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Building a Better Business Environment for Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs through Technology-Enabled Advocacy Efforts
Article at a glance:
- CIPE partnered with the largest coalition of women’s business and professional associations in Nigeria, the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), to increase the organization’s capacity to integrate useful, low-cost information and communication technologies (ICTs) into its upcoming national advocacy efforts.
- Taking into consideration Nigeria’s limiting technological environment, including low bandwidth and frequent power outages, CIPE delivered a training workshop focused on how to use mobile and online tools to improve data collection, research, and communications. The tools selected were based on ease of use and accessibility with free and low-cost solutions being preferable.
- Easiness to navigate and low costs were key reasons for ANWBN members to adopt and integrate some of the tools that were taught from CIPE’s workshop.
Introduction: Co-operatives are Private Sector Enterprises
“Co-operatives are an alternative way of doing business, but an equally profitable way of doing business.”
- Iain Macdonald, ICA Director-General
The co-operative movement represents a significant sector of the world’s economy. According to International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and UN estimates, 1.1 billion people are members of co-operatives, and their economic activity employs 100 million people. This means that they provide 20 percent more jobs than all of the world’s multinationals combined. ICA’s Global 300 Project, which examined the top 300 co-operatives worldwide, showed that their annual output was over $1 trillion, making the group the 10th-largest economy in the world.Read more...
CIPE: What is the role of real estate appraisers? How is their role different in emerging markets?
Bill Endsley: I have had many heated discussions with highly qualified engineers from Cairo to Patagonia who could tell me within a few hundred dollars the cost to build a building. I point out to them that if no one wants to buy the building, lease space in the building, if there is an excess of this type of a property, if it is on or near contaminated land, or any number of other reasons, then the market value of the building may be significantly less than the cost to build. In many countries, I have passed empty concrete shells, abandoned buildings – even theme parks – that took advantage of a ready flow of capital, but not the basics of supply and demand.Read more...
Why interest in governance?
Four sets of phenomena have combined to drive the explosive growth of interest in the quality of governance – and with it the use of governance indicators – in recent years.Read more...
As competition for foreign and domestic investment is heating up, companies continue to search for ways to remain competitive. Good corporate governance is increasingly recognized as an effective tool to improve firm competitiveness as well as the overall economic climate in a country. In the South Asia region, while family-owned businesses are a major component of the economy, they increasingly face stiff competition from new market entrants. In response to issues of competitiveness and sustainability, family-owned businesses are coming to terms with the need to establish an institutionalized governance process, develop a succession plan, and separate ownership from control. The implementation of good corporate governance practices can help to eliminate many of these problems. The following overview of corporate governance provides the context for an examination of issues specific to the adoption of corporate governance principles by family firms in South Asia.
Corporate GovernanceRead more...
Rampant corruption in the 1990s ensured that most interactions between entrepreneurs and Georgian officials involved a combination of bribery, coercion, and shady dealings. When providing services mandated by law, public officials would frequently use their positions to extract additional income from ordinary citizens. But the blame should not be placed solely on the shoulders of public officials – exploiting institutional failures, citizens would also offer bribes to get preferential treatment or to speed up the process.Read more...
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