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Democracy That Delivers

The Democracy That Delivers podcast is about democratic and economic development and the intersection between the two. Through their personal stories, guests share how their work is helping build stronger democratic institutions in countries all over the world and how they are tackling some of the major governance challenges that many countries face today. The weekly discussion covers a wide range of topics including entrepreneurship, governance, rule of law, and the role of the private sector in democratic processes.
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Apr 8, 2021

Jon Vrushi, Transparency International's Research Coordinator, joins ACGC's podcast to discuss the statistical basis and methodology behind the world's most popular corruption measure: The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Vrushi explains the 13 data sources behind the index and explains why expert opinions and evaluations of public sector corruption - including some based on quantitative evidence - are used instead of public perception surveys. Listen to Vrushi discuss how the CPI is “used and abused,” the impact it has (or doesn't have) on anti-corruption programming, and how tracking the world's corruption is influencing Transparency International's global strategy. He is joined by Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown and CIPE Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Apr 6, 2021

In this episode of Democracy that Delivers our host Ken Jaques is joined by co-host Hannah Byrd, CIPE Program Associate for the Center for Women's Economic Empowerment, and former CIPE LIFE Project Coordinator, Nour Akkad. Nour describes how the LIFE Project recruited and incubated refugee women and shares success stories from the program. CIPE and a Consortium of international partners developed the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project. The LIFE Project launched the first food incubators in Turkey, where members from the refugee and host communities start and scale food businesses, contributing directly to their livelihoods and economic development in their communities. While incubators often struggle to attract women to their cohortsalmost 70% of LIFE entrepreneurs are women. Listen to learn more about how entrepreneurship creates economic and leadership opportunities for refugee women and how future programs can learn from the lessons of the LIFE Project.  

Apr 1, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers our host Ken Jaques and co-host Luiza Ayvazyan, a CIPE Program Officer located in Armenia, are joined by Lilit Asatryan, founder and President of Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) and the founder of Women Entrepreneurship Network in Armenia. Listen to learn more about these two organizations that help women entrepreneurs access global business networks and develop entrepreneurial skills. 

Mar 30, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, our host Ken Jaques and our co-host Anna Kompanek, Director of CIPE's Global Programs, are joined by Mercedes Bidart, CEO & Co-Founder of Quipu. Quipu is a new digital platform and app that builds community marketplaces to allow micro-businesses in the informal economy to trade without money while building creditworthiness. The goal is to facilitate commerce in neighborhoods and increase disposable income, solving the problem of visibility, cash flow, and injustice in access to capital. Listen to learn more! 

Mar 26, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers our host Ken Jaques is joined by Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown and our guest Gary Kalman, Director of the U.S. Office of Transparency International. Gary Kalman is a leading voice in the U.S. for the concerns and priorities of the global anti-corruption movement. Prior to his current position, Kalman had been the executive director of The FACT Coalition. Listen to this podcast to learn more about Gary Kalman's experience and Transparency International's efforts in supporting and promoting the U.S. role in global anti-corruption efforts. 

Mar 23, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, our host Ken Jaques is joined by our Executive Director Andrew Wilson and the Director of the Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment (CWEE) Barb Langley. CWEE is celebrating its third anniversary and Women’s History Month. Listen to this episode to learn more about CWEE’s history and future projects and initiatives.

Mar 16, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, our host Ken Jaques and our co-host and Executive Director, Andrew Wilson, are joined by Solidarity Center’s Executive Director, Shawna Bader-Blau. This discussion is the second podcast in our series titled, The Future of Democracy. Shawna Bader-Blau shares her insight on the events of January 6th, COVID-19, and how they both have shaped and changed the future of democracy and democracy work.

