South Asia

By strengthening institutions and advancing crucial reforms, pluralistic democracy, and inclusive growth can be achieved.

The resilience of democracy in South Asia is tested daily, with challenges including weak governance, gender-based discrimination, extremism, and in some cases, shrinking space for civil society. Yet these countries have growing and young populations, the institutional frameworks of electoral democracies, and strong foundations for potential economic development.

CIPE mobilizes diverse private sector and civil society partners to help the region’s democratizing countries deliver for all citizens, and in other countries, to push back against undemocratic trends.