Democratic Governance Programs

Democratic governance – the decision-making processes that translate citizens’ preferences into policy actions – is a crucial component of ensuring that democracy delivers. Between elections, citizens must have avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Strong democratic governance is characterized by transparency, open dialogue, efficient regulation, and effective rule of law.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was founded on the idea that political and economic freedoms are intertwined, and helps strengthen institutions of government accountability, with a focus on engaging the private sector in public policy discourse. Though its programs and partners, CIPE also supports the understanding of democratic freedoms and values among officials, businesspeople, and the public.

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE strives to improve policy processes and make democracy work through programs that:

  • Engage citizens and the private sector in policy dialogue.
  • Promote open debate and greater transparency in the policy making process.
  • Improve local governance through administrative reform and public-private engagement.
  • Educate legislators about economic policy alternatives and support economic platform development by political parties.
  • Assist democratic transitions through constitutional reform processes and institution building.

CIPE Partner Successes in Democratic Governance

Philippines: Recognizing the need to strengthen governance on the local level, CIPE has worked with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) since 2004 to develop and promote the Performance Governance System as a management tool for local governments across the Philippines. When a city or locality introduces the system, officials work with a broad-based community group to design specific public policy goals, an action plan to accomplish them, and performance metrics by which to measure progress. By 2013, over 50 Philippine local governments were working with ISA, along with more than a dozen national public agencies and civil society groups.

Colombia: CIPE partner the Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo) organized candidate debates in Colombia’s 2010 presidential election. Fedesarrollo’s policy papers on tax reform, labor markets, and infrastructure policy provided the foundation for three televised presidential debates. Some of the debate topics have become priorities in the government of President Juan Manuel Santos, and certain recommended reforms have become law in areas such as youth employment and natural resource management. President Santos also used Fedesarrollo’s recommendations to eliminate tax advantages from capital investment and for the gradual elimination of Colombia’s financial transaction tax.

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