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Democracy in Action: International Day of Democracy

In recognition of International Day of Democracy on September 15, this issue of Democracy in Action focuses on CIPE’s efforts around the world to support and expand democratic governance. Between free and fair elections, citizens need avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Many democracies are facing pressure to deliver citizens’ needs for social services and economic opportunity. Read more…

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE Senior Program Officer for Africa Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu facilitated a two-day workshop for the Board of Directors of CIPE partner the Kenya Association of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) in Nakuru. In addition, CIPE held meetings with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, National Taxpayers Association, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Catholic University of East Africa, and the British High Commission.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) held their annual Board meeting during which they reviewed the organization’s success in advocating for policy and regulatory reforms. For example, KEPSA successfully advocated for a reduction in the time required to register property from 73 to 12 days, and the time necessary for companies to pay various taxes from seven days to one day.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network organized a high-level business roundtable to discuss the findings of its field survey on credit access challenges faced by women and other micro and small enterprise entrepreneurs. Chief among the reasons found were unreasonable criteria for eligibility, inability to provide collateral due to a lack of property rights, and very high interest rates.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE Program Officer Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu met with partners the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and the Institute of Economic Affairs to explore opportunities for linkages among partners engaged in similar work. Benson and Kiragu also met with representatives from the Catholic University of East Africa, African Management Initiative, and USAID.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE partner the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) presented its draft National Business Agenda (NBA) to its Board of Governors and entire membership for approval at KEPSA’s 10th Annual General Meeting. The NBA was developed with CIPE support and will be the basis for KEPSA’s five year advocacy and business strategy. CIPE is working with KEPSA to strengthen the private sector’s ability to engage the government in policymaking and accountability at the national and county levels.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE partner in Ethiopia launches new Youth and Women’s Business Unit; CIPE partner holds entrepreneurship training program in Venezuela; CIPE partner in Pakistan conducts annual conference with more than 100 business leaders

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE partner the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Security Sector Board, led by its Chairman Vimal Shah, met the National Inspector General (IG) of Police David Kimaiyo to discuss issues affecting the private sector. KEPSA has identified poor security among other issues as key challenges to the business environment in a National Business Agenda created with CIPE support.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE partner releases monitoring report on government fiscal policy in Moldova; CIPE partner hosts seminar on corporate governance in Pakistan, CIPE partner in Bolivia releases annual report on the Bolivian economy

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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Founder of CIPE partner the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) Selima Ahmad wins 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award; CIPE leads training program on leadership for students in Azerbaijan; CIPE organizes a focus group meeting on value chain compliance practices in Pakistan

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