’s an international community where digital innovators, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, change makers, and global citizens come together to share world-changing ideas and catalyze action. The online community platform empowers the new, connected generation to work together to find, develop, share, and advocate for solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. @plus_socialgood
  • TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally. Whether you have resources to give or solutions you need to get, TechSoup facilitates the exchange. A trusted partner for nearly three decades, TechSoup provides both the digital platforms and in-person experiences that enable people to work together toward a more equitable world. We are serving 236 countries and territories and have partnered with more than 62 of the world’s leading civil society organizations to improve lives globally through the use of technology. @TechSoup


Democracy that Delivers Podcast #32: Gina Chon on Economic News from Around the World

Podcast guest Gina Chon (left) with hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques.

Podcast guest Gina Chon (left) with hosts Julie Johnson and Ken Jaques.

On the Democracy That Delivers podcast this week, Thomson Reuters Breakingviews correspondent Gina Chon talks about reporting on economic news from around the world. Chon discusses the challenges journalists face in countries where gaining access to accurate economic information is difficult and where authoritarian governments attempt to control the news on the economy. Chon also talks about how she became a journalist, her experiences working overseas, and what excites her about the way journalism is evolving today.

Follow Gina on Twitter at @GinaChon.

Also, watch a video of Chon participating as a panelist at a CIPE event on The State of Journalism Globally: How Authoritarian Regimes Control Information.

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #31: Kim Holmes Reflects on Democratic Development and the Evolution of American Political Thought

Guest Dr. Kim Holmes (center) with hosts Jennifer Anderson and Ken Jaques.

Guest Dr. Kim Holmes (center) with hosts Jennifer Anderson and Ken Jaques.

Dr. Kim Holmes, who recently returned to the CIPE Board of Directors after a 15 year hiatus, discusses how his views on democratic and economic development have evolved through the years. Holmes discusses specifically how his views on the role of economic development in conflict zones has changed and why. He also talks at length about his new book, The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left. This podcast is co-hosted by CIPE’s Communications Director Ken Jaques and Program Officer for South Asia Jennifer Anderson

 Learn more about Dr. Holmes and his work.

Disclaimer: The CIPE  Democracy That Delivers podcast encourages guests to freely discuss their experiences, ideas, and opinions. The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #30: Syrian Economic Forum on the Role of the Private Sector in Syria’s Reconstruction

SEF podcast Aug 18 2016

Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) Executive Director Tamman Al Baroudi (left) and SEF Chairman Ayman Tabbaa (right) with podcast co-host Stephen Rosenlund, Senior Program Officer for Middle East and North Africa at CIPE. Tabbaa, Baroudi and Rosenlund called in to the show (via Skype) from Gaziantep, Turkey.

Syrian Economic Forum Chairman Ayman Tabbaa and Executive Director Tamman Al Baroudi discuss the current situation in Syria and the role of the private sector in reconstructing the country. Tabbaa and Baroudi talk about their lives in Syria prior to the revolution, why they had to leave Syria, and their work today providing information and policy options to help with the current economic situation and to plan for the future.

Tabbaa and Baroudi speak candidly about how their lives have changed, dangers they have faced in pursuing their work to help build a future for Syria, and their concerns for Syria’s youth.

The Syrian Economic Forum is an independent think tank that gives voice to the pro-democracy Syrian business community.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #29: Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reform


Panelists Maggie McDonough (on monitor), Gigi Raffo (center), and Blair Glencorse (right) with moderator Maiko Nakagaki.

International development organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of engaging youth in efforts to improve governance around the world. Youth in most societies are consistently more adept at using technology and recognizing its impact. Harnessing their energy and creativity to improve government policies and service delivery, through incorporating youth ideas and feedback, is a focus for a number of programs developed by CIPE and other organizations.

This week’s podcast is a recording of an event CIPE co-hosted yesterday with OpenGovHub.  The event was held in honor of International Youth Day, which took place on August 12.  The event was a panel discussion on the topic Leveraging Youth and Technology for Governance Reform. The discussion was moderated by CIPE’s Program Officer for Global Programs Maiko Nakagaki.

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