Youth

With young people leading democratic reform efforts around the world, CIPE's youth programs empower and engage youth as the political and business leaders of tomorrow. For progress and reform to take hold, young people must play an active role in advancing democratic and market-oriented reform. Even though their engagement is vital in formulating effective public policy, youth are too often excluded from political and economic policymaking. Without institutional avenues for voicing their opinion, strikes and street protests become the only opportunity for young people to be heard.

CIPE works closely with its partners to provide young people around the world with the tools they need to become capable leaders, helping them to effectively shape their countries’ future. Through entrepreneurship initiatives and partnerships with civil society organizations CIPE programs create openings for youth engagement in the policymaking process and empower young people to be self-dependent and take initiative.

Youth Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE acts to empower youth in these areas:

  • Educate youth on entrepreneurship, business management, and civic leadership.
  • Provide youth with the necessary tools to become effective leaders and represent their own views.
  • Equip business associations to engage youth populations in the policymaking process.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to share their ideas regarding democratic and market-oriented reforms.

Read more about CIPE's youth programs.

Related Publications

Celebrating Syrian Youth

Article at a glace:

  • The war in Syria has been especially hard on young people. Millions of children have been denied an education, and more than half of refugee children are out of school.
  • Young Syrians require the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to contribute constructively to their communities through civic engagement, starting and growing new businesses, and social entrepreneurship.
  • CIPE and the Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) have introduced a new model of civic education that stands in stark contrast to the regime’s propaganda and the empty promises of extremist ideologies, helping a new generation of leaders acquire an understanding of democracy and economic freedom and justice, which are essential underpinnings in shaping the way that Syria is rebuilt.

Beyond Aid: the Integration of Sustainable Development in a Coherent International Agenda

Article at a glance:

  • Successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will depend on the ability of the many diverse actors and stakeholders to adapt their behavior in support of local leadership, capabilities, and responsibility.
  • The Busan Partnership Declaration outlines an emerging consensus, premised on principles of local ownership, a focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and mutual transparency and accountability.
  • More than all other non-state actors, the private sector will drive the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable economic growth and job creation and the transition to sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

The Long Road of Economic and Democratic Reform: Marking Ten Years of CIPE in Pakistan

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its Pakistan office, CIPE seeks both to celebrate its accomplishments and learn from the challenges of its projects. CIPE is committed to deep engagement, supporting private sector- and civil society-led programs that can advance reforms to unleash the country’s vast economic potential.

Article at a glance:

  • Policy reform must be rooted in the business community and can be sustained by strong think tanks capable of monitoring and assessing government performance.
  • Strengthening Pakistan’s democratic institutions must involve support for economic journalism to improve citizens’ access to information about reforms.
  • Building links among Pakistani women entrepreneurs, and including them in broader regional networks, is a key factor in improving women’s lives in the country.

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