Author Archives: Maiko Nakagaki

Celebrating Young Civil Society Leaders from Around the Globe


On January 24 at the U.S. Department of State, CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan co-hosted a welcome event for the new class of Atlas Corps Fellows including five participants of the CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellowship.

As mentioned in a previous post, this year’s Think Tank LINKS fellows represent various regions around the world and either come from leading think tanks back in their home countries or will be serving at top-tier organizations in Washington, DC.


Introducing the Second Class of Think Tank LINKS Fellows


CIPE and Atlas Corps are welcoming our second class of the Think Tank LINKS Fellows! Five young researchers from around the world have come together in Washington, DC to participate in a six month leadership development program. The fellows will shadow researchers and experts at leading Washington, DC-based think tanks to learn best practices of successful U.S. think tanks while conducting research on issues of democratic or economic reform.

We’re excited to introduce our newest class of Think Tank LINKS Fellows to everyone!


Decentralization for Better Public Services in Lebanon


The executive director of  Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Sami Atallah, was recently on MTV, a Lebanese independent media channel, to discuss the importance of decentralization and local governance. During the interview, Atallah argued that instead of relying on the central government, the public should advocate for and expect their local municipalities to deliver goods and services.  CIPE is supporting LCPS to help achieve this objective, including strengthening the internal grant transfer system in Lebanon.

Watch Atallah’s interview (in Arabic) from 29:40 onward.

The Future of the Anti-Corruption Movement

speak up corruption

“Corruption was a taboo word in 1996. My advisors were worried about using the c-word in my speech.”

Nearly 20 years have passed since the former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, gave his groundbreaking speech on the “cancer of corruption” at the World Bank’s 1996 Annual Meetings. And the anti-corruption movement has come a long way.

At the World Bank’s discussion Speak Up Against Corruption, which featured Wolfensohn; Dr. Jim Kim, World Bank Group President; Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Cesar Purisima, Secretary Finance of the Philippines; and Haguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International, the panelists reflected on how much work there remains to fight corruption at the international and local levels.


Donate Today for CIPE!

Giving-TuesdayToday is #GivingTuesday!! Join the global movement today by supporting CIPE’s youth initiatives – the ChamberL.I.N.K.S. program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!

Watch videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:


Support CIPE on #GivingTuesday!


What will you be doing next Tuesday?

CIPE is partnering with #GivingTuesday  to celebrate a day of philanthropy on December 3.

After enjoying some delicious food on Thanksgiving, and shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not join a global movement to give back to the community?

On Tuesday December 3rd, join the movement by supporting CIPE’s efforts to develop young leaders from around the world. Through our ChamberL.I.N.K.S.  program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, CIPE empowers youth to become active leaders in civil society and work toward meaningful change in their communities.

Watch videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:

Your donation (whether that’s $20 or $100) will help make a difference! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!


CIPE’s Blog Competition – Only Two Weeks Left

Attention Bloggers: there’s only two weeks left to participate in CIPE’s Blog Competition!

CIPE is inviting friends and partners to share blog posts about how democratic and economic reforms play a role in international development.

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:

  1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in a democratic dialogue on constructive reforms?
  2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?
  3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

Read more details about how to submit your entry.

Share us your blogs! The deadline is Monday December 2, 2013.