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Democracy that Delivers #89: Jaime Arteaga on the Importance of the Private Sector in Colombia’s Peace Process

From left: podcast guests Natalia Velásquez and Jaime Arteaga, guest host John Zemko and host Pamela Kelley Lauder

As part of its post-war recovery plan, Colombia’s government is offering big incentives to businesses that expand operations there and reaching out to local communities for input.

The new program is a critical part of Colombia’s ongoing peace process, according to Jaime Arteaga, CIPE’s lead in-country consultant.

The government is promising huge tax breaks to companies that make long-term investments in Colombia’s post-conflict regions, many of which are highly-populated and rich in natural resources.  In this week’s podcast, Arteaga and CIPE Regional Director John Zemko discuss the challenges and benefits of increased private sector activity in Colombia.

Read Arteaga’s thoughts on Colombia’s peace accord and its impact on investment here.

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Democracy that Delivers #88: Group 484 on Refugees in Serbia

From left: podcast guests Miroslava Jelacic and Vladimir Petronijevic, guest host Marc F. Schleifer and host Ken Jaques

This week’s podcast features Vladimir Petronijevic, executive director, and Miroslava Jelacic, legal analyst, with Group 484—a nonprofit organization founded in Serbia in 1995 to support 484 refugee families. Working with migrants, local communities, and the government, Group 484 has assisted over 100,000 people in more than 70 Serbian towns through the years.

The majority of the country’s refugees are from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Petronijevic said the Serbian government has had a favorable response to refugees, pointing to 17 temporary housing centers holding about 4,000 refugees. The housing centers are funded by the government and civil society organizations.

While many refugees in Serbia plan to move to other European countries, others hope to become Serbian citizens. Jelacic discussed the process for refugees to become citizens.

Visit Group 484’s website for more information on the organization’s work and support programs.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #87: Imtiaz Gul on the Role of Civil Society and the Private Sector in Pakistan

From left: podcast guest Imtiaz Gul, guest host Vivek Shivaram and host Pamela Kelley Lauder

This week’s podcast guest is Imtiaz Gul, founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), a Pakistan-based think tank.

In the podcast, Gul discusses the role that the business community and civil society can play in reducing extremism in South Asia. If disenfranchised people gain access to more job opportunities, they have less incentive to join extremist groups, he explains.

Because Pakistan’s ruling elites are preoccupied with maintaining power and status, they often settle for short-term economic solutions and exclude civil society and the private sector from economic decisions. This leads to stunted economic and political growth for the country.

CRSS has partnered with CIPE to create an open dialogue between the Pakistani Parliament and civil society and private sector.

Visit crss.pk, for more information about the think tank.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #86: Daniel O’Maley and Sarah Moulton on the Importance of Open Internet

From left: guest host Maiko Nakagaki, podcast guests Sarah Moulton and Daniel O’Maley, and host Pamela Kelley Lauder

This week’s podcast guests discuss the relationship between a thriving democracy and an open and accessible internet.

O’Maley is associate editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and Sarah Moulton is a senior manager of technology and innovation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

CIPE has partnered with CIMA and NDI to launch A Democratic Framework to Interpret Open Internet Principles, an initiative intended to counter oppressive actions and preserve internet openness. The initiative is composed of nine principles that reflect a commitment to inclusion, participation, and accountability in an open and free internet.

In the podcast, O’Maley explains that open internet, without the threat of government surveillance, gives citizens access to independent news media and information. Access to open internet also allows citizens to exercise their right to communicate freely with one another.

Moulton provides examples of authoritarian states that have shut down the internet, or slowed down internet speed, to silence opposition parties during elections.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback on A Democratic Framework to Interpret Open Internet Principles by October 31, 2017.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #85: Hans-Joachim Hogrefe on Refugees and Economic Growth

From left: podcast guest Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, with guest host Stephen Rosenlund and host Ken Jaques

This week’s guest is Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, director of policy and advocacy at Refugees International, a nonprofit organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people.

Hogrefe was a panelist at CIPE’s LIFE (Livelihood Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship) project launch on September 15. LIFE aims to develop entrepreneurship skills and drive job creation for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In this podcast, Hogrefe explains that the LIFE project will benefit the Turkish economy by providing refugees with formal jobs and integrating them into Turkish society. Hogrefe believes that this project could also play an invaluable role in other countries with large refugee populations.

A native of Germany, Hogrefe moved to the United States as a fellow with the American Political Science Association. As a fellow, Hogrefe worked closely with the late U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the only Holocaust survivor to have served in Congress and a human rights advocate. Hogrefe credits Lantos for influencing the trajectory of his career as a champion for human rights. Following his fellowship, Hogrefe worked for the Physicians for Human Rights and the U.S. State Department.

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Funding for the LIFE Project in Turkey provided by the United States Government

Democracy that Delivers Podcast #84: Johanna Mendelson-Forman on Food Diplomacy

From left: guest host Stephen Rosenlund, podcast guest Johanna Mendelson-Forman and host Ken Jaques

This week’s guest on Democracy that Delivers is food diplomacy expert Johanna Mendelson-Forman. She is an adjunct professor at American University and distinguished fellow with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center.

Mendelson-Forman explains the little-known social benefits of food. For example, food builds a sense of community by connecting people with food from a different culture. Food also reduces social tensions and division because of the bond created with others while enjoying the pleasurable act of eating together.

She also explains that food is also a major source of employment because it provides jobs for people who grow and transport food.

Finally, Mendelson-Forman discusses the importance of CIPE’s partnership with the Stimson Center to create the LIFE (Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship) project. LIFE aims to develop entrepreneurship skills and drive job creation for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The LIFE project will launch on Friday, September 15.

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Democracy that Delivers Podcast #83: Jeffrey Smith on Political Change in Gambia

From left: podcast guest Jeffrey Smith, guest host Toni Weis and host Ken Jaques

This week’s guest is Jeffrey Smith, executive director of Vanguard Africa, a startup nonprofit that provides campaign advice and public relations support to pro-democracy leaders in Africa.

Smith aims to bring the international spotlight to Gambia, which is recovering from a more than two-decades-long dictatorship. Political and civil rights were nonexistent during the presidency of Yahya Jammeh, a former military officer who ruled the country from 1994 to 2016. Vanguard Africa partnered with Gambia’s presidential candidates in 2016 to campaign against Jammeh, who lost the election.

Despite this accomplishment, Smith says Vanguard Africa’s work in Gambia is unfinished; a country cannot transition from dictatorship to democracy overnight. The nonprofit is now focused on holding the new government accountable. To aide with the transition, CIPE has partnered with the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry to establish a national business council for the private sector.

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