Mar 12, 2021

Delia Ferreira, Chair of Transparency International (TI), joins the podcast to give a decade-spanning tour of the global fight against corruption from her start as a non-profit leader in Argentina, to the global corruption agenda milestones of the 1990s and 2000s, and finally during the current era of high-profile and sophisticated corruption. Ferreira, who consults for governments, businesses, and international organizations in her leadership capacity with the world’s best-known anti-corruption NGO, is joined by Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown and CIPE Communications Director Ken Jaques. Listen to Ferreira share TI’s priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, her suggestions for global businesses that she sees increasingly willing to adopt social and community-minded approaches, and what she would do if TI was awarded an extra $50 million in funding this year. 

Mar 10, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, our host Ken Jaques is joined by co-host, Maya Eristavi, the Center for International Private Enterprise’s representative in Georgia for the USAID-funded Economic Governance Program. Our guest, Natia Ninikelashvili, is an entrepreneur who founded Soplidan.ge. Soplidan.ge is an innovative online business that connects farmers and customers with an online shop and home delivery system. Listen to learn more about Natia Ninikelashvili’s insight on creating a digital platform and the lessons she’s learned as a businesswoman.

Mar 2, 2021

The events of January 6th changed the way we look at our democracy. Democracy work is more important than ever and our new series titled, The Future of Democracy, takes a deep dive into the ways we approach our work. Our host Ken Jaques and co-host Andrew Wilson, CIPE’s Executive Director, kick off the series with Derek Mitchell, National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) president. Listen to this episode to gain insight on the future of democracy and democracy support.

Feb 26, 2021

Michael Johnston, co-author of the new book, The Conundrum of Corruption: Reform for Social Justice, joins the podcast to speak about “the one goal that makes corruption control a compelling concern in the first place: justice.” Johnston, a retired Colgate University professor and anti-corruption scholar with a career spanning 30 years, joins Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown and CIPE Communications Director Ken Jaques to discuss what he describes as the “anti-corruption industry.” Johnston traces the development of the anti-corruption movement from its early days of innovation to a status quo he sees as defined by inertia and insularity. Listen to Johnston’s thoughts on how the pandemic is changing perceptions of corruption and inequality, and why political contention may be the only way to achieve lasting change.

Feb 23, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, Dr. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute joins our host Ken Jaques and Co-host Anna Kompanek, Director of CIPE’s Global Programs. Dr. Scharmer explains his new way of thinking about leadership for social transformation. For more information on this topic visit his site and read his book “Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies”.

Feb 16, 2021

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is under the control of its army after a military coup overturned a free and fair election on February 1, 2021. On this episode of Democracy that Delivers we’re joined by Khin Lay, a civil society leader living and working in the country; she shares an inside look at what is happening in the country and how the rest of the world can help. John Morrell, CIPE’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, appears as a guest host in this episode.

Feb 11, 2021

What is Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how is it changing investing? Why has investor adoption of ESG accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What does the broadening of compliance standards driven by ESG mean for global anticorruption efforts? Please join a discussion of these questions and more in the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center's latest podcast featuring ESG expert Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, who is a Director at Planet Tracker and Climate Advisers and a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. The podcast is hosted by Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes.

Feb 9, 2021

COVID-19 is disrupting supply chains and slowing economic integration around the globe. Nigeria is no exception. Still, the virus hasn't prevented free trade advocates in Africa from moving ahead. In this edition of Democracy that Delivers, Dr. Jonathan Aremu, a university professor and former official with the Central Bank of Nigeria, discusses the progress of the proposed African Continental Free Trade Area. He joins our host Ken Jaques and CIPE's Africa Regional Director Lars Benson.

Feb 2, 2021

Democracy is a journey, not a destination. Around the world, uprisings and challenges are familiar to many democratic political leaders. But there are always paths to progress. For example, political leaders in Moldova are working hard to build democratic norms and strengthen the country’s institutions. They are putting an emphasis on good governance and pushing back against corrupt politicians and practices. Dumitru Alaiba, a member of parliament, joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and CIPE's Europe & Eurasia Regional Director Natalia Otel Belan for a discussion about the future of representative government in Moldova.

