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A Jordanian Entrepreneur Brings Audiobooks to the Arab World

Alaa Suleiman and her brother started the first Arabic-language audiobook company. Alaa is a member of the Business and Professional Women of Amman (BPW-A) business association. BPW-A helps women like Alaa start and develop their businesses. CIPE’s work described in this story was made possible by...

Supporting Small Businesses on United Nations MSME Day and throughout the Year

June 27 is Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, when the United Nations recognizes the enormous impact that MSMEs have on the global economy. Although they typically employ fewer than 250 people, MSMEs comprise over 90% of all businesses worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 60% of tota...

The Economic Recovery Taskforce – Anbar: A Voice for Small Business

At a workshop hosted by the CIPE-supported Economic Recovery Taskforce – Anbar (ERT-A) in al-Ramadi on April 30, 2018, two brothers approached the taskforce to ask for guidance. Mustafa Kamel Sulaiman and his brother Wathiq are farmers from the village of al-Rahaliyah, which lies 100 kilometers (...

CIPE and VOA Analyze Ukraine’s New Anti-Corruption Court Law

Ukraine’s Parliament has just passed a groundbreaking anti-corruption law. The legislation calls for the creation of an anti-corruption court and is a necessary step to gaining much-needed aid from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF estimates that corruption reduces economic growth in Ukrain...

How Can Southeast Asia Galvanize E-Commerce?

E-commerce is rapidly growing in Southeast Asia. The phenomenon of paying for goods and services in a few clicks is no longer exclusive to Chinese and U.S. markets, which already have thriving internet economies. A report by Google and Temasek, a global investment company based in Singapore, predict...

One-Year Anniversary of Declaration in Support of Democracy

One year after the launch of the Declaration in support of democracy in Brussels, Belgium by CIPE, its partners, and local civil society leaders, concerning trends regarding the region’s democratic trajectory continue. In the face of such challenges, the voice of thought leaders calling for democ...

Reducing Barriers to Entrepreneurship: Tunisia’s New Startup Act

Communities across Tunisia recently elected more than 7,200 new local leaders in the nation’s first municipal elections since 2011. Many of the politicians are promising to pursue reforms. They must also decide how to handle a backlog of laws already on the books, but not yet implemented. CIPE’...
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