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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...
CIPE: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), or corporate citizenship, is becoming increasingly instrumental in defining the role of business in society. However, the debate over business’ responsibility is far from resolved. What are the main issues that companies face?
Mr. Young: My immediate response is that companies can sometimes sidestep the debate. Why should companies engage in the debate, as well as actively consider the implications of it, when making business decisions? This is a very important question and, unfortunately, often there are not many factors to which companies can relate from a business perspective. But, there are some.Read more...
One way to approach the complex challenges of post-conflict reconstruction is to view the process as a balancing act of providing sufficient humanitarian relief without compromising longer-term development objectives. These longer-term objectives include the development of institutions – both physical infrastructure and social structures and mechanisms – that allow free market democracy to take root. Ultimately, the success of countries in building democratic governance and providing economic opportunities will be the determining factor in achieving prosperity, peace, and sustainability.Read more...
Commenting on the 2002 World Championships in basketball, a Serbian sports journalist could not help but notice that the two finalists – the national teams of Argentina and FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) – had more in common than being the best teams in the competition. The journalist was quick to point out the irony that the two best teams in the world represented countries crippled by the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
The journalist may have been correct in highlighting similarities between these two countries in terms of the developmental challenges they face. The problem with his comment, however, was that it was based on perceptions, not on thorough analysis of economic and political institutions. In fact, he could have not been further away from the truth in blaming the World Bank and the IMF for the development challenges of the two countries.Read more...
At the heart of every governance system is a board (or boards) of corporate directors, charged with directing and overseeing corporate affairs. If one views the board as an institution of control through representation, one must recognize a multitude of its possible organizational arrangements. Just as a variety of mechanisms of political representation—from different structures of parliamentary bodies through different requirements for political representation to different election procedures—is compatible with a genuine political governance, so is a variety of different arrangements of corporate boards compatible with a genuine business governance. A particular arrangement tends to reflect historical, socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors unique to a particular country much the same way its political governance system does.Read more...
The Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (Confecámaras)
The Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (Confecámaras) was founded in 1969 at the initiative of local chambers of commerce in the country. Today, Confecámaras coordinates a 57-member network of chambers throughout Colombia. It represents business interests on the national level, provides research and consulting assistance to the business community, and coordinates training and institutional support for the organizations under its umbrella. Since 1999, CIPE has worked with Confecámaras on a variety of issues, notably corporate governance reform and anti-corruption initiatives.Read more...
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