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Strategies for Policy Reform Volume 3

Kim Bettcher, Teodora Mihaylova, Julie Johnson, Case Studies in Achieving Democracy That Delivers Through Better Governance Major global trends are changing the way we approach international assistance and policy reform. Private sector-led growth has produced enormous opportunities, even as market freedom and access to opportunity remain uneven. Political upheaval has raised hopes for democratic freedoms, yet freedom too often is undermined by poor governance. Read more…

Democracy in Action: International Day of Democracy

In recognition of International Day of Democracy on September 15, this issue of Democracy in Action focuses on CIPE’s efforts around the world to support and expand democratic governance. Between free and fair elections, citizens need avenues to participate in decision making, stay informed, and hold government accountable for its performance. Many democracies are facing pressure to deliver citizens’ needs for social services and economic opportunity. Read more…

Instituting Improvements in Public Governance in the Philippines

John Morrell, 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. The mayor of this bustling city of 250,000 in central Luzon explained that the city had reduced the poverty rate by nearly 70 percent since partnering with ISA, lowering the percentage of the city population living in abject poverty to 2 percent (compared to a national average nearly six times that). By 2013, more than 50 percent of San Fernando’s population were classified as “middle class”, up from 38 percent in 2005 (the national average is 19 percent). Moreover, the city had built an additional 6,300 housing units, made record investments in education, and private investment in the city was booming. The mayor proudly boasted that the city’s motto of “Kaya Natin ‘To (Yes We Can)” was increasingly true. San Fernando is one of a growing number of cases of remarkable improvements in public governance in the Philippines as a result of undertaking ISA’s Performance Governance System (PGS), a rigorous accreditation program that requires participating organizations to reform and strengthen their governance practices with the goal of improving organizational performance, financial transparency, and political accountability. Since 2004, CIPE has worked with ISA to develop and promote the program for local governments across the Philippines. When a city adopts the PGS program, city 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. The program requires a city to implement a series of reforms that fundamentally transform its policymaking processes and bureaucratic structures, and its staff must complete a rigorous training regimen. ISA recruited an initial group of eight cities to adopt the PGS, and their success, and the successes of nearly 40 additional local governments that adopted the program over the years, led CIPE and ISA to apply this methodology to central government agencies beginning in 2010 and state-owned companies in 2013. By institutionalizing community input in local policymaking processes and by making public agencies more transparent and accountable, this project is strengthening the incentives of public officials to improve the quality and reliability of public services. Read more…

Weekly Update: Asia

Philippines – CIPE partner the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) held its 10th Performance Governance System (PGS) boot camp in Manila. This boot camp is one of the largest and most advanced training programs that ISA conducts for PGS participating cities and agencies. During the three-day intensive training, participants from 10 local government units learned about the process through which cities implement reforms that transform their policymaking processes and bureaucratic structures.

Weekly Update: Asia

Thailand – The Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) added 31 additional companies to its Collective Action Against Corruption Coalition, bringing the total number of companies in this anti-corruption coalition to 323. Moreover, IOD is now aggressively implementing its certification mechanism, a methodology developed by CIPE and IOD in which coalition companies undergo a thorough review that verifies whether or not they are actually living up to the standards of the IOD-led coalition.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

HIGHLIGHTS
CIPE partner holds first 2014 Performance Governance System boot camp; the Thomson Reuters Foundation publishes anti-corruption blog by CIPE Director for Multiregional Programs Anna Nadgrodkiewicz; the Asian Development Bank releases Macroeconomic Update on Nepal, which includes policy recommendations from CIPE partner in Nepal.

Good Governance and Responsible Citizenship: An Interview

Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, Article at a glance Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) member Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, President of the Institute for Corporate Directors and the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, discusses his personal experiences with strengthening democracy through market-oriented reform. Read more…

Weekly Update: Asia

China – In the latest in its biweekly series of public policy discussion forums, the Unirule Institute of Economics led a discussion on “Mutual Benefit: The Wisdom of the Politics.” Keynote speaker Professor Tao Yongyi from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) pointed out that the political system in China continues to cause citizens’ inequality to rise. Professor Tao argues that China’s policies are made to benefit the elite groups exclusively, leaving the poor with unfair and low quality benefits.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

HIGHLIGHTS
CIPE partner in the Philippines holds governance boot camp for nearly 200 participants; CIPE Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Greg Simpson speaks to a group of nearly 200 business students on business and society in the region; CIPE partner in Pakistan becomes part of new commission on status of women as a results of its advocacy efforts

Weekly Update: Multiregional

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CIPE hosts webinar on public-private dialogue; CIPE partner holds governance boot camp in the Philippines; CIPE partner in Pakistan promotes women’s entrepreneurship and business education for girls

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