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Who Needs an Economic Platform?

12.01.2005
This Sunday, Moscow will be electing members of its new City Duma (Parliament) – and there is little doubt that pro-Putin’s United Russia will get majority of the seats. But as The Moscow Times reports, it is not the party’s economic and social platform that is getting it the votes, in...

Businesswomen as a force for change

12.02.2005
Two Saudi Women Win at Jeddah Chamber Elections Two Saudi businesswomen [Lama al-Suleiman and Nashwa Taher] swept to an unprecedented victory in elections to the board of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the first polls in which women stood as candidates in the conservative Muslim king...

Four Years of Transition in Serbia

12.05.2005
In October, the Serbian Center for Liberal Democratic Studies (CLDS) published a new report, which captures lessons learned from the last four years of reform in the country. Following the fall of the Milosevic regime, Serbia embarked on a comprehensive institutional restructuring program to restore...

Better Governance and Increased Competitiveness

12.06.2005
Do boards of directors have a much more important role to play in developing economies than they do in developed ones? “Yes!” says a new article by McKinsey Quarterly (subscription only). The reason is straightforward – weak institutions. In developing economies, external instituti...

Putting an End to Corruption in Mozambique

12.08.2005
The Mozambican government is taking a stand against corruption – and it seems that its moving in the right direction, at least according to the strategy document it released yesterday. The strategy recognizes that low wages of government officials are not the source of corruption, rather it is the...

International Anti-Corruption Day 2005

12.12.2005
On Friday, December 9, the world celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day. Transparency International Poll released on Friday showed widespread public alarm about corruption. Said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International: "Today's survey shows that people believe corruption is deepl...

Cutting the Pie

12.13.2005
Lebanon is re-learning the lesson that street protests alone do not create democracies and put countries on the path of economic growth – real reforms do. There are conflicting messages coming out of the country following the “Cedar Revolution” – on the one hand, there is a s...

Corporate Governance and Anti-Corruption

12.13.2005
Last week, CIPE’s partner Indonesia Business Links held a workshop in Banda Aceh. The workshop – “Anti-Corruption and Corporate Governance” – is the first in a series of 24 the organization will host in different Indonesian cities throughout the next year to promote goo...

Reorganizing U.S. Foreign Aid

12.14.2005
The Financial Times (London) reported on December 12, 2005, that the Bush administration is planning to implement one of the most sweeping changes to the US foreign aid apparatus in the last 40 years. As part of this reform, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) could become a branch...

Ethical Standards Matter

12.14.2005
There is an interesting article on BBC News that talks about issues of underemployment, informal sector, and corruption in Brazil. Words of Kroll Brasil (Brazilian risk consulting company) managing director Eduardo de Freitas Gomide are particularly interesting: “The companies that pay bribes ...
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