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HIGHLIGHTS - January/February 2017

Defending Liberal Democracy in Emerging Markets
CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) co-hosted an event that examined the challenges facing liberal democracies. The event focused on how the free-market system can respond to demands for economic and political inclusion, and why transparency and rule of law are important for stability and investment. A panel discussion, moderated by former CIPE Chair Karen Kerrigan, featured three panelists from CIPE’s Free Enterprise and Democracy Network: Selima Ahmad, Aurelio Concheso, and Güray Karacar. CIPE Chairman Greg Lebedev and President of the NED Carl Gershman delivered opening remarks. Listen to the event on the CIPE podcast.

New Website Assists Humanitarian Aid Delivery in Yemen

The Yemen Economic Forum Team and CIPE have launched a website that provides up-to-date humanitarian information on current living conditions in Yemen during the ongoing civil war. The website serves as an invaluable database and source of information for government agencies, the private sector, and international NGOs providing aid to local populations. Since the outbreak of the conflict, CIPE's Yemeni partners have contributed their knowledge and resources to service and aid delivery among affected populations. 

Encouraging Citizen Participation in Moldova's Presidential Debate 

CIPE worked with partner organization IDIS in Moldova to strengthen the election process in this newly democratic country by supporting its first ever presidential debate on the economy. Close to 300,000 citizens watched the debate, giving them the opportunity to hear the candidates speak and hold them accountable in the future.

Watch this video to find out what made the debate successful and future plans for debates.


World Data Forum Twitter Chat draws 12,000,000 users

Over 12,000,000 users from more than 39 countries engaged in a Twitter chat in celebration of the inaugural UN World Data Forum on January 11. CIPE co-hosted the chat with the UN World Data Forum, Data 2x, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, TechSoup and +SocialGood. The theme of the chat was how to achieve better data for all, and explored issues such as: what does better data for Sustainable Development Goals mean, what is missing in today's data innovation efforts, and how can we ensure that new methods of data collection leave no one behind.

National Policy Roundtable in Afghanistan Discusses Private Sector Solutions to Trade Impediments

CIPE Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries, and Kabul University’s National Center for Policy Research held a national policy roundtable to discuss trade facilitation challenges faced by the private sector. These include high levels of corruption in customs offices, lack of standard tariff policies, and noncompliance by Afghan exporters with international standards. Government officials, business association leaders, academics, and civil society representatives proposed ways they can partner to address these challenges. A follow-up roundtable discussion will take place in the spring.

Supporting Economic Growth and Development in Ukraine

In January, CIPE kicked off the Leadership Academy for Development in Ukraine, an executive-level training program for 40 Ukrainian government officials and business leaders to help the country’s private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development. As part of the program, CIPE hosted a panel discussion featuring Drs Francis Fukuyama and Stephen Krasner of Stanford University, former Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Pavlo Sheremeta, Dmytro Shimkiv of the Presidential Administration, and business association leaders. The live broadcast was viewed by more than 5,000 people across Ukraine.

Will Turkey Revive its Reform Agenda?

The Voice of America published an op-ed by CIPE Senior Program Officer for the Middle East & North Africa Babak Yektafar that discusses the local private sector’s reaction to the coup last year and implications for reform. Yektafar describes the business community’s views on economic challenges facing Turkey and on whether the government’s reform packages will be enough to turn the economy around.

Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) Now Open

CIPE is partnering with Citi on the T4I innovation challenge to source tech solutions that promote integrity around the world. The global initiative invites technology innovators, from start-ups to mature technology corporates, to submit solutions to help public sector entities increase transparency and accountability. Learn more at www.techforintegritychallenge.com



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