Case Studies

The Journey towards Effective Citizen Participation in Kenya

By Ian Gatere

Elgeyo Marakwet County, roughly 329km northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is a richly varied county. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 2,400 meters above sea level, and is home to high altitude running camps that have produced a great number of world champion distance runners.

It is here in this pristine running environment that CIPE, together with the Kerio Center for Community Development and Human Rights (KCCDHR), is helping devolved democratic governance to take root.

Building a Shared Vision for Economic Reform in Yemen

By Ali Ayadi, Matthew Goodwin

Following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled a decades-long authoritarian regime, Yemen began transitioning to democracy. The uprising was largely in response to the systemic failure of the previous regime to adopt policies capable of generating economic opportunity.

Giving the Private Sector in Afghanistan a Voice in Policymaking

By 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.

Corporate Governance in Family-Owned Companies in Pakistan

By Moin Fudda

Family-owned firms face a unique set of challenges that are rooted in an organizational structure that prevents these enterprises from attracting and retaining high quality human capital, obtaining lower cost debt and equity capital, and ensuring long term competitiveness and sustainability. The recent growth in family-owned enterprises, which are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, has created a demand for tools will help these companies be more competitive.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

By Marc Schleifer, Maiko Nakagaki

Since the 1980s, a remarkable transformation has been underway in Bangladesh. Once the scene of chronic famine, the country is now food self-sufficient, and its economy has averaged around 6 percent growth in recent years. In the process, a booming, export-oriented garment sector has generated employment opportunities for urban women, and microfinance has emerged as a way to channel loans to rural women entrepreneurs.

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

By 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.

Combating Corruption through Collective Action in Armenia

By 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.

Tackling the Supply Side of Corruption in Thailand

By John Morrell

Corruption is widespread in Thailand, hindering business activity and impeding economic growth. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Thailand ranks 102 out of 177 countries and territories.

Achieving Democratic Gains through Corporate Governance in Palestine

By Stephen Rosenlund, Hisham Awartani

Since its establishment in 2011 as the first independent civil society organization devoted wholly to the promotion of good corporate governance in Palestine, the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) has created and expanded the space for democratic dialogue and debate in the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza). The keys to PGI’s success have been a commitment to strong internal governance, a focus on assessing and understanding its constituencies’ challenges, and a strategy of helping private sector actors achieve reforms that have a multiplier effect on society.

Presidential Debates Ignite Policy Dialogue in Paraguay

By Brent Ruth

In 2008, Paraguay’s political system emerged from 60 years of one-party rule when the Electoral Alliance won the elections and ousted the Colorado Party from power. With the end of the single five-year term of President Fernando Lugo in sight, elections were scheduled for April 2013. The upcoming presidential elections presented the perfect opportunity for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Development in Democracy Foundation (DENDE) to strengthen democratic governance in Paraguay. CIPE and DENDE conducted a nationwide survey to gauge public opinion on the most pressing issues for voters and organized two televised presidential debates where the leading candidates presented their policy agendas to the electorate and engaged in a discussion on the issues. The presidential debates ignited genuine policy dialogue in Paraguay for the first time, while informing over 3.4 million voters and strengthening the country’s fragile democracy in the process.

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