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Democratic Transitions Youth Essay Winners

Kirsten Han, Judith Aduol Nyamanga, These two articles were the second and third place winners in the Democratic Transitions category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. Democratic Transitions: Not Just About Waiting For the World to Change by Kristen Han Read more…

How to Sustain Burma's Path Towards Democracy: The Need for Institutional Reform

John Morrell, Article at a glance Burma’s transition to democracy will prove unsustainable without substantive changes to the country’s political, administrative, and economic institutions. Economic growth must be widespread and economic opportunities arise for more than the well-connected few if democracy is to succeed in Burma. The Burmese government and its partners in the international development community must prioritize the development of durable, reliable and politically independent institutions. Read more…

The Philippine Experience in Transition

Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, The “people power revolution” of 1986 represented a landmark in East Asian democratization and remains remarkably relevant to transitions occurring today. Dr. Jesus Estanislao – a government leader during the early stages of democratic transition and subsequently a leader in civil society – shares vital lessons in consolidating transition, launching economic reform, and building the institutions of democratic governance. This article is based on remarks by Dr. Estanislao delivered at a CIPE Middle East and North Africa workshop in March 2012. CIPE has worked with two institutes chaired by Dr. Estanislao: the Institute for Solidarity in Asia since 2004 and the Institute of Corporate Directors since 2007. Article at a glance: The experience of the Philippines can be instructive to countries currently undergoing their own democratic transitions. Citizenship in a democracy requires responsibility. Rights and privileges must be accompanied by a sense of duty and social responsibility. Democratic governance is a process of empowerment and participation. The people and the government both must be invested in pursuing good outcomes. Read more…

Economically Sustainable Development Youth Essay Winners

Babatunde Oladusu, Michael Olumuyiwa Kayode, These two articles were the second and third place winners in the Economically Sustainable Development category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. Nigerian Youth and Sustainable Development by Babatunde Olandusu Article at a glance Read more…

Checkmating the Malaise of Corruption in Nigeria

Chukwunonso Ogbe, This article was the first place winner in the Corruption category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. Article at a glance Evidence suggests that corruption takes on numerous forms and continues to run rampant throughout Nigeria. Corrupt acts have far reaching consequences that can affect all levels of supply and demand. Nigerian youth should use media tools to promote transparency, highlight government projects and ministries that are prone to corruption, and pressure the government to ensure accountability. Youth can help transition Nigerian society away from an “ends justify the means” attitude by engaging in rallies, protests, and boycotts against corrupt private and public sector leaders. Read more…

Breaking Down the Barriers: Women in Economic and Political Leadership

Stephenie Foster, A Q&A with Stephenie Foster about the leadership role women play in business and politics. Article at a glance When women are in key positions of leadership, they help institutions succeed. In the same way, powerful women can help their communities thrive. By participating in networks, both those they create and those created by others, women can strengthen their businesses or pursue effective advocacy programs. Diversity initiatives, quotas, and other programs can be useful tools to increase women’s participation in business and politics. Read more…

The Business of Democracies that Deliver: Reflections on CIPE’s 25th Anniversary

John D. Sullivan, Article at a glance Democratic governance and market economy share the same underlying values of transparency, accountability, fairness, and responsibility. A functioning market economy requires a complex institutional framework put in place by a political process that establishes the rules of the economic game through laws and regulations. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) can now showcase 25 years of strengthening democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. Read more…

Lessons in Economically Sustainable Development: Learning by Examples

Sarita Sapkota, This article was the first place winner in the Economically Sustainable Development category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. Article at a glance In Nepal, foreign aid has remained at the very core of development planning over the last six decades, making a powerful case for both international and local actors to focus on sustainable development and address issues of aid dependency. Countries like Nepal do need basic necessities such as food and water, but in order for development initiatives to take root they also need growing economies based on democracy and the rule of law, where citizens have business plans and jobs rather than tents and food parcels. Nepal’s youth have been finding their own ways to respond to problems around them by initiating projects, creating businesses, and using social media tools to make their voices heard. The path to sustainable development is through making sure that economic growth is stable and that citizens, especially youth, have the opportunity to secure a reliable income. Read more…

Re-Interpreting the ‘Chinese Miracle’: A Multi-Dimensional Framework

Xingyuan Feng, Christer Ljungwall, Sujian Guo, This article is based on a longer piece published under the same title in the International Journal on World Peace, Vol. XXVIII No. 1 March 2011. Read more…

The World's Youngest Democracy

Vikas Prakash Joshi, This article was the first place winner in the Democratic Transitions category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. “India is the world’s largest democracy” is now a phrase which I am sure you are bored of hearing. There is, however, a much less bandied about but equally true phrase: “India is the world’s youngest democracy.” Read more…

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