CIPE is excited to announce a new competition for our friends and partners for the best blog posts about how democratic and economic reforms play a role in international development.
Blogging is a powerful tool to share stories and information. And it is used at a very large scale. In 2011 there were 181 million blogs in the world—and the number, without a doubt, continues to rise. Recognizing the important role that new media play in fostering democratic and economic change, CIPE is launching the blog competition as a platform to encourage writers all around the world to participate in this year’s writing contest!
Both seasoned and new bloggers are welcomed to submit an entry of less than 750 words concerning the following topics as they relate to developing nations:
- How can social media empower citizens to participate in a democratic dialogue on constructive reforms?
- What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?
- What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?
We’re inviting both unpublished work as well as posts that have been previously published on an author’s personal blog. Entries with a photo or a video to illustrate your message will be given special consideration.
Visit our blog competition for more details and to submit your entry.
So, put on your creative thinking hat, and tell us your thoughts about democratic and economic reforms in developing countries. The deadline is Monday October 14, 2013!
CIPE and Atlas Corps are inviting young researchers interested in learning how to better articulate youth’s position in democratic or economic reform issue to apply to our program, the CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellowship!
Think Tank LINKS Fellows will shadow researchers and experts at leading U.S. think tanks for 6 months (January to July 2013), and will gain valuable insights and skills to improve their advocacy and leadership skills.
This is a fantastic opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Learn more about the program by watching an interview with Maksim Karliuk from the inaugural class of Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, or reading about their experiences on CIPE’s blog.
The deadline is August 2, 2013 so don’t wait until the last minute to apply!
The implementation gap – the difference between laws on books and how they function in reality – is a problem experienced all around the world. Member countries of the East African Community (EAC) agreed on the removal of non-tariff barriers in 2007, but implementing the policy has been extremely slow. As India’s currency declined significantly against the dollar this week, investors in India voiced their eagerness and frustration of the Indian government’s slow pace of implementing rules aimed to attracting foreign investment and spurring growth.
Why do policies sometimes take so much time to be implemented, or in some cases, are never enforced? In the latest Economic Reform Feature Service article, I explore these questions as I summarize and highlight CIPE and Global Integrity’s co-authored guidebook, Improving Public Governance: Closing the Implementation Gap Between Law and Practice.
To find out more about how to address implementation gaps, read the article here.
One of the greatest advantages of democracy is that any citizen can openly engage with policy ideas. Think tanks and research institutions help augment policy debates and provide alternative viewpoints to the public and decision-makers. Yet in young and emerging democracies where civil society is limited and political instability makes policy reform almost impossible, think tanks face numerous challenges that limit their capacities to help translate their ideas into reality.
On June 3, the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), CIPE and Atlas Corps co-hosted a discussion about this topic as part of launching NED’s newest report, Democracy Think Tanks in Action: Translating Research into Policy in Young and Emerging Democracies.
How can you effectively integrate women into value chains? With this question in mind, two representatives from the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), an international development association based in Canada, shared their experiences with women’s economic development projects.
The benefits of empowering and integrating women into the economy are widely known. But what exactly must be done to incorporate women into value chains, especially in parts of the world where women face cultural barriers to participating in their economies?
CIPE’s long time partner Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation in Nepal is seeking to better understand why so many of their independent and small businesses never grow. What is preventing these mom-and-pop shops in Nepal from engaging in the formal economy, accessing credit, and growing their operations? What barriers do these entrepreneurs face?
Samriddhi wants to document and help tell the stories about what challenges these entrepreneurs face every day. But Samriddhi needs your help first. Using crowd funding, Samriddhi partnered with the Atlas Network: for up to $7,500 that Samriddhi raises through its crowd funding campaign, the Atlas Network will match dollar-to-dollar.
There’s only 16 days left to help them out! So read about Samriddhi’s crowd funding campaign and watch their video to help understand how you can help empower Nepali entrepreneurs.
Does your association or chamber of commerce aspire to better serve your members?
Do you wish you could manage your organization differently so that things would improve?
Or are you looking for ways to help make your association more sustainable?
If you said yes to any of these questions, then sign up for CIPE’s KnowHow Mentorship program! CIPE is recruiting for business associations and chambers of commerce from around the world looking for free technical assistance.