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- Addressing the challenges of poverty and marginalization through multi-stakeholder partnerships is key to building prosperous and inclusive societies.
- Private sector engagement in shaping the post-2015 development agenda is needed to achieve this shared goal.
- Public-private dialogue provides an important platform for businesses and governments to constructively engage in creating more participatory and sustainable economies.
What does democracy mean?
The post-1974 “third wave” of democratization has greatly expanded the number of electoral democracies worldwide. Today, however, this wave is noticeably ebbing, especially in terms of the quality of democratic institutions. Oligarchic and authoritarian countries throughout the developing world and in the former Soviet Union have long understood that it is possible to look like a democracy while gutting the system of the details that make democracy work: comment and notice periods; accountability systems; district-based voting; and transparent decision-making.Read more...
The following set of four articles come from the remaining winners and honorable mentions from CIPE's Third Annual International Youth Essay Contest. CIPE will publish the first set of 2010 winners in November. For more information about the essay contest, visit www.cipe.org/essay.
Education Reform in China’s Universities
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- The Chinese educational system suffers from deficiencies, including unequal access to high quality education and the lack of practical training in universities.
- Businesses should take a greater role in education, emphasizing the practical importance and benefit of internships in universities.
- By reforming the system of quotas in universities and the hukou that create obstacles for students in the countryside seeking admittance to universities in the cities, students will earn the opportunity to be educated at higher-quality universities, regardless of their hometowns.
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In 1994, when Iqbal Z. Quadir registered a company called Gonofone – which means “phone for the masses” in Bengali and became the launch pad for Grameenphone – few thought that offering mobile telephones to Bangladesh’s poor was a winning business proposition. At the time, only one in 500 people in the country had a telephone and two-thirds of those telephones were in the capital city, leaving about 80 percent of the population in the rural areas without telephone access. Two years later, a partnership between Gonofone, Grameen Bank, and the Norwegian telephone company Telenor gave rise to Grameenphone, paving the way for phones for the masses to become a reality.Read more...
One of the most striking features of the growth of the “third wave” of global democratic expansion that began in 1974 has been its persistence. Yet ,there are worrisome signs of a democratic rollback in the world. First, the number of democracies in the world leveled off in the mid-1990s at about 120, and has not changed dramatically since then; according to Freedom House, there were 119 electoral democracies at the beginning of 2009. Since 1995, the percentage of states that could be called electoral democracies has oscillated within a narrow margin, between about 60 and 63 percent of all the independent states of the world. Second, levels of freedom in the world, as measured by Freedom House, have been declining for three straight years, as the number of countries with deteriorating freedom scores has significantly outstripped the number with improving scores.Read more...
As China enjoys extraordinary economic growth and showcases exceptional resilience during the worst financial crisis in decades, observers nevertheless note that the country continues to suffer from a number of fundamental economic problems, not least of which is the increasing tension between the rich and the poor. In particular, large segments of the population have started to complain vocally about escalating housing prices in a distorted real estate market. Prominent newspapers echo this criticism and have published a series of articles on the issue. A number of Wall Street hedge fund managers also predict that China will soon suffer a real estate bubble.Read more...
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