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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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Oct 10, 2018

Nate Herman, Senior Vice President with the Supply Chain of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), joins host Ken Jaques and guest host Jeanne Cook for a discussion of Herman’s work on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Much of the conversation was spent dissecting various supply chain issues, including the importance of the safety of the product, timely delivery of the product, the workforce environment and quality, as well as traceability.

 

Herman also emphasizes the three priorities driving AAFA members to become more active in social compliance and similar matters:

  • Legal liability, or complying with the law.
  • Brand reputation in a 24/7 media world. He says: “[Companies] need to be doing the right thing because consumers expect it”
  • The premise of doing the right thing: “Most companies want to do the right thing because it’s good for their business, and in the long-term, good for their bottom line.”

 

This special Democracy that Delivers podcast is part of an ongoing series organized by CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center.

Oct 2, 2018

This week, on Democracy that Delivers, CIPE’s Program Officer for Global Programs, Louisa Tomar, joins hosts Ken Jaques and Pamela Kelley-Lauder to discuss the upcoming launch of a new Digital Economy Guidebook co-authored by CIPE and New Markets Lab. Tomar provides some insight as to what CIPE does in the area of digital economy, and why this guidebook is so instrumental when discussing regulations, legality, compliance obligations, and more within the field.

She discusses the use of this guidebook, and how CIPE will be co-hosting public-private dialogue forums with local partners to engage business, government and civil society in dialogue on digital transformations in emerging and frontier markets and building a more inclusive digital economy.

Sep 25, 2018

Dr. Wenhong Chen, of the University of Texas at Austin, joins Catherine Tai, Program Officer for Asia and the Pacific, and host Ken Jaques in a lively discussion about the future of the technology industry in China. Chen discusses the Chinese strategy for recruiting global talent in the development of prominent apps, both for small enterprises and tech giants like Ali Baba. She explains Chinese government’s strategic influence in promoting job and educational opportunities to fill the famed “AI Gap,” averaging 5 million jobs. Looking forward, Chen says to expect heated competition in Southeast Asia as the region’s market becomes increasingly attractive to Chinese tech giants with a global strategy for the country’s digital transformation and expansion.

Aug 14, 2018

The Center for International Private Enterprise’s Assistant Program Officer for Africa, Ryan Musser, joins hosts Ken Jaques and Pam Kelley-Lauder for a discussion on Zimbabwe. Musser illustrates the current situation in Zimbabwe following their recent election cycle, and explains some of the important work CIPE  has accomplished with the informal sector in the country.

Jul 31, 2018

Shruti Shah, President and CEO of the Coalition of Integrity, discusses the growing demand for ethics & accountability around the world, and the role of the Coalition as they execute their mission. 

Shah illustrates her lifelong commitment to fighting corruption, and elaborates on the Coalition’s mission to promote greater transparency and accountability, and looks forward at the positive changes to come in ethics, compliance and integrity programs.

Four important points laid out by Shah in regards to how organizations can set a good culture of compliance: 

  1. Make sure there are (anonymous) reporting mechanisms
  2. Set good incentives and discourage bad incentives
  3. Ensure disciplinary measures
  4. Accountability
Jul 25, 2018

On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, CIPE’s Senior Program Officer for South Asia Jennifer Anderson sits in for Ken Jaques to conduct an engaging interview with Ali Salman on the wake of Malaysia’s election upset. After 61 years, Malaysia’s ruling coalition was defeated in the ballots.

Salman begins by sharing his experience working on the topic of religion and liberty as a founding member and now CEO of the Islam and Liberty Network, eager to establish a global program to share Islam’s foundations as a proponent for free-trade and market economy.

Anderson and Salman then discuss the surprising political change in Malaysia and the role of IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs) in changing the way citizens view government performance, as well as the role of anti-corruption efforts in the region.

Jul 19, 2018

“What would happen, if ten years down the road, half of the (NATO) alliance is authoritarian?” asks Jonathan Katz, a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Katz, who has held numerous senior positions in the U.S. government, recently co-authored the article "An Inconvenient Truth: Addressing Democratic Backsliding within NATO" and sat down with CIPE’s Natalia Otel Belan and Pam Kelley Lauder. They discussed heightened concerns about democratic backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as possible measures by nations and the development community to address mounting challenges.

