Teodora Mihaylova

Strategies for Policy Reform Volume 3

Kim Bettcher, Teodora Mihaylova, Julie Johnson, Case Studies in Achieving Democracy That Delivers Through Better Governance Major global trends are changing the way we approach international assistance and policy reform. Private sector-led growth has produced enormous opportunities, even as market freedom and access to opportunity remain uneven. Political upheaval has raised hopes for democratic freedoms, yet freedom too often is undermined by poor governance. Read more…

Giving the Private Sector in Afghanistan a Voice in Policymaking

Teodora Mihaylova, The objective of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Afghanistan has been to advance democracy by building the infrastructure for informed and effective public-private dialogue. Read more…

Formalizing Public-Private Dialogue with the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector in Senegal

Teodora Mihaylova, Erica Poff, As Senegal’s largest and most representative and well-organized business association, l’Union Nationale des Commerçants et Industriels du Senegal (UNACOIS) has played a significant role in the country’s policymaking process in recent years. This case study identifies two key achievements. First, the Senegalese government adopted the association’s recommendations to reform the national tax code, Le Code General des Impots du Senegal, which established a more uniform, equitable, and proportional tax code for the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. Read more…

Combating Corruption through Collective Action in Armenia

Teodora Mihaylova, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) partnered with the Association for Foreign Investment and Cooperation (AFIC) in 2006 to establish a grassroots coalition of business associations and chambers of commerce, known as the Business Advocacy Network (BAN), with the aim of improving the environment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia. Read more…

Creating a Better Business Environment in Nigeria

Teodora Mihaylova, Since 2008, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Nigeria has focused on fostering a better business environment through regional public private dialogue initiatives in the North Central Zone and Southeastern parts of the country, encompassing a total of seven states. Nigeria’s federal system of governance has allowed CIPE and local partners to focus their work on regional and local level advocacy initiatives as they create the best opportunity for reform. Read more…

Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship in Nepal

Sarita Sapkota, Teodora Mihaylova, In 2006, Nepal emerged from a decade long insurgency and centuries-old monarchical governance. The country was undergoing a transition to democracy, characterized by elections and the adoption of a new constitution. Recognizing an opening in this new political context Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation was established to start a discourse on issues and agendas that help democracy deliver - a component that has been largely missing during past democratic transitions. Samriddhi focused on expanding people’s access to economic opportunities primarily through the promotion of entrepreneurship, economic policy reform and improvement of the business environment. In order to strengthen the environment for entrepreneurship, Samriddhi employed a two-pronged approach. First, Samriddhi’s Arthalaya School of Economics and Entrepreneurship program educated and trained hundreds of aspiring university students on topics such as markets and policies and offered participants an opportunity to gain practical entrepreneurial skills. Second, Samriddhi’s initiatives known as the Nepal Economic Growth Agenda (NEGA) aimed to improve the policy environment for entrepreneurship. Read more…

Fostering a Culture of Public Private Dialogue in Moldova

Teodora Mihaylova, The National Business Agenda (NBA) network is the leading voice of private business and advocate for the implementation of pro-growth economic policy in Moldova. Through the adoption of the National Business Agenda, the Institute for Development Social Initiatives (IDSI) institutionalized a culture of public private dialogue and encouraged greater transparency and inclusiveness in the policymaking process. Read more…

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