Save the date: April 9-10, 2013, Chicago, IL
In order to capture successful approaches to building strong, inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems that help democracies deliver for all segments of the population, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is organizing a two-day international conference in Chicago, IL on April 9-10, 2013. It will focus on the following key themes:
- Role of entrepreneurs in building democratic societies
- Institutions of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and policy solutions fostering entrepreneurship
- Profiles of various types of entrepreneurs, including youth and women
- Effective ways to support entrepreneurship from the perspective of successful entrepreneurs, business associations, governments, investors, and donors
World famous democracy advocate Hernando de Soto will deliver the keynote address. De Soto is the president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru and the author of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. He has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work on the informal sector, property rights, and legal reform.
Learn more about the conference including the agenda and speakers, or register now to receive the early registration discount.
Development professionals agree that impact evaluation is perhaps the most challenging task as reforming a sector may take longer then the life of a project. CIPE Pakistan has seen several instances where the impact of an initiative came long time after completion of a project. More astonishingly, impact could be a change that was never envisaged in the original deliverables of a project.
Most recent such example is the first ever Chamber President Conference organized by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Thirteen elected Presidents from Northern Punjab got together and several participated via telephone link and debated on issues of economic importance.
Idea of this conference was floated by Irfan Mannan Khan, Deputy Secretary, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCCI). Ifran attended CIPE’s Secretary General’s Conference/workshop held in Lahore on 31st April and 1st May 2009 where over 32 secretary generals from allover Pakistan were assembled for the first time. Inspired by the effectiveness of the CIPE conference Irfan presented his idea for organizing a conference for chamber presidents to Mr. Asad Mashhadi, President, RCCI who agreed to host the conference (held on 26 May 2009).
This is a tangible impact that we did not visualize while conceiving the idea of Secretary General’s Conference.