Local Democracy in Action Grantees

01.14.2022 | Press Releases | CIPE

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) are proud to announce the inaugural Local Democracy in Action (LDAG) grantees.

This collaboration brings together Stanford’s Leadership Network for Change (LNC) and CIPE’s global partners to work cooperatively toward local and global solutions to democratic resiliency, tech-enabled democracy, and inclusive economic growth. Learn more about the projects in Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Nepal, and Ukraine below.

ETHIOPIA: Ensuring Public Accountability Through Tailored E-Government

CIPE and LNC alumni Wondwossen Mitiku, Getachew Teklemariam, and Begashaw Tizazu are working to strengthen the use of digital technology for public participation and accountability in Ethiopia. Through research and dialogue with e-government representatives in Estonia, South Korea, and Tunisia, the team will develop local advocacy strategies that promote greater public participation and accountability of e-government services in Ethiopia. The team will develop a policy paper capturing their recommendations and organize a workshop promoting their findings.

GEORGIA: Democracy Podcast Series

In Georgia, the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) and Radio Liberty are collaborating to organize a series of podcasts and lectures to strengthen public understanding of important issues facing Georgian society. EPRC and Radio Liberty will host leading experts to foster discussion on a diverse set of issues facing Georgia and the wider region. Topics will include democratic and economic development, economic security, democracy and technology, and Euro-Atlantic integration.

KAZAKHSTAN: Data Protection Regulation Upgrades

LNC alumni Nino Evangenidze and Ruslan Daiyrbekov are leading a virtual study tour of Georgia’s development and implementation of the nation’s data protection regulatory regime. Evangenidze and Daiyrbekov will lead a group of policymakers and think tank leaders to identify data protection best practices and lessons learned from Georgia’s experience. Following the study tour, formal recommendations will be developed to inform a draft data protection law in Kazakhstan.

LEBANON: Enhancing Decision Making and Transparency in the Public Procurement Process

The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) is collaborating with LNC alumni Mohamad Najem and Rabih El Chaer to produce policy recommendations on enhancing the e-procurement system in Lebanon. To inform their work, the team will meet with Ukraine’s e-procurement system administrators to learn about the country’s system and identify lessons in its development and implementation. Based on their findings, they will produce a policy paper outlining their recommendations and share it widely with policymakers, journalists, and civil society representatives in Lebanon.

NEPAL: Strengthening Technology-Driven Democracy Through Robust and Digitally Secured Civic Space

The Accountability Lab Nepal (ALN) and Digital Rights Nepal (DRN) are collaborating to develop a toolkit for civil society organizations to equip them with the ability to manage digital security threats and vulnerabilities while defending democracy. ALN and DRN will conduct desk research, disseminate a survey, and organize workshops with key stakeholders to identify best practices and develop tips and advice to navigate the internet safely. Through their efforts, ALN and DRN will help build a more robust and digital secure civic space in Nepal.

UKRAINE: Enhancing the Quality of Decisions and Creating Local Coalitions Around Key Reforms

The Ukranian Healthcare Center (UHC) and LNC alumni Iryna Nemyrovych, Matvii Khrenov, and Pavlo Kovtonyuk, will create local coalitions in several Ukrainian municipalities to foster dialogue and promote strategies to improve the country’s healthcare systems. Through this advocacy work, the team will enhance local democratic engagement and strengthen the transparency and quality of medical services.