Case Study

The Journey towards Effective Citizen Participation in Kenya

Ian Gatere, Elgeyo Marakwet County, roughly 329km northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is a richly varied county. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 2,400 meters above sea level, and is home to high altitude running camps that have produced a great number of world champion distance runners. It is here in this pristine running environment that CIPE, together with the Kerio Center for Community Development and Human Rights (KCCDHR), is helping devolved democratic governance to take root. Read more…

Building a Shared Vision for Economic Reform in Yemen

Ali Ayadi, Matthew Goodwin, Following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled a decades-long authoritarian regime, Yemen began transitioning to democracy. The uprising was largely in response to the systemic failure of the previous regime to adopt policies capable of generating economic opportunity. Read more…

Giving the Private Sector in Afghanistan a Voice in Policymaking

Teodora Mihaylova, The objective of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Afghanistan has been to advance democracy by building the infrastructure for informed and effective public-private dialogue. Read more…

Corporate Governance in Family-Owned Companies in Pakistan

Moin Fudda, Family-owned firms face a unique set of challenges that are rooted in an organizational structure that prevents these enterprises from attracting and retaining high quality human capital, obtaining lower cost debt and equity capital, and ensuring long term competitiveness and sustainability. The recent growth in family-owned enterprises, which are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, has created a demand for tools will help these companies be more competitive. Read more…

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

Marc Schleifer, Maiko Nakagaki, Since the 1980s, a remarkable transformation has been underway in Bangladesh. Once the scene of chronic famine, the country is now food self-sufficient, and its economy has averaged around 6 percent growth in recent years. In the process, a booming, export-oriented garment sector has generated employment opportunities for urban women, and microfinance has emerged as a way to channel loans to rural women entrepreneurs. Read more…

Formalizing Public-Private Dialogue with the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector in Senegal

Teodora Mihaylova, Erica Poff, As Senegal’s largest and most representative and well-organized business association, l’Union Nationale des Commerçants et Industriels du Senegal (UNACOIS) has played a significant role in the country’s policymaking process in recent years. This case study identifies two key achievements. First, the Senegalese government adopted the association’s recommendations to reform the national tax code, Le Code General des Impots du Senegal, which established a more uniform, equitable, and proportional tax code for the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. Read more…

Combating Corruption through Collective Action in Armenia

Teodora Mihaylova, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) partnered with the Association for Foreign Investment and Cooperation (AFIC) in 2006 to establish a grassroots coalition of business associations and chambers of commerce, known as the Business Advocacy Network (BAN), with the aim of improving the environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia. Read more…

Tackling the Supply Side of Corruption in Thailand

John Morrell, Corruption is widespread in Thailand, hindering business activity and impeding economic growth. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Thailand ranks 102 out of 177 countries and territories. Read more…

Achieving Democratic Gains through Corporate Governance in Palestine

Stephen Rosenlund, Hisham Awartani, Since its establishment in 2011 as the first independent civil society organization devoted wholly to the promotion of good corporate governance in Palestine, the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) has created and expanded the space for democratic dialogue and debate in the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza). The keys to PGI’s success have been a commitment to strong internal governance, a focus on assessing and understanding its constituencies’ challenges, and a strategy of helping private sector actors achieve reforms that have a multiplier effect on society. Read more…

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