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Declaration of Commitment to Liberty and Prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe

As the countries of Central and Eastern Europe embarked on a program of ambitious democratic and market reforms at the end of the 20th century, there was a powerful sense of optimism about building a stronger, more united and freer Europe. But in recent years, doubts have arisen about the region’s performance in the face of ongoing governance challenges, including persistent corruption. It was clear that action needed to be taken. Read more…

The Role of the Private Sector in Improving Public Services in Arab Nations

Dr. Patrick Mardini, Most people in the Arab world believe that the state has a fundamental obligation to supply goods and services that they qualify as consider to be public services, such as health care, education, solid waste treatment, electricity, roads, and other infrastructure. The list also includes goods and services in “strategic industries” such as telecommunications, aviation, military, agriculture, and the extraction of natural resources. Arab citizens tend to view the state as a guardian angel with the primary responsibility of supplying life’s necessities. Read more…

Democratic Backsliding in Bulgaria

Petar Ganev, Political Landscape in Bulgaria Read more…

How Good Governance Got a Bad Name – and Why Governance Still Matters

Kim Bettcher, Since the rise of governance on the development agenda in the 1990s, followed by the proliferation of governance programs, a chorus of skepticism has emerged over the efficacy of governance work.[1] Scholars like Merilee Grindle and Brian Levy caution us that the governance agenda today—encompassing public administration, rule of law, and accountability to citizens—has become “inflated” and “counterproductive.”[2] These scholars question the wisdom of donors and development practitioners who push their governance wish Read more…

Threats to Democracy in Slovakia

Peter Goliaš, Jozef Hajko, and Michal Piško, Introduction In 1989, communist regimes crumbled in Central Europe. To a large extent, it was due to communism’s inability to keep pace with the economic development seen in the democratic world. A standard of living, which was lagging behind, was an important cause of dissatisfaction among people in the region. The process of catching up started with the transition to democracy and market economy. Read more…

Democratic and Economic Development in the Digital Era

Maiko Nakagaki, New opportunities in the interconnected world Read more…

Development Evaluation at a Key Inflection Point

Denise Baer, Is development evaluation at an inflection point in 2017? Jane Reisman and Veronica Olazabel, authors of the newly released Rockefeller Foundation Report Situating the Next Generation of Impact Measurement and Evaluation for Impact Investing, say it is. Read more…

Drivers of Violent Extremism

Jessica Jones, Extremist violence presents a serious threat to democratic values and societies around the world. The last decade has witnessed increased attention on how and why individuals become involved in extremist violence, including examining “push” and “pull” factors. Structural “push” factors create conditions that foster the rise or spread in appeal of violent extremism (VE). Read more…

Business Sector Takes Action to Fight Corruption in Ukraine

Anna Kompanek, When it comes to corruption, the news from Ukraine is rarely good. EuroMaidan protests fueled by public outcry over kleptocracy on a massive scale led to the ouster of President Yanukovych in 2014. The protests led people to be optimistic about Ukraine’s future and there was genuine hope the corruption would be addressed. Since then, Ukraine has made progress on anti-corruption reforms but the veracity of these efforts remains in question. Read more…

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