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.
At a conference held in Manila in 2013, the city of San Fernando presented the results of its work with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), CIPE’s longtime public governance partner in the Philippines.
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.
Since the early 2000s Peru has seen a period of sustained economic growth and poverty reduction, as well as three successive transitions of power via democratic elections. Despite this, not everyone believes their lives have improved as a result of democracy and free markets in their current form. The benefits of growth are unevenly distributed and have centered on the capital, Lima, while nearly half the population in the Andean and Amazonian regions of the country is still living below the poverty line. Public services have also not improved in many places.
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.
Public participation is essential to achieving sustainable economic reform in a democratic process. Because the business sector plays a crucial role in growing the economy, representatives of business groups must be included in economic policy deliberations. In Jordan, however, few non-government bodies would bring business concerns to policy debate, or promote an independent and transparent review of policy.
In 2005 the Belarusian business community came together to protect private enterprise and support change through constructive advocacy with the government. Since the mid-1990s, entrepreneurs in Belarus had experienced restrictive legislation and high corruption, and had seen an era of stifled growth due to flawed economic policies and a hostile political environment.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) assembled Romanian business coalitions to promote transparency and public input in government, eliminate bureaucratic restrictions on entrepreneurship, and nurture markets in the tourism, technology, and light manufacturing sectors. Through the Open Doors Advocacy Campaign (2002–2003), CIPE coordinated three grassroots coalitions representing these sectors, which compiled and promoted their policy recommendations in a unified business agenda.
The Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Riinvest) was one of the first local private organizations to respond to Kosovo’s governance needs following the conflict of the 1990s. Riinvest brought civil society and the business community into a governance process that had mostly neglected local input.
Since 2004, the Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo) has provided legislative advisory services to Congress by offering inclusive, impartial, and comprehensive assessments of policy discussions in Colombia. Although the constitutional reform of 1991 attempted to curb executive power by creating the Constitutional Court and placing more authority in the hands of Congress, legislators lacked the analytical capacity to assume a leading role in shaping policy.
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