South Asia

CIPE is working to advance democratic and economic reform in South Asia in a range of programmatic areas. These include strengthening mechanisms of public and corporate governance to help stem corruption, empowering women and youth through business associations and entrepreneurship training programs, and bringing new and independent voices to key policy debates in the region’s consolidating democracies.

Working on these issues will enable CIPE to create a strong network of individuals and groups throughout the region who are dedicated to reform.

Program Highlights in the South Asia Region

  • With support from the British High Commission in Islamabad, CIPE spearheaded the launch of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), to promote economic cooperation between these countries. CIPE is providing technical assistance to develop PAJCCI’s board and staff and advice on advocacy approaches to improve cross-border trade.
  • CIPE’s roundtable with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce on “The Role of the Private Sector in Reducing Corruption” was widely attended by representatives of the private sector, key government agencies, and the media and was a rare public discussion of cooperation between the government and business on the issue of corruption.
  • In Afghanistan, in cooperation with the National Center for Policy Research, CIPE held a major conference with business and government leaders to focus on improving the country’s business climate.

Read more about CIPE's programs in South Asia.

News by Region

Weekly Update: South Asia

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Publication by Region

Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship in Nepal

In 2006, Nepal emerged from a decade long insurgency and centuries-old monarchical governance. The country was undergoing a transition to democracy, characterized by elections and the adoption of a new constitution. Recognizing an opening in this new political context Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation was established to start a discourse on issues and agendas that help democracy deliver - a component that has been largely missing during past democratic transitions.

Samriddhi focused on expanding people’s access to economic opportunities primarily through the promotion of entrepreneurship, economic policy reform and improvement of the business environment. In order to strengthen the environment for entrepreneurship, Samriddhi employed a two-pronged approach. First, Samriddhi’s Arthalaya School of Economics and Entrepreneurship program educated and trained hundreds of aspiring university students on topics such as markets and policies and offered participants an opportunity to gain practical entrepreneurial skills. Second, Samriddhi’s initiatives known as the Nepal Economic Growth Agenda (NEGA) aimed to improve the policy environment for entrepreneurship.

International Youth Day Feature Service Articles

As part of celebrating such individuals on International Youth Day, two recent CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS alumnus – Fayyaz Yaseen from Pakistan and Iryna Fedets from Ukraine – analyzed two issues young people care about in their communities: youth unemployment and anti-corruption. In these CIPE Feature Service articles, the two authors explore how to bring about democratic and economic reform changes in their respective countries.

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