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Reducing Barriers to Entrepreneurship: Tunisia’s New Startup Act

05.24.2018
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’...

Fostering a Culture of Excellence Among Business Associations in Jordan

05.18.2018
With the support of USAID LENS and CIPE, the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence is incorporating new curricula into its training services to promote organizational excellence among Jordanian business associations. CIPE’s work described in this story was made possible by a grant from USAID LENS...

Private sector participation in the Global Magnitsky Act

05.16.2018
This blog was originally published on the FCPA blog.  In a move watched carefully around the world, the United States adopted its first anti-kleptocracy law with extraterritorial reach in 2016. The Global Magnitsky Act, named after a Russian lawyer who uncovered a massive corruption scheme and die...

Fostering Corporate Citizenship in Central and Eastern Europe

05.14.2018
There are many takeaways from last week’s World Movement for Democracy Global Assembly in Senegal. The theme of the weeklong event was “Building Strategic Partnerships for Democratic Renewal,” with a focus on ways to strengthen inclusive democratic governance and engage stakeholders in civil s...

Helping Micro and Small Enterprises Thrive in the Restaurant Industry in Jordan

05.11.2018
The Jordanian Union of Restaurant and Confectionery Proprietors helps micro and small enterprise restaurant owners succeed in a fiercely competitive marketplace.  CIPE’s work described in this story was made possible by a grant from USAID LENS to support and upgrade the services of business assoc...

An Epidemic of Intolerance: Global Threats to Freedom of Expression

05.03.2018
Freedom of speech and open internet principles are fundamental to democratic values and a key focus of many CIPE programs with global partners. CIPE Chairman Greg Lebedev recently published a thought-provoking piece that explains, what he calls, “layers of intolerance” or techniques used to sil...

How the Private Sector Can Pave the Way to Peace in Conflict Zones

04.30.2018
There are many important takeaways from the recent World Bank Fragility Forum, which focused on “Managing Risks for Peace and Stability,” with emphasis on ways the humanitarian, development, peace, and security community can better assist countries currently experiencing conflict. Over 1,000 at...

Masooma Sibtain: Advocating for Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

04.18.2018
Masooma Sibtain is a pioneer in Pakistan, an entrepreneur who is paving the way and inspiring other businesswomen to take on leadership roles in her country and throughout South Asia. In a particularly notable accomplishment, she was the first woman elected vice president of the Federation of Pakis...

Four Ways to Strengthen Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs

04.17.2018
Can women’s empowerment programs cause meaningful change? On March 26, 2018, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) facilitated a webinar with partners and participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss this question. Raja’ Hamayel, the Chair of the ...
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