The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was founded on the idea that economic freedom and political freedom are intertwined so that progress and development comes through a combination of political and economic liberalization. CIPE holds that democratic consolidation is not achieved through simply holding elections, establishing a free press, and recognizing human rights (although these remain necessary components). Instead, CIPE believes that functioning democracies require opportunities, between election cycles, for the public to participate in the policy process, as well as a private sector that can provide an outside voice in the democratic policy process.
Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.
CIPE works closely with its partners to provide young people around the world with the tools they need to become capable leaders, allowing them to organize and effectively represent their interests. To achieve progress, education must be accompanied by opportunity. Entrepreneurship is one key access point to policy making for many of the youth in developing countries. Developing the entrepreneurial potential of youth can help create alternatives to state employment, while teaching the young people the values of self-initiative and self-dependency. Further, CIPE programs build around the idea that to truly harness the relationship between entrepreneurship and society, youth must be well-integrated into both local and national policymaking strategy.
Their projects include:
- Making young people feel engaged and empowered to advance democratic and market-oriented reforms in their countries if those reforms are to have lasting impact.
- Including youth in policymaking processes thereby driving reform in new and unexpected directions that may benefit society more broadly than traditional reform approaches.
- Creating a platform to share stories from other cultural and economic contexts online can lead to a global network of young reformers.
Access to Information:
CIPE supports efforts to expand both the scope and quality of information available to the public and decision-makers. It works with local partners toward greater transparency in government, fewer restrictions for reformers, and greater understanding of democratic, market-oriented principles. CIPE programs help to allow greater access to government information, improve the professional skills of journalists, and increase alternative communication outlets, thereby strengthening democratic governance mechanisms while ensuring that citizens have a voice, crony and corrupt deals are exposed, and public officials can be held accountable for their actions.
Find out more about CIPE and their work all over the world.