Democratic Governance

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.

Read more about CIPE's democratic governance programs.

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The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) delivers extensive experience and tools from three decades of engagement in democratic and market reforms. Its seasoned experts produce real world results through the implementation of workable, cost-effective, business-led solutions to complex policy and governance issues.

Working with the private sector provides CIPE with a unique perspective for developing solutions to democratic and economic challenges. CIPE’s on-the-ground expertise and innovative partnerships generate “policy laboratories” that yield tools and approaches that are models in the development field.

CIPE implements programs across four areas of focus: Enterprise Ecosystems, Business Advocacy, Democratic Governance, and Anti-Corruption & Ethics. These programs build the foundations of democratic, market-oriented systems and create opportunities for citizens from many walks of life.

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  • History and contemporary political and economic systems show that democracy and capital markets share many characteristics, principles, and parallel institutions.
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