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Improving the Corporate Governance Framework and Transparency in Publicly Owned Enterprises of Kosovo

In 2006, the Riinvest Institute for Development Research completed the project ‘Improving the Corporate Governance Framework and Transparency in Publicly Owned Enterprises in Kosovo. This project aimed at introducing and publicizing for the first time in Kosovo modern concepts of corporate governance based on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Principles, and analysing the gap that exists between these principles and the current state of corporate governance in Publicly Owned Enterprises (POEs). Read more…

Entrepreneurship Development and National Youth Policy of Pakistan

130 students, young entrepreneurs, and decision‐makers came together to develop the following policy recommendations for the draft National Youth Policy of Pakistan at a conference organized by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), and the Ministry of Youth Affairs. The Youth Conference, which focused on entrepreneurship development, was the first‐ever opportunity for youth in Pakistan to provide feedback directly to policymakers. Read more…

Strengthening Local Democracy in Russia: the Case for Business Associations

When Russia began its transition to a private enterprise economy, one of the most pressing challenges was to develop a strong small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. Small private firms and entrepreneurial energy were vitally needed to stimulate the economy and create jobs in place of contracting state-owned enterprises.1 They are equally needed today for the development of a healthy civil society upon which democracy depends. Voices of independent business are rising to counter the increased government ownership and control of the economy embodied in “state capitalism.” Read more…

The Public Governance System: Building Dream Cities in the Philippines

Kim Eric Bettcher, On August 30, 2007, the mayors of three Philippine cities proudly reported to the third Public Governance Forum on some remarkable changes occurring in their cities of Marikina, San Fernando, and Tagbilaran. These cities are becoming more competitive, more livable, and more responsive to the aspirations of their citizens. The changes in each city are the product of a common vision – a vision developed through consultation and realized through sound planning methods. Read more…

The Corporate Governance Guide: Family-Owned Companies

Pakistan has been experiencing phenomenal economic growth in the past few years, leading to a sizeable increase in the number of unlisted companies, particularly family-owned organizations. The Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan has recently reported that the total number of non-listed companies has now surpassed the 50,000 mark, in counterpoint to the 5,000 or so companies registered in 2007. The sharp growth in such companies is fueling the growth of Pakistan’s private sector, making good governance even more important for businesses. Read more…

Return of the Left and the Future of Reform in Latin America

This book is designed to help define our collective vision of the future of Latin America in the next five years. As a strategic planning tool, it is more of a broad, general strategy than a highly specific, detailed work plan. We can use it interactively as circumstances change throughout the region. Read more…

Middle East and North Africa Reform: Rooted in Economic and Political Ground

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, John D. Sullivan, Cairo. Crowded roads and bustling sidewalks. Giant billboards fl ash the logos of top global brands and shiny new office towers and upscale shopping malls rise up to the sky. This is a familiar scene throughout most of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Spurred by record oil-derived revenues, lavish investments catch a visitor’s eye. But from street level the same city looks much diff erent: scores of young people are unable to fi nd work, petty traders eke out living in the informal sector, women face unequal opportunities for employment. Read more…

Building Women in Business: A Situation Analysis of Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

Women’s economic empowerment is an inevitable part of development discourse. Excluding women from the mainstream development program, institutionalization of a sustainable development process is just unthinkable. People’s long lasting thrust for a participatory democracy in Bangladesh also requires a sustainable economic growth. Nevertheless, this growth would always be untouchable without active and meaningful participation of the country’s women folks. Read more…

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