Despite relatively open electoral systems and high levels of public participation, emerging democracies in South Asia have struggled to consolidate. Institutional flaws, weak governance, and entrenched interests have prevented democracy from delivering for all citizens.
Across the region, CIPE is working with business and civil society leaders, journalists, academics, and reform-minded officials to effect needed change in a range programmatic areas. CIPE partners are providing reliable information to citizens on public policy issues, encouraging policy dialogue, building the capacity of business associations, and leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Projects include strengthening mechanisms of public and corporate governance to help stem corruption, empowering women through business associations, and bringing together new and independent voices to key policy debates in the region’s consolidating democracies.