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Inclusive, participatory democracies thrive when all citizens, including youth, are engaged. Communities benefit when young people play an active role in the economy and the policymaking process. When youth are active stakeholders, societies become more democratic because governments and markets become more accountable to their citizens.
In celebration of International Youth Day, this month’s Feature Service Article highlights the work of recent CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS alumnus – Bahaa Eddin Al-Dahoudi, Hiba Safi, Huma Sattar, and Lawrence Yealue. Their articulate stance on their country’s political, economic, and social issues highlight how youth are helping strengthen democracies around the world. All of the following pieces were originally posted on CIPE’s Development Blog.Read more...
Business on the Defense
Companies operating in more competitive markets are now responsible for most of what can be described as world prosperity. This is especially true in the wealthiest countries, but is also increasingly the case in those parts of the world where wealth remains rare and recent. The business contribution to economic progress arises from the ‘combination of opportunities and pressures’ that a competitive market economy generates. Ensuring that markets are really competitive and that new and small companies can enter them easily are key components of maximizing the benefits of market economies.Read more...
The following set of three articles come from the winners of CIPE's 2010 International Youth Essay Contest in the category of democracy that delivers. For more information about the essay contest, visit www.cipe.org/essay.
Arise o Nigerians!
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- Nigeria has a challenging history with democracy, particularly in the areas of elections, the press, and public opinion
- Youth participation in elections and improved dissemination of information are two ways that elections could be better shaped in Nigeria.
- Good governance and a more active and concerned citizenry could change attitudes towards democracy in Nigeria.
Making Politics Fun: Why Youth Empowerment is Important for Democracy
Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad
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In search of private enterprise, jobs, and economic growth
Ahmed Muhammad Sayyid was an Egyptian student with a university degree who had high hopes and aspirations for a successful career in tourism. Instead, he ended up living with his mother and working as a driver for less than $100 a month. Certainly, this was not the future to which he aspired, especially having higher education in a country where about one-third of the population is illiterate. Frustrated by his inability to get a job, make money, and start a family, Sayyid lost hope in himself and in the government’s ability to help him.
Sayyid is not alone. Millions of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region enter the workforce with high hopes and cannot find jobs. Left on the sidelines of development, young people lose faith in governments and instead close themselves off from a society that has no place for them. They are the “generation in waiting,” confined to idleness in the streets and spend their time drinking tea, smoking arghileh, and waiting for jobs to arrive.Read more...
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is the world’s largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative that gathers companies and civil society organizations committed to the 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Launched 10 years ago and structured as a voluntary but accountable public-private initiative, the Global Compact focuses on engaging businesses around the world in the implementation of best corporate social responsibility practices. Chief Executive Officers of participating companies pledge to align their operations and strategies with the ten UNGC principles and they share approaches 10 lessons learned in the annual progress communication publication.Read more...
The following set of three articles come from the winners of CIPE's 2010 International Youth Essay Contest in the category of entrepreneurship and society. For more information about the essay contest, visit www.cipe.org/essay.
Romania and the Need for a New Entrepreneurial Culture
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- Too few business ventures in Romania tackle the deep social issues and poverty that affect large parts of the country.
- Youth have the greatest potential to bridge gaps between businesses and the poor because they are more connected and idealistic, and have action-oriented mindsets geared for change.
- Romania needs communication between urban middle class youth and those of poorer semi-urban communities. By providing new spaces – both digital and physical – for dialogue and interaction, youth from different backgrounds and socioeconomic classes could share ideas and support the establishment of joint social enterprises.
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