Policy & Program Learning

One of the key constraints to building democratic market systems in the developing world is the shortage of knowledge on effective strategies for reform. Civil society leaders depend on their ability to learn from international experiences in order to accelerate reform processes and make democracy work. Over the course of 30 years of democracy assistance, CIPE and its private sector partners have accumulated experience that can be shared to strengthen the effectiveness of programs today. Democracy advocates and market reformers around the world look to CIPE and its network for guidance in areas such as policy advocacy, civil society strengthening, and the political economy of reform.

Supporting independent economic voices and democratizing opportunity require knowledge of international experience, policy options, and technical tools. To put such knowledge to work, CIPE’s Policy & Program Learning team (PPL) identifies strategic opportunities, shares models of business leadership toward democracy that delivers, and facilitates exchange of best practices among international partners and program staff.

The Policy and Program Learning unit at CIPE aims to:

  1. Engage business leaders with actionable knowledge on policy solutions through applied research
  2. Improve the capture and application of program innovations and lessons learned
  3. Promote the cross-regional transfer of experience among programs and partner networks

As the Secretariat for the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN), PPL promotes international engagement around the principles of free enterprise and democracy and bring private sector voices into global discourse on democracy. The network provides a mechanism for private sector leaders and advocates of economic freedom across the world to exchange ideas and support, and make the case for democratic, prosperous societies. FEDN currently has 55 distinguished members from 39 countries.


Key resources, case studies and guidebooks developed by PPL include: