Recently on the blog:
- The 2012 Olympic Games are underway in London. Record participation from female athletes, including the first ever female Olympians from Saudi Arabia, show how far women have come — and how far they still have to go, wrote Global Program Assistant Molly Brister.
- There is a growing recognition of the private sector’s role in international development. But effective public-private dialogue is vital if the private sector’s voice is going to have an impact. Eastern Europe and Eurasia Regional Director Andrew Wilson discussed some ways in which the private sector can effectively weigh in on national policy in developing countries. Also see the USAID Frontlines publication which mentions CIPE’s success in supporting this process.
- Do we have to choose between the state and the market? While this dichotomy may shape political debates in the US and Europe, Global Program Officer Anna Nadgrodkiewicz explained the importance of distinguishing between the scope of a state and the effectiveness of how it’s governed, and why a well-governed state is essential for markets to thrive.
- When Malawi’s president died suddenly in April, there were worries that supporters of the increasingly authoritarian ruler would stage a constitutional coup. Fortunately, as recently-departed Global Intern Matt Williger discussed, Vice President Joyce Banda assumed the role as intended. But will she continue to live up to democratic expectations, or succumb to the temptations of power like her predecessor?
- Young researchers: there is still time to apply for Think Tank LINKS fellowship, a partnership between CIPE and Atlas Corps, which will allow you to come and work at a think tank in Washington, DC.
- Finally, don’t forget to submit your cartoons to the 2012 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition. Winners, who will be chosen by online vote, will receive a $500 honorarium. The deadline is September 1, 2012.