Selima Ahmad is a member of the Bangladesh Parliament, as well as founder and president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI). She joins us for a podcast with CIPE's Center for Women and Economic Empowerment Director Barbara Langley to discuss how Bangladesh is managing the COVID19 crisis and some things she is doing in her capacity as a politician and businesswoman.
Brian Joseph is Vice President, Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy. He has over 20 years of experience working to advance democracy and human rights. He joins our host Ken Jaques to discuss COVID-19 and government's responses around the world.
Dr. Ali Riaz is a well-known author, a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with the Atlantic Council, and a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Politics and Government of Illinois State University. He joins Regional Director John Morrell, and host Ken Jaques to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Bangladesh’s economy as well as some insight on other parts of South Asia.
Mary Silaban, Senior Fellow at Paramadina Public Policy Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia, discusses her research on property rights, investments, and the mining sector. Silaban joined us as a panelist for a CIPE event titled: "Mitigating Governance Risks from Investment in Southeast Asia – A Study of Chinese Capital Flows to Eight Countries." More information and a recording of the event can be found on the CIPE website.
This podcast was originally recorded in December 2019.
Sujeev Shakya is the Founder CEO of beed (www.beed.com.np), a Nepal based international management consulting and financial advisory firm that works in Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, and the US. He joins Regional Director John Morrell, and host Ken Jaques to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Nepal’s economy.
We celebrate Democracy That Deliver's 200th podcast with a special episode just in time for Giving Tuesday 2020.
We are joined by CIPE's Marie Principe and the Stimson Center's Johanna Mendelson-Forman for a behind the scenes look at CIPE's very first cookbook "The Cuisine of LIFE" - now available for purchase online.
To learn more about the cookbook and the project, please visit: https://lifeforentrepreneurs.com/cookbook
This podcast was originally recorded in December 2019.
Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Development Studies of the University of Dhaka. He joins Regional Director John Morrell, and host Ken Jaques to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Bangladesh’s economy.
Professor Dr. S Akbar Zaidi is a Political Economist who has had nearly four decades of teaching and research experience in Pakistan and abroad. He joins Regional Director John Morrell, and host Ken Jaques to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Pakistan's economy.
How can we advocate forcefully to maintain a business enabling environment amid COVID-19, lockdowns, and changing rules? Associations and chambers of commerce affiliated with CIPE are providing new forms of leadership on this front, as well as services and information, to people around the world. CIPE Executive Director Andrew Wilson and Senior Program Officer Stephen Rosenlund explain how they and partners in numerous countries are leveraging “maximum telework situations” to help micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises stay connected and in business.
Laurence Todd, Director of Research at IDEAS (Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs) in Malaysia, joins host Ken Jaques. Todd visited CIPE's headquarters for an event on Chinese capital flows to Southeast Asian countries in December 2019 to pre-launch a report on the topic co-authored by Todd.
We close out Women's History Month with a podcast with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Product Lead for the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Gender Secretariat, Heather Mae Kipnis, and CIPE's Director for the Center for Women's Economic Empowerment, Barbara Langley. They discuss IFC's role in supporting stakeholders and clients to close gender gaps in the economy, and doing so in a sustainable way. Heather Mae Kipnis highlights the business case for closing the gender gap and help create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs, and the top 6 challenges women face in business and investment.
This podcast was originally recorded in November 2019.
Dr. Liz David-Barrett, Professor of Governance and Integrity and Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex, joins Associate Program Officer for CIPE's Anti-Corruption and Governance Center in this podcast. They discuss major trends in the global anti-corruption space and its study, and what corporations can in terms of global leadership. Dr. David-Barrett also talks about her work with "integrity clubs" and their conditions for success.
This week, Carolina Acosta, Regional Representative for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF), joins host Ken Jaques and co-host Florent Bakija, Program Officer for GATF. They discuss how trade facilitation can help developing countries like Colombia save millions every year (approx $14.3 million) if the Trade Facilitation Agreement is implemented. They also highlight how the work in Colombia has been a huge success, and how the project can be replicated in countries around the world. The harmonization of customs procedures is a huge opportunity for business and authorities, says Carolina Acosta.
Read the full case study of GATF (and CIPE's) work in Colombia on this project with partner INVIMA: https://www.cipe.org/resources/colombia-making-trade-of-essential-goods-simpler-faster-and-more-cost-effective/
*Special 1 hour podcast for International Women's Day 2020!*
CIPE's most recent Center for Women's Economic Empowerment (CWEE) event brought together two of CIPE's most notable partners together from the other side of the globe: Manizha Wafeq of the Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Foluke Ademokun of the Association of Nigerian Women’s Business Network. They are joined by CWEE Director Barbara Langley as they all discuss ways to improve conditions for women in the economy, as well as their efforts and achievements in eradication barriers through business leadership and advocacy.
