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Closing the Global Gender Gap

03.29.2018
Women entrepreneurs offer a myriad of benefits for their economies and societies over all. Yet, around the world, there are still many barriers to women starting businesses. This year’s International Women’s Day campaign—Press for Progress—focused on addressing an alarming projection: at th...

Bridging Jordan’s Gender Gap

03.27.2018
While the men’s workforce participation rate in Jordan is roughly 87%, the rate for women is only 22%. The contrast is stark, but the cause is less obvious. Although cultural expectations partially explain this gap (Jordanian women are much less likely to continue working after getting married an...

Applications for Blockchain Technology from an Egyptian Perspective

03.21.2018
  Blockchain technology, often labeled as the “fourth revolution,” is set to change our lives. Developing countries, such as Egypt, could be the biggest winners of this revolution. It offers us – the people, the government, and businesses – an unprecedented opportunity to improve the q...

Democracy that Delivers #110: U.S. Embassy’s Brad Coley on PNG

03.20.2018 |
The CIPE-supported Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC) in Papua New Guinea has helped more than 1,000 women since opening its doors in late 2016. Women in the Pacific island nation, located near Australia, are considered to be among the most oppressed in the world. They have few rights and do...

Emerging Blockchain Technologies Have the Potential to Transform Society

03.14.2018
Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have dominated the news in recent months as their values have skyrocketed. However, blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies, is equally worthy of hype. Many actors from both the private and public sectors are quickly recognizing blockchai...

Helping Women Start and Grow Businesses in Jordan

03.13.2018
The Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women Helps Women Establish and Grow Successful Businesses in Jordan. CIPE’s work described in this story was made possible by a grant from USAID LENS to support and upgrade the services of business associations in Jordan to better serve their micro ...

Democracy that Delivers #109: Think Tank CARE Algeria’s Samy Boukaila

03.13.2018 |
Algeria continues to face important challenges posed by the fall in oil prices four years ago, according to the IMF. Mission Chief for Algeria Jean-Francois Dauphin and his team completed a routine visit to the nation in early March. Their discussions with Algerian government officials focused on t...

Partner Portraits: Sri Lanka’s Rezani Aziz

03.09.2018
Economic empowerment for women continues to be a top concern worldwide. One inspirational leader and CIPE partner is Rezani Aziz, who recently founded the Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations of Sri Lanka (FWEASL). Nearly 40 percent of women there are unemployed. Aziz described some of the...

New Global Consortium Takes Holistic Approach to Empowering Women and Girls

03.08.2018
The benefits of women’s economic empowerment are clear and well documented. When women are economically empowered, communities and families prosper. When more women participate in the labor force and civil society, they not only contribute to more inclusive economic growth but also lead governmen...
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