Building a Shared Vision for Economic Reform in Yemen

Ali Ayadi, Matthew Goodwin, Following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled a decades-long authoritarian regime, Yemen began transitioning to democracy. The uprising was largely in response to the systemic failure of the previous regime to adopt policies capable of generating economic opportunity. Read more…

Weekly Report: Middle East and North Africa

Egypt – Staff from CIPE’s Egypt office and partner the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES) participated in social media training in advance of CIPE and ECES’s “What If” project. “What If” aims to facilitate evidence-based debate on business and economic issues in Egypt. The project is centered on the dissemination, through social media, of economic facts and figures in a concise, timely and digestible daily release for the media and general public.

Weekly Update: Global


CIPE-supported public-private dialogue encourages improved access to credit for Nigerian businesswomen; CIPE leads civil society workshop in Yemen; CIPE initiates development of a provincial business agenda in Afghanistan’s Balkh province

Weekly Update: Multiregional

Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellow Narayan Adhikari discussed his experiences with American democracy during his tenure in the United States (, Program Assistant for Africa Ryan Musser used the metaphor of the wheelbarrow to explain Sudanese rent-seeking (

Weekly Update: MENA

Yemen – Private Sector Taskforce President Ahmed Bazara attended a Ramadan breakfast meeting hosted by new U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller. In attendance were Yemeni Deputy Minister of Finance Hossam Sharjabi and members of the Yemeni executive branch Amat-Alim Alsoswa and Raafat Alokhali, as well as representatives from the private sector and the government. During the meeting, attendees discussed the economic situation in Yemen and potential ways to promote economic cooperation between the United States and Yemen.

Weekly Update: MENA

Yemen – On April 24, President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued a decree setting up a national authority to monitor the implementation of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) outcomes. The new committee will work to ensure that the provisions of NDC are implemented on the ground. Ahmed Bazara and Ali Saif Hassan Saleh, two members from the Private Sector Vision Taskforce formed under a CIPE-supported initiative, were selected to be part of the 82-member committee.

Weekly Update: MENA

Yemen – From September 14-16, CIPE supported Yemen’s private sector leaders to convene a Constitutional Transition Workshop in Sana’a, Yemen. Private sector leaders along with participants representing civil society, the judiciary, finance, and academia identified institutions and processes that must be established by Yemen’s new constitution to support democracy, stability, and economic development.

Weekly Update: MENA

Egypt – CIPE and the Institute of Corporate Governance, in partnership with the Egyptian Business Development Association, conducted a workshop for family businesses on corporate governance, held in Al Gouna. Twenty-four chairmen and CEOs of family businesses participated in the three-day workshop to discuss benefits of corporate governance for family business, formation of the boards of directors, formation of family assemblies, family councils, and developing family constitutions.

Weekly Update: MENA

Lebanon – CIPE partner the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA), in partnership with Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), convened a training workshop for 20 high school economics teachers from throughout Lebanon. DPNA and CERD trained the teachers in how to most effectively deliver the DPNA-designed Entrance to Enterprise (E2E) entrepreneurship curriculum to their students. During the workshop, the teachers practiced drafting lesson plans and presenting the E2E curriculum to the other participants.

Weekly Update: MENA

West Bank/Gaza– As part of a CIPE-supported project to strengthen corporate and democratic governance, the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) gave a detailed presentation on the 2014 budget formulated and approved by the Palestinian National Authority. PGI provided a comprehensive analysis of the budget, including an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. The presentation was part of a high-profile event organized by Transparency Palestine.


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