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- The war in Syria has been especially hard on young people. Millions of children have been denied an education, and more than half of refugee children are out of school.
- Young Syrians require the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to contribute constructively to their communities through civic engagement, starting and growing new businesses, and social entrepreneurship.
- CIPE and the Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) have introduced a new model of civic education that stands in stark contrast to the regime’s propaganda and the empty promises of extremist ideologies, helping a new generation of leaders acquire an understanding of democracy and economic freedom and justice, which are essential underpinnings in shaping the way that Syria is rebuilt.
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- Successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will depend on the ability of the many diverse actors and stakeholders to adapt their behavior in support of local leadership, capabilities, and responsibility.
- The Busan Partnership Declaration outlines an emerging consensus, premised on principles of local ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and mutual transparency and accountability.
- More than all other non-state actors, the private sector will drive the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable economic growth and job creation and the transition to sustainable patterns of production and consumption.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its Pakistan office, CIPE seeks both to celebrate its accomplishments and learn from the challenges of its projects. CIPE is committed to deep engagement, supporting private sector- and civil society-led programs that can advance reforms to unleash the country’s vast economic potential.
Article at a glance:
- Policy reform must be rooted in the business community and can be sustained by strong think tanks capable of monitoring and assessing government performance.
- Strengthening Pakistan’s democratic institutions must involve support for economic journalism to improve citizens’ access to information about reforms.
- Building links among Pakistani women entrepreneurs, and including them in broader regional networks, is a key factor in improving women’s lives in the country.
Carrots Before Sticks: Motivating Mid-Sized Businesses in Emerging Markets to Launch Compliance Programs
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- Corruption is primarily an institutional issue and combating it requires proactively preventing corrupt practices through supply- and demand-side reforms.
- Collective action and anti-corruption compliance are practical approaches that reform-minded businesses can use to build a critical mass of companies committed to operating with integrity.
- Companies in emerging markets can greatly benefit from improving their anti-corruption practices, which makes them more attractive business partners in global value chains.
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- De facto states in the post-Soviet space lack international recognition and strong state structures, but survive in large part due to Russian aid, as Russia has a strategic interest in these regions.
- Any credible effort to reunify the de facto states with their parent states would require tackling pervasive corruption and criminal markets, and must also take into account ethnic and historical grievances that make reunification challenging.
- Economic relations and deeper trade ties, such as are emerging between Moldova and Transnistria, may offer hope for compromise, and could help formulate an approach to Ukraine’s relationship with Donbas.
The role of the private sector in building democracies that deliver prosperity and opportunity to all citizens is often overlooked. That is why the contribution made by private sector participants at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies is particularly noteworthy. The Ministerial, which took place on July 22-24 in El Salvador, gathered representatives of governments, parliaments, civil society, the private sector, and youth in the capital of the Community’s 2013-2015 Presidency, San Salvador. The leading theme for El Salvador’s Presidency was “Democracy and Development.” About 800 participants from more than 70 countries attended.
The Conference facilitated more in-depth interactions between representatives of civil society, parliaments, the private sector, and youth in designated sectoral forums. These forums took place on the opening day of the Conference and met simultaneously to discuss the most urgent issues in their areas of expertise and make recommendations to the participating governments. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) organized a panel at the Private Sector Forum on the topic of Public-Private Dialogue (PPD).
The Private Sector Forum produced a Declaration that emphasizes the principles of dialogue and corporate social responsibility as key elements of progress toward democracy and development. The Declaration of the Private Sector Forum was subsequently presented to high-level government officials from around the world during the final day of the Ministerial.Read more...
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