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Background on CIPE

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics. Read more…

Programs in Nigeria

CIPE has supported business associations, civil society groups, and think tanks in Nigeria for more than 25 years to strengthen the private sector’s active participation in the democratic process. Since 2008, CIPE has worked with business and professional associations across all six geopolitical zones and Abuja to build the capacity of the private sector at the state and grassroots level to promote policy and regulatory reform, advocate for a more enabling business environment, and contribute to democratic governance. Read more…

CIPE Internship Flyer

Over the past 30 years, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) has been committed to supporting youth leadership around the world. The CIPE Internship Program, available three terms each year, is designed to provide hands-on experience for students and recent graduates considering a career in international development and public service. Interns will gain exposure to the world of foreign policy in Washington, DC through the lens of a non-profit organization committed to global democratic and economic reform. Read more…

Informal Sector & Property Rights

The informal economy comprises half to three-quarters of all non-agricultural employees in developing countries. In countries with large informal sectors, business activities go unrecorded, taxes are not paid, opportunities for corruption are rampant, and many citizens are not able to participate in public policymaking. Informality is a symptom of underlying institutional problems. To harness the capital locked in the informal sector, governments must offer incentives that encourage entrepreneurs to formalize, such as a simplified business registration process. Read more…

Programs in Eurasia

Across Europe and Eurasia, sharp distinctions have emerged between countries striving to make progress on democratic and economic reform, and those marked by anti-democratic tendencies. In countries with closing democratic space, CIPE works with its partners to use economic and business issues as a wedge to encourage dialogue and debate where other organizations lack the ability to operate. Read more…

Programs in South Asia

Despite relatively open electoral systems and high levels of public participation, emerging democracies in South Asia have struggled to consolidate. Institutional flaws, weak governance, and entrenched interests have prevented democracy from delivering for all citizens. Read more…

Programs in Southeast Europe & the Caucasus

Throughout Southeast Europe and the Caucasus, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) works with business organizations to develop important skills for engaging successfully in the policymaking process and building sustainable networks to promote crucial reforms. CIPE supports local networks of think tanks, civil society organizations, and business associations to engage in an open and transparent public-private dialogue to improve the business climate for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Read more…

Women's Empowerment Programs

Women comprise half of the world’s population, perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, and constitute between 60 and 80 percent of the manufacturing workforce in developing countries. In addition, women business owners make up the majority of entrepreneurs in the informal sector and a large share of the micro-enterprise sector. Yet, despite their extraordinary contributions to socio-economic development, women continue to be marginalized in many countries around the world. Read more…

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