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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...
In his interview with CIPE, Francis Fukuyama discusses the importance of having a strong, efficient state and talks about the development agenda in the light of his recent work, State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century. This book builds on the idea that there are two crucial dimensions of the state, scope and strength, and evaluates the challenges of state-building and finding the right balance between the two dimensions.Read more...
Afghanistan’s current development agenda is part of a reconstruction process that is intertwined with the elements of state-building – physical reconstruction, national security, political stability, and human rights issues. A major weakness of the current state-building/reconstruction process is its lack of emphasis on Afghan ownership. So far, external influence and engagement have been dominant, both in policy design and policy implementation. To this point, policy has been made behind closed doors, and there is no transparency in communicating subsequent policies to the Afghan public.Read more...
Economic theory has developed two basic views of corruption, one that considers corruption to be exogenous and the other endogenous to the political process. Applying either theoretical view, three basic types of corruption can be identified: corruption for the acceleration of processes, administrative corruption, and “state capture.” While in most cases, corruption can be attributed to rent appropriation, self-interested individuals seeking to maximize their own personal welfare as well as complicated, ambiguous, and unenforceable laws are also to blame.Read more...
As the competition for foreign investment is heating up, the functionality of legal systems increasingly plays a central role in determining countries’ ability to attract and retain foreign capital. A functional legal system is not only key in building economic foundations, it is also crucial in safeguarding democratic values. However, in many developing countries legal systems are marred by inconsistencies, and newly written laws frequently fail to properly address the issues they should. This gap between policy design and policy implementation is largely due to weakness in the rule of law – a governing structure dependent on the consistent and systematic applications of legal rules. Although “rule of law” is frequently cited in the development field today, few understand it well at the level of implementation. This article sketches the essential framework of a functioning democratic society based on rule of law and highlights successful private sector-led approaches to building such societies.
Public participation in Egypt has historically been attached to the issue of national liberation, an issue of highest priority until the evacuation of British forces in the 1950s. But the perennially low rates of participation since that time must be explained by a number of socioeconomic and political factors, including cultural and historical traditions, economic barriers, the limited reach of international civil society groups, and the lack of modern examples of popular, if not democratic, participation in Egyptian public life. Encouraging citizens to participate in decision-making is a multidimensional issue that is complicated by the interaction between these various elements. Some progress is already occurring, thanks to globalization and increasing efforts among Egypt’s leadership to open the political process. Changing Egypt into a participatory society, however, will require further fundamental adjustments to the legislative framework, new approaches to education and the media, an improved economic situation, and the establishment of transparency and accountability in Egypt’s institutions to win the trust of the Egyptian people.Read more...
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