Africa

CIPE’s efforts in Africa over the last 25 years have helped business associations, civil society groups, and think tanks gain the capacity to advocate more effectively. Recognizing their importance in the economic and political development of the continent, CIPE’s work with informal, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises has led to legal and regulatory reforms that create a more conducive business environment and help create more democratic societies across Africa.

Program Highlights in Africa

  • CIPE works with its Nigerian partners to support anti-corruption initiatives and help build the private sector’s capacity to tackle corruption. CIPE is supporting Nigeria’s private sector to combat corruption in regulatory agencies.
  • CIPE supported civil society groups to promote greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries sector. In Ghana, CIPE partnered with the Institute of Economic Affairs to strengthen the ability of an independent watchdog group to accurately monitor oil and gas expenditures, revenues, and contracts.
  • In Uganda, CIPE partnered with the Kitara Heritage Development Agency to raise awareness on how oil production will impact the private sector in the oil-producing region of Bunyoro.

Read more about CIPE's programs in Africa.

Publication by Region

Building a Better Business Environment for Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs through Technology-Enabled Advocacy Efforts

Article at a glance:

  • CIPE partnered with the largest coalition of women’s business and professional associations in Nigeria, the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), to increase the organization’s capacity to integrate useful, low-cost information and communication technologies (ICTs) into its upcoming national advocacy efforts.
  • Taking into consideration Nigeria’s limiting technological environment, including low bandwidth and frequent power outages, CIPE delivered a training workshop focused on how to use mobile and online tools to improve data collection, research, and communications. The tools selected were based on ease of use and accessibility with free and low-cost solutions being preferable.
  • Easiness to navigate and low costs were key reasons for ANWBN members to adopt and integrate some of the tools that were taught from CIPE’s workshop.

Carrots Before Sticks: Motivating Mid-Sized Businesses in Emerging Markets to Launch Compliance Programs

Article at a glance:

  • Corruption is primarily an institutional issue and combating it requires proactively preventing corrupt practices through supply- and demand-side reforms.
  • Collective action and anti-corruption compliance are practical approaches that reform-minded businesses can use to build a critical mass of companies committed to operating with integrity.
  • Companies in emerging markets can greatly benefit from improving their anti-corruption practices, which makes them more attractive business partners in global value chains.

The Journey towards Effective Citizen Participation in Kenya

Elgeyo Marakwet County, roughly 329km northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is a richly varied county.

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