Last week, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the CIPE Development Blog focused on stories of women’s empowerment from around the world:
- Teodora Mihaylova kicked off the week, writing about how truly democratic governance requires full participation by women.
- In Ecuador, more women than men are now becoming entrepreneurs. Brenda Sumba, a participant in the CIPE-supported Emprendedores Ecuatorianos program, shared her thoughts on entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment.
- In the latest Economic Reform Feature Service article, based on a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Google Hangout, CIPE partners from Nicaragua, Jordan, and Bangladesh discuss how societies can support women in the economy.
- Mentors and role models are one the best ways to encourage more women to become successful entrepreneurs. In Serbia and Nicaragua, CIPE is supporting mentorship programs that connect women with more experienced mentors to help them start and expand their own businesses.
- CIPE has been supporting a network of South Asian women’s businesses associations to share lessons and build their capacity for advocacy. Now, some of these organizations are using their skills to achieve real advocacy successes.
- Despite advancements in women’s political participation, the word “businesswoman” is still news in Nicaragua.
- What role do men have in women’s empowerment? The UN’s HeForShe campaign has already enlisted more than 200,000 men and boys, and is now calling for more institutional support — including from the business sector.
- Finally, CIPE-Atlas Corps ThinkTankLINKS fellow Lawrence Yealue, II wrote about how Accountability Lab is helping women in Liberia tell their stories.
And don’t forget to check out our Women’s Day Facebook photo album!
The votes are in and above are the winners you selected in the 2014 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition!
We received more than 350 entries from 67 countries. The winners are from Syria, El Salvador, and Indonesia. The competition provided a venue for artists from around the world to offer a personal interpretation of challenges faced by many citizens around the world.
Each year CIPE celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week by highlighting the essential work its partners around the world are doing to improve the business environment for entrepreneurs and to support entrepreneurship, especially among traditionally excluded groups such as youth and women.
This week on the CIPE Development Blog we will be featuring success stories from CIPE-supported programs in Serbia, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Peru, Pakistan, and more! Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter at @CIPEGlobal, or on the Twitter hashtag #GEW2014 for updates!
Cartoons can speak across languages and cultures, and provide personal insight into universal challenges facing citizens around the world. In honor of International Day of Democracy, CIPE is pleased to announce that public voting is now open for the 2014 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition.
Cartoonists from 67 countries who submitted more than 350 entries to this year’s Global Editorial Cartoon Competition. CIPE’s panel of judges selected three finalists in each of the three categories: Democracy, Transparency, and Corruption. These nine finalists hail from Russia, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
Your votes will help us determine the final winners in each category! Submit your votes here.
Public voting will close at 5:00 PM EST on Friday, September 26, 2014.
“Open” has become one of the biggest buzzwords in governance. But what does openness really mean? And does it mean the same thing to governments, civil society groups, the media, and the private sector?
As part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) — Deputy Director Andrew Wilson serves as co-chair of the Council for Engaging the Private Sector — CIPE is also interested in the answer to this question. OGP is a multinational partnership, currently made up of 63 countries and a number of civil society organizations, that aims to make government more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to citizens.
One way that governments have tried to become more open is through open data — making data about government operations such as budgets, spending, and voting freely available for anyone to use.
But simply releasing some data does not necessarily make a government more transparent or accountable. “So if open data doesn’t produce benefits by itself, how does it work?” asked Emily Shaw in a recent post on the Sunlight Foundation’s blog.
Since its inception, CIPE has been an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A large part of CIPE’s mission revolves around strengthening chambers of commerce and business associations in developing countries so that they can act as the voice of the private sector. As perhaps the most influential chamber in the world, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has served as a model and an inspiration for many CIPE initiatives.
The National Business Agenda process, for example, has been a successful tool for articulating private sector concerns into concrete policy recommendations. Likewise, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management has helped CIPE staff train partners around the world in the latest best practices for running an effective association.
Recently U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue wrote about CIPE’s 30-year history of supporting free enterprise and democracy around the world.
2012-2013 1st Place Winner, Democratic Governance category. By Seyedbehzad Ghafarizadeh (Iran/Canada).
Can you create a picture that’s worth a thousand words?
Cartoons have an unparalleled ability to communicate universal ideas across cultures and language barriers. Cartoonists have long played a key role in the development of democracy — from the American and French revolutions through to defending media freedom and critiquing corruption in countries like Ecuador today.
CIPE’s Editorial Cartoon Competition is open to amateur and professional cartoonists of all ages from any country. First place winners in each category are eligible for a cash prize of $1,000.
Do you have something to say about Democracy, Transparency, or Corruption? Draw attention — enter your cartoons before June 2, 2014!
Jon Custer is the Social Media / Communications Coordinator at CIPE.