2013 Annual Report

Around the world, tens of millions of men and women strive every day to improve their lives through private enterprise. Over time, their individual accomplishments can add up to wholesale economic and political transformation. But in order for these businesspeople to create change, they need more than ideas and energy. They need a level playing field, fair and inclusive markets, and clear rules of the game. This is where the work of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) begins, partnering with the private sector to help build the infrastructure of market economies and encourage democratic reform.

REGIONAL STRATEGIES

Africa

Across Africa, CIPE and its partners are committed to building democracies that support vibrant economies. With the continent’s prosperity tied to political and economic freedom, the private sector must participate in the policymaking process, enhance economic opportunities, combat corruption, and strengthen democratic governance. CIPE empowers citizens and business leaders to promote democratic and market-oriented reform.

Asia

Asia presents unique challenges in building democratic societies because it features many different cultures, religions, languages, and political systems. In countries that have free elections, CIPE focuses on improving governance and fighting corruption. In authoritarian countries, CIPE works to help citizens and private organizations participate in policy discussions and encourages governments to be more transparent and accountable.

Eurasia

In South Asia, formal democratic structures stand in stark contrast to deep institutional flaws that both undermine democratic consolidation and slow economic growth. CIPE’s partners are at the forefront of an effort to strengthen those institutions — a process that is paying dividends by giving greater voice to women in business, pushing governments to be more transparent, and generating dialogue and advocacy for reform.

Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America, CIPE strives to strengthen democracy in countries where it is under threat by promoting private sector engagement in the policymaking process and sustaining well-regarded think tanks who can articulate important policy issues. The result is enhanced civil society participation in the decisions governments make that benefit all citizens of the region.

Middle East and North Africa

CIPE is uniquely positioned to support democratic transitions in the Middle East and empower key stakeholders to embrace their role in policy advocacy and building inclusive market economies. Despite difficulties that some countries have encountered in establishing democracy, CIPE continues to develop channels for policy debates, expand the networks of market-oriented reformers, and share international best practices on institutional reform.

South Asia

In South Asia, formal democratic structures stand in stark contrast to deep institutional flaws that both undermine democratic consolidation and slow economic growth. CIPE’s partners are at the forefront of an effort to strengthen those institutions — a process that is paying dividends by giving greater voice to women in business, pushing governments to be more transparent, and generating dialogue and advocacy for reform.

Global

CIPE’s Global and Knowledge Management programs develop cutting-edge tools and approaches for building democracies that deliver. CIPE fosters dialogue on entrepreneurship ecosystems, business advocacy, democratic governance, and anti-corruption. By strengthening business voices in emerging markets and equipping a worldwide network of business and civic organizations with best practices in policy dialogue and capacity building, CIPE Global and Knowledge Management bolsters political and economic freedom around the world.

 

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