Latin America & the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, CIPE programs have been empowering citizens with the insight and skills needed to participate in the political process and address key democratic challenges. CIPE has helped youth to understand the importance of democracy and a market economy and to acquire the skills necessary for becoming successful leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. Online platforms have become a powerful tool for CIPE partners to convey vital information and galvanize dialogue about reform.

Regional Program Highlights

  • 3.4 million Paraguayans viewed or listened to two Presidential debates organized by the Development in Democracy Foundation (DENDE), 71 percent of whom said they were hearing the candidates’ economic policy proposals for the first time.
  • The RevistaPerspectiva.com web platform has educated over 50,000 citizens in the region on current democratic and market-oriented policy trends; over 4,000 have engaged in discussions on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • The Ecuadorian Institute of Political Economy (IEEP) launched Emprendedores Ecuatorianos, an educational program promoting entrepreneurship, democracy, and free market values. Nearly 50 university students from rural Ecuador participated in the pilot program, which is modeled on EmprendeAhora in Peru.

Read more about CIPE's programs in Latin America & the Caribbean.

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Latin America and the Caribbean

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Latin America and the Caribbean Weekly Updates

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Supporting Women’s Entrepreneurship Around the World

Article at a glance

  • Through associations, businesswomen can come together to address the social and economic challenges faced by female entrepreneurs.
  • Developing a successful National Businesswomen’s Agenda requires that associations conduct thorough research to identify social, economic, and cultural hindrances faced by women in the private sector. Sound research will boster associations’ advocacy.
  • Dialogue about women’s empowerment must engage male stakeholders. Involving men in conversations about women’s participation in the economy helps policymakers of both genders understand the importance of the legislative solutions being proposed, while also encouraging the challenge of social norms.

Presidential Debates Ignite Policy Dialogue in Paraguay

In 2008, Paraguay’s political system emerged from 60 years of one-party rule when the Electoral Alliance won the elections and ousted the Colorado Party from power. With the end of the single five-year term of President Fernando Lugo in sight, elections were scheduled for April 2013. The upcoming presidential elections presented the perfect opportunity for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Development in Democracy Foundation (DENDE) to strengthen democratic governance in Paraguay. CIPE and DENDE conducted a nationwide survey to gauge public opinion on the most pressing issues for voters and organized two televised presidential debates where the leading candidates presented their policy agendas to the electorate and engaged in a discussion on the issues. The presidential debates ignited genuine policy dialogue in Paraguay for the first time, while informing over 3.4 million voters and strengthening the country’s fragile democracy in the process.

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