Democratic governance – the decision-making processes that translate citizens’ preferences into policy actions – is a crucial component of ensuring that democracy delivers. Between elections, citizens must have avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Strong democratic governance is characterized by transparency, open dialogue, efficient regulation, and effective rule of law.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was founded on the idea that political and economic freedoms are intertwined, and helps strengthen institutions of government accountability, with a focus on engaging the private sector in public policy discourse. Though its programs and partners, CIPE also supports the understanding of democratic freedoms and values among officials, businesspeople, and the public.
Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE strives to improve policy processes and make democracy work through programs that:
- Engage citizens and the private sector in policy dialogue.
- Promote open debate and greater transparency in the policy making process.
- Improve local governance through administrative reform and public-private engagement.
- Educate legislators about economic policy alternatives and support economic platform development by political parties.
- Assist democratic transitions through constitutional reform processes and institution building.
- Access to Information
- Business Association Development
- Combating Corruption
- Corporate Citizenship (CSR)
- Corporate Governance
- Democratic Governance
- Informal Sector & Property Rights
- Legal & Regulatory Reform
- Middle East & North Africa
- Latin America & the Caribbean
- South Asia
Helping Build Democracy that Delivers: How CIPE Fosters Democracy Abroad
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Barriers to Participation: The Informal Sector in Emerging Democracies
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