Jan 29, 2021

In this latest episode, CIPE's Anti-Corruption & Governance Center features Hasna Munas, an analyst for Verité Research, Sri Lanka’s leading independent think tank. She tells an insider's story of the development of Sri Lanka’s first-ever Right To Information (RTI) law five years ago. Since then, the law has become known as one of the best RTI laws in Asia and the basis for Verité Research's groundbreaking new website, BudgetPromises.org, a one-stop shop for citizens, visitors, and businesses to hold Sri Lanka’s government accountable for how it spends money through an easily understandable visual format. The podcast is hosted by CIPE Asia Regional Director John Morrell and Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Jan 14, 2021

The unprecedented disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit compliance with environmental laws and regulations hard. In this episode, Shahrzad Majdameli, an attorney with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes for a discussion about how the global health emergency has had a domino effect on environmental monitoring, dangerous material disposal, permits and licensing, due diligence, and commercial fraud. 

Dec 30, 2020

What's the secret to making anti-corruption efforts effective in the long term? What lessons can be learned from the mistakes made in public funding and emergency supply chains during COVID-19? In this episode, special guest Kenneth Barden shares answers to these and other questions by drawing on his decades-long career tackling fraud, corruption, and governance challenges, including as a Compliance Specialist role with the Green Climate Fund and an advisor for USAID. This episode is hosted by ACGC Program Officer Michele Crymes and Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Dec 15, 2020

Fedesarrollo’s executive director Luis Fernando Mejia discusses his views on Colombia’s “Future of Work” perspectives. Fedesarrollo’s 50th anniversary gives us the chance to look back at where Colombia was in 1970, assess the country’s modern economy, and explore its post-Covid-19 future.

Dec 10, 2020

Financial Times investigative journalist Tom Burgis, author of the recently released book, Kleptopia, and one of the brightest minds in global corruption, is the guest on the latest edition of the Democracy That Delivers podcast from the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center with CIPE hosts Ken Jaques and Frank Brown. Listen now to hear more about how Burgis' "nonfiction thriller" breaks down the technical complexity of foreign corruption and money laundering into the human stories of four individuals at the nexus of foreign kleptocracy, as well as a discussion about the damage corrupt foreign money inflicts on democratic institutions.

Dec 8, 2020

Frank Vogl is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Partnership for Transparency Fund. In this podcast, he discusses how now more than ever, transparency and accountability are needed on infrastructure investments, which longer-term will be essential to rebuilding economies.

Read his recent blog on the CIPE website here: https://www.cipe.org/blog/2020/12/08/challenge-one-confronting-the-worlds-unprecedented-humanitarian-crisis/ 

Nov 27, 2020

Deglobalization, nationalism, and the global COVID-19 pandemic are challenging efforts to fight corruption. Joined this week by anti-corruption veteran, thought leader, and chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, Dragos Kos, CIPE host and anti-corruption director Frank Brown leads a discussion about how new measures—including economic sanctions, diplomacy, and a possible international anti-corruption criminal court—may help countries and activists combat rising global integrity challenges. 

Nov 25, 2020

Gender mainstreaming and safeguarding is a growing area of focus in international development, governance, and the private sector.  In this podcast, CIPE's Ken Jaques is joined by two experts to discuss gender mainstreaming with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and private-sector partner DHL, to discuss how it leads innovation and often finds solutions that can be cross-cutting among societal sectors and business. Candice White, joins us from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation at theWorld Economic Forum, and Sarah Meinert joins us from DHL. 

Read the Alliance gender paper and gender review of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement discussed in the podcast.

Nov 17, 2020

We are joined by Kim Bettcher, Director of CIPE's Policy and Program Learning Department, to discuss some of CIPE's approaches to promote policy changes for entrepreneurs, and the work our partners do to promote entrepreneurship on a global scale.

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