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Informal Sector & Property Rights

The informal economy comprises half to three-quarters of all non-agricultural employees in developing countries. In countries with large informal sectors, business activities go unrecorded, taxes are not paid, opportunities for corruption are rampant, and many citizens are not able to participate in public policymaking. Informality is a symptom of underlying institutional problems. To harness the capital locked in the informal sector, governments must offer incentives that encourage entrepreneurs to formalize, such as a simplified business registration process. Read more…

Women's Empowerment Programs

Women comprise half of the world’s population, perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, and constitute between 60 and 80 percent of the manufacturing workforce in developing countries. In addition, women business owners make up the majority of entrepreneurs in the informal sector and a large share of the micro-enterprise sector. Yet, despite their extraordinary contributions to socio-economic development, women continue to be marginalized in many countries around the world. Read more…

Programs in 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 lead to legal and regulatory reforms that create a more conducive business environment and help create more democratic societies across Africa. Read more…

Entrepreneurship Programs

Entrepreneurship is the creative force of economic development. Entrepreneurs create new goods and services and develop innovative solutions. They also play a vital role in the development of democracy. Entrepreneurship expands opportunity, unleashes individual initiative, and cultivates independent citizens who have a stake in society and democratic governance. It plays a key role in building not just prosperous economies but democracies that deliver opportunity to their citizens. Read more…

Youth Programs

With young people leading democratic reform efforts around the world, CIPE's youth programs empower and engage youth as the political and business leaders of tomorrow. For progress and reform to take hold, young people must play an active role in advancing democratic and market-oriented reform. Even though their engagement is vital in formulating effective public policy, youth are too often excluded from political and economic policymaking. Read more…

Access to Information Programs

Democracies and market economies can function at full capacity only when they embrace the idea of free and unfettered access to information for citizens and leaders alike. Equality in access to information fosters equal access to opportunity and ensures that democracies are able to deliver. Transparency in governance and economic transactions, which sustains informed citizen choices, is a pillar of political economic freedom. Read more…

Programs in 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. Read more…

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Center for International Private Enterprise
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