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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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Feb 11, 2020

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.

Feb 5, 2020

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.

Jan 27, 2020

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. 

Jan 21, 2020

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.

Jan 17, 2020

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. 

Jan 8, 2020

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.

Dec 20, 2019

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.

Dec 10, 2019

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.

Dec 3, 2019

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, announced a briefing analyzing corruption in the Balkans on December 3rd, 2019, titled:

IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY

Corruption as a Brake on Balkan Recovery

We are joined by Igor Novakovic, Research Director, International and Security Affairs Centre in Serbia, and Misha Popovikj, Project Coordinator and Researcher at the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis Skopje in North Macedonia. They discuss CIPE's work on corrosive capital and the what they have done with CIPE since the launch of the report: "Channeling the Tides - Protecting Democracies Amid a Flood of Corrosive Capital."

Learn more about the event here, and watch it on Facebook Live.

 

Dec 3, 2019

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, announced a briefing analyzing corruption in the Balkans on December 3rd, 2019, titled:

IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY

Corruption as a Brake on Balkan Recovery

We are joined by Igor Stojanovic, Researcher with the Center for Civic Initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Martin Vladimirov, Analyst with the Economics Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria. They discuss CIPE's work on corrosive capital and the what they have done with CIPE since the launch of the report: "Channeling the Tides - Protecting Democracies Amid a Flood of Corrosive Capital."

Learn more about the event here, and watch it on Facebook Live.

 

Nov 14, 2019

We are joined this week by Randall Kempner, Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, also known as ANDE. He and CIPE's Director of Knowledge Management, Kim Bettcher, discuss ANDE's strategy over the past decade since its founding in 2009, and what its new strategy will be in the next decade. 

"What I and my team want to make sure, is that those people that are supporting entrepreneurs are benefiting from the best practice, the best knowledge and the connections so they are more effective at what they do, and then we want the world to embrace small and growing businesses as a tool to support the development and attainment of the sustainable development goals," says Randall Kempner about ANDE's goal. 

Listen to the full interview today!

Nov 4, 2019

Due to technical difficulties at the CIPE studio, last week's Democracy That Delivers podcast is being published this week. 

This week, Martina Hrvolova, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at CIPE, is our host. She is joined by Josh Rudolph, the Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. They discuss the issue of party financing from foreign sources, focusing on some country examples and channels, including shell companies or subsidiaries of foreign companies in recipient countries. He also introduces ASD’s influence tracker - a depository meant to expose the Russian government’s foreign interference activities in more than 40 transatlantic countries from 2000 to the present across the five tools ASD tracks. These tools are: information operationscyberattackspolitical and social subversionstrategic economic coercion, and malign finance.

Oct 22, 2019

We are joined this week by consortium members of the Women And Girls Empowered program (WAGE) to introduce this global programming consortium. The mission of WAGE is to advance the status of women and girls around the world. The program is funded by the U.S Department of State's Office for Global Women's Issues. The consortium is led by the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in very close partnership with CIPE, Grameen Foundation, and Search for Common Ground.The primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations around the world to work holistically advancing the status of women. Guests include:

  • Denise Baer – Director of Evaluation, CIPE
  • Paula Rudnicka – Technical Advisor, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
  • Marin O’Brien Belhoussein – Senior Program Officer, Institutional Learning Team, Search for Common Ground
  • Bobbie Gray – Research Director – Grameen Foundation

 

Oct 15, 2019

To enhance the capacity of Macedonian youth to engage in entrepreneurship, CIPE, William Davidson Institute (WDI) of the University of Michigan, and Youth Educational Forum (YEF) have partnered to develop a comprehensive youth entrepreneurship training program for North Macedonia. Since its pilot in 2017, the program supports and encourages youth entrepreneurship and private sector employment across various sectors of the country’s economy.

We are joined by Stephen Brand, Entrepreneurship Consultant of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Martina Hrvolova, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at CIPE and Kim Bettcher, Director for Knowledge Management at CIPE.

Oct 9, 2019

What pathways can one take to get a job in international development? This week, we hear from three staff members who took very different routes to come to CIPE. From interests in governance, private sector and CSOs, or regional passions, CIPE provides all kinds of opportunities.

Sep 27, 2019

This week on Democracy That Delivers, we are joined by Martina Hrvolova and Ken Jaques. Martina shares a glimpse of her upcoming presentation at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) 2019 Western Balkans Regional Conference. They discuss CIPE's approach to identifying and combatting corrosive capital through different governance structures, as countries are at different stages in their development, and the steps they are taking to recognize the threat. 

