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In this interview, Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) Ann Bernstein discusses the development paths of India, Brazil, and South Africa and what the experiences of these countries tell us about whether a democratic market-based alternative to increasingly popular authoritarian approaches is emerging in the developing world. Bernstein also discusses the challenges facing these democracies and the reforms needed to strengthen them.Read more...
The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) entered the new millennium saddled with a number of intricate challenges. The most thorny of these is how to register high enough economic growth rates in the coming years in order to absorb the nearly 25 million unemployed in the region, as well as generate an additional five million new jobs annually for the new entrants to the labor market. Failing to do so, the region is likely to find itself facing tens of millions of disgruntled workers and the ensuing social and political unrest. In order to avert this unenviable situation, it is imperative that the region encourages investment.Read more...
Corporate governance has taken root in development financing institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Th e Asian financial crisis of 1997 was a turning point for countries in the regions, stressing the need not just for corporate reform in the business community, but also the need for reforms in national development financing institutions (DFIs).Read more...
Reviving an economic base is one of the first priorities in the wake of war. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are crucial to resuscitating society and fighting the devastation of poverty that war leaves behind. Increasingly, women are joining men in creating their own ventures. Not only is their work helping to reach the most vulnerable parts of society – women supporting their own households – but their businesses are also contributing to their countries’ progress at an important time.Read more...
Democracy and free enterprise ideas are under attack in Latin America. Despite countless efforts toward reforming economic and political institutions to promote economic freedom, many of these reforms have been perceived as “recipes” imposed by international financial organizations and foreign governments - a costly misperception exacerbated by the top-down approach used to develop public policies that are designed and debated exclusively by technocrats.Read more...
The federal fiscal system in Argentina is in a state of disrepair. Rather than providing equality, transparency, and stability for Argentina’s federal and provincial governments, the system exacerbates the country’s pervasive inequalities, corrupt practices, and instability. One of the reasons for the failures of the fiscal system is lack of civil society participation in the policymaking process.Read more...
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