The podcasts guests were brought in 2019 as panelists for an event at CIPE Headquarters. Watch the full livestream of the event today.
Aisalkyn Botoeva’s work as a sociologist addresses many of CIPE’s focus areas, from women’s entrepreneurship to associations, specifically in Central Asia, she has a lot of experience to share. In this podcast, she will discuss the evolution of women’s entrepreneurship from the 1990s to today in two countries, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. She will analyze the impact of international organizations, governments, as well as women’s own organizations in supporting entrepreneurship, and identify areas for further work.
Deependra Chaulagain is the Director of Operations & Outreach at Samriddhi Foundation where he designs operational systems and oversees outreach programs. He joined Samriddhi Foundation in 2007 and is also a former President of Liberal Youth of South Asia (LYSA). He holds experience of designing and executing several national and international programs in youth politics and entrepreneurship.
Syeed Ahamed is a public policy analyst and CEO of the public policy think-tank— Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) that aims to make policy public.
Last year, CIPE began the first of a multi-phase program with IID. In the first phase, CIPE and IID selected 101 young people through an intensely competitive process to participate in this program. IID ensured participants represented diverse communities as well as local leadership from existing youth clubs, thereby maximizing the reach and impact of the program.
This year’s program focuses on invigorating the post-election reform agenda by giving a voice to young people from across the country and ensuring that national-level reformers are responsive to the concerns of youth.
Tajikistan, a country of approximately 9 million, is the poorest of the post-Soviet states. Remittances from labor migrants – over 1 million of whom travel to Russia each year for work – make up roughly 30% of GDP. In this context, Western narratives often neglect the business environment in Tajikistan for foreign companies as well as local entrepreneurs. As the former Executive Director of the AmCham and a specialist in digital and startup development, Ilhom Aliev is uniquely positioned to discuss the role of American and other Western companies in the country, explain the challenges local businesses face, and spotlight encouraging developments in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem such as a locally-funded startup accelerator.
Jaroslav Romanchuk is a leading free-market economist, advocate for the private sector, and voice for democracy throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia, particularly in Belarus. As a longtime CIPE partner, he has built the capacity of business organizations to advocate reforms in challenging environments and helped CIPE to identify lessons applicable around the world.
This podcast focuses on Jaroslav’s work in Belarus, involvement with CIPE in Uzbekistan, and global trends to identify lessons applicable to those working in challenging environments.
This week on Democracy That Delivers, Zia Banday, the Joint Executive Director of PRIME Institute, a public policy research organization and think tank, discusses the subject of democratic governance reform in Pakistan. He highlights PRIME's work in assessing the role of municipalities in facilitating ease of doing business for SMEs and MEs in Pakistan.
This week on Democracy That Delivers, we are joined once again by Jaime Arteaga, CIPE's Country Representative in Colombia. Since July 2018, CIPE has been working with Jaime and local partners in Colombia, Asocentro and Consejo Gremial Nacional, on a project to increase private investment in zones transitioning from conflict. Jaime speaks about how CIPE adapted the project strategy to changing local conditions and share success stories and lessons learned as the project is ending.
CIPE's Mohammed Nasib, Country Director in Afghanistan, reflects on the current state of Afghanistan's socio-political and economic affairs. He discusses CIPE's grassroots work helping citizen-led advocacy taskforces to include youth and women at the provincial level (with Provincial Business Agendas) to create greater impact.
Priscilla Clapp joins us on CIPE's Democracy That Delivers podcast this week. She is currently a senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Asia Society, and is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Host Ken Jaques asks her to share some stories on her insightful career spanning some of America's most turbulent times for arms control during the Cold War, and her experience working in the Asia region.
This week we are joined by John Zemko, Regional Director for LAC at CIPE, and Julia Pomares , who has been the executive director of the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) since December 2015.
CIPE and CIPPEC worked together during the 2011 presidential elections in Argentina to hold the first presidential debates in the country. During this most recent election, we saw the candidates debate each other twice. Results aside, and at a time when we are seeing protests break out all across the region, she discussed what we can take away from this election, especially regarding the state of democracy in Argentina.
This week on Democracy That Delivers we are joined by Narayan Adhikari from Nepal's Accountability Lab. They discuss his work in developing a number of innovative tools for accountability and open government, including a pioneering television show and movement called Integrity Icon; and the Mobile Citizen Helpdesks which have ensured citizen voices have been been fed into plans for $4.4 billion of international spending after Nepal's devastating earthquake. The Integrity Icon is a global program that now runs in 10 different countries.