Sep 24, 2019

In this episode of Democracy That Delivers, we are joined by Peter Glover, Associate program Officer of CIPE's Anti-Corruption and Governance Center, and special guest Schuyler Miller. Miller recently returned from Trinity College in Dublin, where he completed his Master's Degree in International relations. He joins us to discuss the findings from his research dissertation on the relationship between international organizational input and financial disclosure reforms.  

Sep 16, 2019

In this week's Democracy That Delivers, we are joined by José Raúl Perales, Deputy Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF) at CIPE. Perales and host Ken Jaques discuss the beginnings of GATF's work with CIPE, and how trade and the private sector can work better together. They also discuss the first project the team at CIPE has closed out, and the great successes that have come out of it in Colombia:

"It was a relatively small project, but the impact in monetary terms is 900% the investment that was made to implement the system."

Jose Raul Perales recently did a CIPE Insights video interview about some more projects GATF is currently working on. Check it out: https://www.cipe.org/newsroom/cipe-insights-with-jose-raul-perales/

Sep 4, 2019

"You need an infrastructure spine to build an economy," says guest Gyude Moore in this week's episode of Democracy That Delivers.

Gyude Moore is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and former Minister of Public Works for Liberia. He joins Ryan Musser, Program Officer for Africa at CIPE, and host Ken Jaques, in an insightful discussion on the vast field of infrastructure development. They discuss a number of issues, including the presence and practices of leading bilateral lender, China, as well as the current gaps in infrastructure in the African continent and how that impacts the economy. 

Aug 20, 2019

Rick O'Sullivan joins host Ken Jaques and co-host Ryan Musser to continue their conversation about collective governance. During this session, they discuss the CAMP Matrix and its significance in explaining and understanding associations. Associations are not just about members. Members are only one of four core constituencies that associations need to engage to ensure their very survival. The other three, Customers, Allies, and Partners, are often overlooked but of equal importance to the success of an association.

Aug 14, 2019

This week on Democracy That Delivers, we are joined by Rick O'Sullivan, who joined us for episode #157 of DTD.

This podcast continues the conversation with co-host Ryan Musser, and host Ken Jaques. They examine the importance of civil society taking an active role in governing and not just advocating for government action through legislative or regulatory restraints.  During their conversation, they link  “third party governance” to self-sustaining CSO capacity, reducing corruption and countering the closing of civil society space.

Aug 6, 2019

Desmond Irabor is a Program Officer at Nigeria's field office. He has been involved in supporting and leading the implementation of numerous CIPE projects in Nigeria, that include:

  • Building state-based coalitions in 7states in Nigeria and a national women’s coalition that included state business agendas and two election debates (2015 and 2019)
  • A port-reform project with Lagos Chamber of Commerce and the Organized Private Sector
  • Building the capacity of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and developing a chamber accreditation program for Nigerian chambers
Jul 30, 2019

We are joined by Ali Ayadi, CIPE’s Country Representative in Tunisia, to discuss the changing social, political and economic environment of the country. He and host Ken Jaques begin by discussing the recent passing of the late President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi. Ayadi then discusses some of the work CIPE does with partners such as the Jasmine Foundation and Institute Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises  (IACE) to help boost youth entrepreneurship in the country, and how the office has been working with government, business, civil society to help pass reforms. One of such initiatives focuses on corruption, and how to help the business community identify top priorities to introduce reforms, noting that corruption is part of what keeps young people from being included in their national economy.

Jul 23, 2019

Emily Crain joins us this week on Democracy That Delivers to discuss her recent trip in Geneva, Switzerland, where she attended the Centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Part of the conversations at the conference included the discussion of the convention concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work. She describes the nuances of the convention with the tripartite system (government, private sector, and workers), and the resulting Convention 190. 

Emily Crain is the Director of Fontheim International, LLC, where she manages client relationships and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She also manages programs of GlobalWorks Foundation.

Jul 17, 2019

This week on Democracy That Delivers, our host is Lars Benson, Regional Director of Africa for CIPE. We are joined by co-host Ryan Musser, Program Officer for Africa at CIPE, and Eric Olander, the founder of the China Africa Project (CAP). CAP is an independent, non-partisan media initiative dedicated to exploring every facet of China’s engagement in Africa. The CAP is now followed by more than a million people around the world, especially among policymakers in Beijing and Washington. Eric is also the co-host of the weekly China in Africa podcast that is now among the top-10% most downloaded shows worldwide. Eric provides nuanced insights into China and its actions both in Africa and around the world, and the three discuss China’s “corrosive” investments across the continent.

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