Democracy in Action: Legal and Regulatory Reform

Legal & Regulatory Reform

In many countries, poorly designed, duplicative, or unnecessary laws and regulations create roadblocks for entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their businesses. Such regulations create opportunities for corruption and deter businesses from registering, forcing them into the informal sector where they do not have access to legal protections or the finance they need to grow. CIPE's unique approach to legal and regulatory reform helps private sector associations become a voice of business in public policy debate, so that entrepreneurs can jointly identify problem areas and work with governments toward concrete solutions.

Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue:
An Advocacy Approach

Public-private dialogue strengthens policymaking by incorporating valuable private input and creating momentum for reform. For dialogue to be most productive, the private sector must take initiative to advocate for its priorities in a participatory policy process. This toolkit aids business leaders who seek to improve their participation in dialogue for better policy results. Download the toolkit.

Lessons from Moldova’s Transition: The Importance of Transparent Public-Private Policy Dialogue

By Dr. Veaceslav Ionita
In April 2009, flawed elections in Moldova triggered the so-called “Twitter revolution,” a wave of public protests made up primarily of young people that put Moldova in the global spotlight. As in the recent uprisings across the Middle East, the sources of Moldova’s widespread discontent were both political and economic in nature. Read the rest of this article.

Five Ways to Use Social Media for Economic Reform and Democracy Advocacy

By Jon Custer
One year after the Arab Spring, where emerging technologies like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs are thought to have played a crucial role, many organizations are asking themselves how social media can best be used to shape debates and organize for advocacy in developing and emerging market countries. Read the rest of this article.

Energy Sector Short-Circuiting Economic Growth in Lebanon

By Jon Custer
The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is a rough road. But it also serves as a vital economic lifeline between the two countries, whose trade is valued at some $3 billion annually — equal to about 15% of Afghanistan’s GDP. However, many legitimate businesses still find it difficult to navigate the complex web of regulations, bureaucracy, and corruption which hamper legal trading across a frontier best known as a conduit for smuggling drugs and weapons. Read the rest of this story.

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