Weekly Update: Multiregional

Caroline Scullin, cscullin@cipe.org, 202-721-9200


Washington, DC – CIPE launched a newly redesigned website this week at www.cipe.org. CIPE’s new site is part of ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to partners and reformers worldwide. The new www.cipe.org offers users quick and easy access to essential information on CIPE and its resources, and engages them more directly with CIPE through news, information, and know-how to assist them in their work to strengthen democracy around the world.

Pakistan – CIPE and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted a youth conference on “Inspiring the New Wave of Entrepreneurship.” More than 350 youth participated in the conference where they discussed issues including women’s entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and building bridges through business-Diaspora linkages. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the conference and her remarks can be seen online.

Washington, DC – On March 27, CIPE co-hosted an Ambassadors Roundtable with the Center for Women in Business at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Diplomatic Courier magazine. The event convened women who represent influential sectors of society to discuss challenges and opportunities facing women around the world. Speakers included Ambassador Gillian Bristol of Grenada, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia of the Philippines, Ambassador Sheila Siwela of the Republic of Zambia, and Representative Qubad J. Talabani of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Kenya – CIPE partner the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) held its Annual Lecture on March 29 in Nairobi. The objective of the lecture is to provide a forum to discuss Kenya’s most pressing policy concerns from a global perspective. This year’s theme was “The Global Democratic Surges and Recession: Implications for Kenya’s Development” featuring Larry Diamond as keynote speaker. Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. 2012 marks 20 years of IEA’s consistent contribution to policy discourse in Kenya and the region.


Philippines – On March 27-29, CIPE partner, the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) in its capacity as the General Secretariat of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI), held an international workshop in Makati City on institutionalizing corporate citizenship in development banks. At the seminar, ADFIAP launched Corporate Citizenship Manual for Development Finance Institutions – a culmination of the year-long joint effort with CIPE to create and implement practical guidelines for WFDFI members on good corporate citizenship. The workshop gathered 26 participants from 20 institutions and 14 countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Thessaloniki, Greece -- Camelia Bulat, CIPE representative in the Balkans and Caucasus, participated in a kick-off event of the Balkan Coalition for Professional Qualifications and Training in the field of Business and Economic Activities, a new European-supported initiative. The three-year long project reunites organizations that support women entrepreneurs from seven Balkan countries. This initiative builds on a previous project supported by CIPE, which focused on the creation of the Balkan Coalition of women business associations as a network of like-minded women entrepreneurs. The Romanian partner in the project is the Regional Center for Organization Management, a foundation created by CIPE in Romania. All participants in the event received the CIPE publication Governance Principles for Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce.

Washington, DC – CIPE distributed the latest issue of Democracy in Action, which focuses on CIPE’s approach to democratic governance.

Washington, DC – On the CIPE Development Blog, Pakistan Office Senior Program Manager Hammad Siddiqui analyzed how social media has shaped political debate in Pakistan; Global Program Officer Anna Nadgrodkiewicz discussed Senegal’s democratic progress; and Asia Program Officer John Morrell highlighted a new anti-corruption initiative in Thailand.



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