Business Association Development

Business associations – including chambers of commerce and trade associations – contribute to economic growth, development, peace, and prosperity. They play a key role in building inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystems and can bolster the ability of firms of all sizes to grow and create jobs. Through associations, the private sector can voice legitimate needs while engaging in a transparent policy reform process.

Voluntary, membership-based associations are microcosms of the democratic process, bringing entrepreneurs together to strengthen market economies. In order to be successful, they need strong internal governance, membership development, financial sustainability, and advocacy skills.

CIPE builds the capacity of associations as the independent voice of the business community. CIPE helps associations advocate for a more competetive economic environment. In countries around the world, CIPE and its local partners are proving that with an informed and participatory approach, business associations can elevate public-private dialogue and facilitate economic growth.

Business Association Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE acts to boost the capacity of business associations in these areas:

  • Strengthen business associations through building sound governance and accountability to members.
  • Promote best practices in association management through executive education, technical assistance, case studies, and toolkits.
  • Facilitate public-private dialogue by uniting the business community around common issues and policy proposals.
  • Provide program models such as the National Business Agenda to assists business associations in creating grassroots-driven campaigns that promote democratic and economic reforms.
  • Educate businesses and policymakers on the importance of participatory policymaking.

Read more about CIPE's work with business associations around the world.

News On This Topic

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Nasarawa Coalition of Business and Professional A

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – The Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations c

Weekly Update: Eurasia

Albania – CIPE Program Officer for Eastern Europe and Eurasia Natalia Otel B

Related Publications

Strengthening Democracy Through Economic Freedoms in Venezuela

For more than 25 years, CIPE has built strong relationships and programs with economic

2013 Annual Report

Around the world, tens of millions of men and women strive every day to improve their lives through private enterpr

OverseasREPORT October 2013

Washington, DC – Effective think tanks can make major contributions to democ

The CIPE Development Blog

In this decade, perhaps the defining story of global significance is the rise of China in the...

“Scientists have discovered an enormous energy source for the world…located in the poorest...

Recent developments concerning property rights violations and popular riots in Venezuela remind us...

CIPE

Center for International Private Enterprise
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-721-9200    Fax: 202-721-9250