Strategies for Policy Reform Volume 3

Kim Bettcher, Teodora Mihaylova, Julie Johnson, Case Studies in Achieving Democracy That Delivers Through Better Governance Major global trends are changing the way we approach international assistance and policy reform. Private sector-led growth has produced enormous opportunities, even as market freedom and access to opportunity remain uneven. Political upheaval has raised hopes for democratic freedoms, yet freedom too often is undermined by poor governance. Read more…

Combating Corruption through Collective Action in Armenia

Teodora Mihaylova, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) partnered with the Association for Foreign Investment and Cooperation (AFIC) in 2006 to establish a grassroots coalition of business associations and chambers of commerce, known as the Business Advocacy Network (BAN), with the aim of improving the environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia. Read more…

Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE launches new office in Lagos, Nigeria; CIPE hosts six mentees from KnowHow Mentorship program in Washington, DC; CIPE Pakistan Deputy Director Hammad Siddiqui trains journalists on effective social media use

Weekly Update: Southeast Europe & the Caucasus

Armenia – On June 7, a group of Armenian businesspeople representing various business associations and chambers of commerce visited CIPE headquarters in Washington, DC, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, to learn about CIPE’s approach to working with the private sector and recent CIPE programming in the Caucasus.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

CIPE Update for the week of February 3, 2012.

Armenia Property Markets Scorecard: Conditions for Small Business

Property rights are among the most fundamental principles enshrined in Article 17 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and constitutionally protected in most states. Despite this worldwide legal recognition of the importance of property rights to building peaceful, democratic, and prosperous societies, access to and protection of property rights vary greatly in practice. Read more…

Programs in Southeast Europe & the Caucasus

Throughout Southeast Europe and the Caucasus, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) works with business organizations to develop important skills for engaging successfully in the policymaking process and building sustainable networks to promote crucial reforms. CIPE supports local networks of think tanks, civil society organizations, and business associations to engage in an open and transparent public-private dialogue to improve the business climate for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Read more…

Overseas REPORT Winter 2011

OverseasREPORT is CIPE's quarterly newsletter. Read more…

Combating Corruption: A Private Sector Approach

The participation of the private sector in the fight against corruption is key to success. The most effective anti-corruption programs engage the private sector in institutional reforms that promote competitive markets and good governance. The business community can take positive action both in the public arena – by advancing legal and regulatory reforms and transparency in government – and in the private sector – through improved corporate governance, better information, and voluntary standards. Read more…

Fighting Corruption Through Tax Reform

Ngozika Amalu, After the fall of the Soviet Union, a lack of transparency and accountability in the Armenian fiscal system, together with unclear and duplicative terms of taxation, allowed officials to manipulate the system while placing businesses in constant violation of ambiguous laws. Abuse of tax laws in Armenia seriously impaired the business and investment environment and stalled the democratic process. Read more…


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