Jun 26, 2018

On the latest Democracy that Delivers podcast, FHI 360’s Phil Psilos talks about “The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability”. Psilos is the non-profit organization’s Asia-Pacific Technical Director for Economic Development and Innovation. Along with host Ken Jaques, and guest host Marc Schleifer, he highlights key entrepreneurial processes, new mobile technologies, and data-driven tools that are fostering stability in fragile and emerging economies. Psilos shares his favorite stories about dozens of innovation projects around the world and explains how his research on entrepreneurial inclusion has progressed over the years.

Jun 19, 2018

On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, CIPE’s Ken Jaques and Anna Kompanek sat down with incoming CEO of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Gerry Zack to discuss how fraud and compliance issues have evolved over the last 30 years. Zack has spent more than 30 years providing services involving the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud, corruption and noncompliance.

May 29, 2018

In this latest Democracy that Delivers podcast, Anatoly Motkin, the founder and president of StrategEast, joined CIPE’s Ken Jaques and Maiko Nakagaki to discuss the growth of digital economies in the former Soviet Union. Motkin talks in-depth about the how the recent legislation in Belarus called Decree #8 “On the Digital Economy,” is designed to spur growth in the IT sector through various tax breaks. He also discusses how countries such as Belarus seem to be more advanced in the growth of digital economies than others in the region.

May 22, 2018

On this new podcast, a look at the political and economic situation in Tunisia with CIPE Country Representative Ali Ayadi.

May 9, 2018

On this week’s Democracy that Delivers podcast: International columnist and author Richard Javad Heydarian shares first-hand observations and insightful analysis on the latest developments and challenges related to governance and democracy in the Philippines.

In a discussion on Asian geopolitics, he shares his theories about what created the rise of the Duterte movement, and predictions on what populism means for elections around the globe.

May 1, 2018

Petar Čekerevac, the Executive Manager of LIBEK, a Serbian organization promoting individual liberty and a free market economy, discussed the evolution of his home country economically and politically since the Yugoslav Wars.

Apr 17, 2018

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund, currently holding their Spring meetings in Washington, cite corruption as a top challenge to promoting inclusive economic growth and ending extreme poverty. However, studies indicate that many anti-corruption interventions fail to have significant impact. So what anti-corruption approaches are really working?

CIPE talks with one of the world’s leading academic voices on the subject, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Democracy Studies Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Apr 10, 2018

For insight on how some governments are encouraging change in the public and private sectors, CIPE’s Ken Jaques and Tim Ridout interviewed Renato de Oliveira Capanema, Brazil’s Director for Integrity and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Transparency and Office of the Comptroller-General.

Apr 3, 2018

CIPE looks at the evolving roles of Slovakia’s civil society and NGOs in recent decades with Pavol Demeš, a Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund.

Mar 27, 2018

Jessica Batke, senior editor of ChinaFile, explains that although the new Foreign NGO Law will provide a better framework for NGOs operating in China, it could have dire effects on those organizations promoting advocacy or NGOs whose objectives do not align with those of the Chinese government

Mar 20, 2018

Brad Coley, Economic Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, recently sat down with CIPE’s John Morrell and Pam Kelley to discuss how the WBRC project is helping to advance gender equality and positively impacting PNG’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Mar 13, 2018

Samy Boukaila, the founder of Algeria’s first think tank, CARE, recently sat down with CIPE’s Ken Jaques and Brenna Curti to explain why economic diversification is so critical for the nation and how his organization has pressed the message.

Mar 6, 2018

Former Malawi President Joyce Banda on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa

Feb 23, 2018

On this week’s podcast, George Welton provides insight on Georgia’s struggle with corruption following the fall of the Soviet Union and the country’s economic collapse.

Feb 14, 2018

New York Times journalist David Barboza discusses how he uncovered a network of corruption by the Chinese prime minister’s family in which billions of dollars in secret wealth were uncovered.

Feb 7, 2018

Andrew Wedeman, a political science professor at Georgia State University, provides a history of China’s economic growth and the positive and negative effects of its international investments thru the One Belt One Road Initiative.

Feb 2, 2018

Ruslan Stefanov, Director of the Economic Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria

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