Democracy in Action: Stories from the Field
Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to members of the British Parliament at the Palace of Westminster, England, laying out a vision for strengthening the infrastructure of democracy. Recognizing that a strong market economy is essential for democracy to flourish, CIPE today works with partners abroad to help find local solutions to local challenges all around the globe. This issue of Democracy in Action highlights CIPE partners, program successes, and the unique nature of CIPE's work in the field from Pakistan to Yemen to Russia.
This June 8 marks the 30th anniversary of one of President Ronald Reagan's hallmark foreign policy speeches, the Address at Westminster to members of the British Parliament. President Ronald Reagan is often called a visionary president, particularly with reference to his foreign policy. He did not waver from his belief in the superiority of democracy, or in his conviction that democracy should be possible for all. Now more than ever - as the Arab World makes tentative steps toward representative democracy even while countries in Eurasia and Latin America take steps backward - we must rededicate ourselves to the idea that every citizen in every country should have the right to self-determination. Read the rest of this article.
As part of Yemen's ongoing reform effort, representatives of the private sector and civil society in Yemen met with government officials in Sana’a on Saturday, May 12, to agree on a comprehensive vision for reform. Read the rest of this article here.
By Anna Nadgrodkiewicz
The question about the link between democracy and economic prosperity is key for scholars and policymakers alike, especially when it comes to transition economies. The Arab Spring brought the challenge of building democracies that deliver into a new, sharp focus and emphasized the need for sharing lessons learned from the experiences of others. Read the rest of this article here.
By Yulia Rostovikova and Natalia Titova
For years, the small business owners and entrepreneurs of the Russian port city of Novorossiysk had been working to overturn an obscure but odious regulation from the Central Bank of Russia. The regulation, called Letter Number 18, required all businesses to maintain a vault for the storage of cash. The vault had to be the size of a walk-in closet, with reinforced walls and an alarm system. Read the rest of this article.
On May 20, the Pakistani Information Ministry blocked access to world’s largest micro blogging site, Twitter, on the pretext that the company had not removed derogatory material about Prophet Mohammad. Pakistani authorities are known for taking such actions: exactly two years ago in May 2010, based on a verdict from a local court, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and 1000 other such websites were banned in the country. This time, however, civil society organizations and activists moved quickly to start a campaign against the government’s decision. In 2010,after ten days of hectic efforts, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority lifted the ban. This time it took just 10 hours. Read the rest of this article.
- Democratic Governance
- Access to Information
- Combating Corruption
- Business Association Development
- Corporate Governance
- Legal & Regulatory Reform
- Informal Sector & Property Rights
- Corporate Citizenship (CSR)
- South Asia
- Southeast Europe
- Middle East & North Africa
- Latin America & the Caribbean