Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and the Inclusion of Youth
Please join the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
for a luncheon discussion on:
Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and the Inclusion of Youth
Impact and Lessons from Leadership Programs in Peru and Nepal
Daniel Cordova, Instituto Invertir
Arpita Nepal, Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation
Miriam Kornblith, National Endowment for Democracy
with comments by
Ambassador Harold Forsyth (invited), Embassy of Peru in the United States
John D. Sullivan, Center for International Private Enterprise
Monday, April 30, 2012
12 noon – 2:00 PM
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
About the Event
Across the world, countries are grappling with challenges of social and economic inclusion as they attempt to build democracies that deliver for all. Despite Peru’s impressive economic performance in recent years and advances in the fight against poverty, a shortage of opportunities for youth in rural areas translates into a lack of support for the current democratic system. Similarly, Nepal is experiencing significant unemployment and unrest among youth, many of whom are unsure of their role in a democracy.
Entrepreneurship and civic education are key access points for youth to participate in the creation of democratic societies. As young people learn the values and skills of self-initiative and citizenship, they discover new opportunities for themselves and begin to assume leadership roles in their communities. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) has fostered youth leadership programs in Peru and Nepal that are now bearing fruit in youth enterprises, volunteer initiatives, and changed mindsets.
In his presentation, Daniel Cordova will share lessons from the EmprendeAhora (Entrepreneurship Now) program in Peru. Winner of the CIPE 2011 leading practices contest, EmprendeAhora is a program training talented university students from all over Peru in leadership, democracy, market economics and business plans. Arpita Nepal will speak on Arthalaya, an entrepreneurship program in Nepal teaching university students the value of entrepreneurship, democratic governance, and leadership. Miriam Kornblith will comment on the presentations and provide a broader perspective on how youth empowerment and economic inclusion relate to democracy.
About the Speakers
Daniel Cordova is President of Instituto Invertir and past Dean of the Business School at Universidad del Pacífico. He has a doctorate in International Economics from Grenoble University (France) and a BA in Economics from the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima). Formerly the CEO of the Sociedad Comercio Exterior del Perú (Peruvian Foreign Commerce Society) (Comexperú), Founding President of the Asociación para el Desarrollo del Mercado de Capitales (Association for the Development of the Peruvian Capital Market) (Procapitales), CFO of the Milpo mining company, Chairman of the board of Banco de Comercio and Dean of the School of Economics for the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). Among his recent publications are the articles “Amid Hopelessness, Hopeful Investment: The Case of the Añaños Family and Kola Real” and “Defeating Poverty Doing Business: The Case of the Flores Family and Topy Top” in Lessons From the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, edited by Alvaro Vargas Llosa (The Independent Institute, 2008). Dr. Córdova is a columnist for El Comercio (the most distributed and important newspaper in Peru) and for the Gestión (the most important financial newspaper in Peru). He has also been a fellow of the Eisenhower Foundation in 2003 and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 2007.
Arpita Nepal is an associate of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, a think tank that envisions the creation of a free and prosperous Nepal. She is one of the founders of the think tank and later worked as a Manager for the past 3 years. During her time, she designed several educational programs on Entrepreneurship and Economics and has been a crucial part of designing one of Samriddhi’s very successful campaigns on the right to earn a living called ‘Campaign for a Livable Nepal’. After having initiated a think tank and worked in the industry, she is now working on enhancing her economic policy analysis skills as a graduate student in the Department of Economics at George Mason University.
Miriam Kornblith is the director for Latin America and the Caribbean programs at the National Endowment for Democracy.
Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 12:30 PM
Please RSVP by Noon, Thursday, April 26.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
- Democratic Governance
- Access to Information
- Combating Corruption
- Business Association Development
- Corporate Governance
- Legal & Regulatory Reform
- Informal Sector & Property Rights
- Corporate Citizenship (CSR)
- South Asia
- Southeast Europe
- Middle East & North Africa
- Latin America & the Caribbean