Hudson Hollister quit his congressional job in 2012 and used his retirement savings to found The Data Coalition. His mission: to make U.S. government spending information more transparent and publicly available. The Data Coalition successfully pushed for new laws requiring federal agencies to release key financial figures on one internet site and use the same format.
Despite some big implementation challenges, Hollister says the requirements make government leaders more accountable to the public and provide new business opportunities to the private sector. In this week’s podcast, Hollister outlines next steps and new value propositions for entrepreneurs. CIPE’s Ryan Musser provides a global perspective, sharing his experiences about coalition building among competing businesses in Africa.
Businesses that take on corruption and pursue a path of integrity can come out ahead financially, says Frank Vogl, anti-corruption expert and adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
As part of its post-war recovery plan, Colombia’s government is offering big incentives to businesses that expand operations there and reaching out to local communities for input.
The new program is a critical part of Colombia’s ongoing peace process, according to Jaime Arteaga, CIPE’s lead in-country consultant.
The government is promising huge tax breaks to companies that make long-term investments in Colombia’s post-conflict regions, many of which are highly-populated and rich in natural resources. In this week’s podcast, Arteaga and CIPE Regional Director John Zemko discuss the challenges and benefits of increased private sector activity in Colombia.
This week’s podcast features Vladimir Petronijevic, executive director, and Miroslava Jelacic, legal analyst, with Group 484—a nonprofit organization founded in Serbia in 1995 to support 484 refugee families.
This week’s podcast guest is Imtiaz Gul, founder and executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), a Pakistan-based think tank.