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- The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (WCIC), established in 1985, is the oldest women’s chamber of commerce in Sri Lanka and the first such organization in the world.
- The impetus for the establishment of WCIC came from a small group of highly educated and successful women entrepreneurs and professionals who came together to form an organization to empower women in Sri Lanka.
- Since its creation, the WCIC has been actively involved in defending the rights of women-owned businesses, advocating policy reforms that foster entrepreneurship, and representing the voice of small and medium-sized enterprises.
- Convergence of program evaluation and social impact measurement can be catalytic for development if it can mobilize private sector investment to address the estimated $2.5 trillion development funding shortfall.
- The associated methodological challenges include examining the causal links, moving away from purely econometric approaches, and building evaluation capacity to develop a consensus on evidence-based policy recommendations.
- There are encouraging improvements in the evaluation capacity of developing countries, but we will need more collaborative work that includes placing evaluators alongside managers and investors in program design with evaluation and improvement in mind at the outset.
- The rise of violent extremism increased global attention on how and why individuals become involved, in order to develop effective programs that counter this phenomenon.
- “Push” and “pull” factors, along with political drivers and country context, are important elements to consider when analyzing violent extremism.
- Programming should focus on preventative measures aimed at preempting radicalization by mitigating specific drivers.
- Although corruption remains entrenched in Ukrainian politics and the economy, private sector-led anti-corruption initiatives show a different path for the country.
- A new Ukrainian anti-corruption law incentivizes prevention and promises stricter enforcement, prompting business efforts toward improved compliance.
- CIPE and its partner the Ukrainian Corporate Governance Professional Association are building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises in Ukraine to follow the standards of corporate governance and anti-corruption compliance.
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- During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE celebrates Karolo Perez Vigil, a young Peruvian entrepreneur and a graduate of CIPE’s EmprendeAhora program.
- Karolo and his teammates received first prize in the capstone EmprendeAhora business plan contest for their idea for a bio tourism venture in the San Martín region of Peru.
- Karolo leveraged the success of his company, BioAdventure, to create a larger enterprise, Selva Constructor. With over $304,000 in revenue, Selva provides work for eight employees in its headquarters and on average 60 laborers on construction sites.
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- Women’s business organizations help address barriers to women’s participation in the political and economic life of their countries.
- CIPE’s experience in Bangladesh and Pakistan shows how to successfully overcome legal limitations and social resistance to establishment of women’s chambers of commerce.
- Women’s business organizations offer not only tangible benefits such as skills training or market access, but also intangible benefits such as confidence building and a more positive perception of women in business.
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