This week on Democracy That Delivers, host Ken Jaques is joined by three guests with a strong and diverse background in women’s issues and programming. Valerie Dowling, the Director of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Women’s Democracy Network, Barbara Langley, CIPE’s Director of the Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Marc Schleifer, former Regional Director of CIPE’s Europe, Eurasia and South Asia department.
Dowling and Langley discuss future plans for joint initiatives in women’s programming between sister institutes IRI and CIPE, stressing that the expertise provided can ensure economic and political empowerment go hand in hand to remove barriers for women around the world. Schleifer discusses his experience working with Selima Ahmad, a long-time CIPE partner who successfully began and now presides over the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI).
On the two year anniversary of Colombia’s historic peace agreement, CIPE and experts describe the dramatic changes happening in-country and what may lie ahead. On November 24, 2016, Colombia’s government and FARC rebels agreed to end the insurgency that spanned more than 50 years, the longest-running armed conflict in Latin America.
On this week’s Democracy That Delivers, we are joined by two special guests from Colombia. Jaime Arteaga, Director of Jaime Arteaga and Associates , is CIPE’s lead in-country consultant in Colombia. Catalina Chamara Ortega, Director of the National Business Council of Colombia, joined him as well to discuss what she sees as the changes in narrative surrounding the future of Colombia. This includes changing the focus from security and instability to economic growth, business opportunities and increased investment. Arteaga also stresses that creating legal opportunities for citizens to make a living is an essential step forward for the country’s future development, noting CIPE’s expertise in developing projects to move citizens into the formal sector and ensure good business practices.
“Since 2019 the economy has been growing in an important way, and we see now after the peace agreement, there is a greater number of investors that have come into the country,” says Ortega.
For more information about CIPE’s work in the country, look for an upcoming post on the CIPE Development Blog.
Be sure to listen to our last podcast with Jaime Arteaga, on Democracy That Delivers Episode #89.
Technology has become a driver and an essential part of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship in the Financial Tech (FinTech) sector, in particular, has been undergoing a rapid transformation thanks to the growing prevalence of the digital economy.
On this special Democracy That Delivers podcast, we highlight the future of entrepreneurship as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. We are joined by DFS Lab’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dan Kleinbaum, and is joined by CIPE’s Program Coordinator for Africa, Hanna Wetters. Kleinbaum discusses his experience working in the space of emerging markets and financial services, and the growing opportunities he sees are “unlocked” thanks to services like digital payments being developed in countries such as Bangladesh and Kenya. Hanna Wetters shares how CIPE works within this environment to provide solutions to increase business advocacy. She highlights a guidebook recently launched by CIPE to help business communities, regulators, and civil society navigate the digital economy field – a key aspect of entrepreneurs’ futures.
This week on Democracy That Delivers, podcast host Ken Jaques is joined by the CEO of Prozorro.Sale, Oleksii Sobolev, and co-host Caroline Elkin, Program Assistant for Eastern Europe & Eurasia. Sobolev discusses his work at Prozorro.Sale, an online platform for public auctions that won the 2018 International Anti-Corruption award from C5 Accelerate and USA Institute of Peace as part of The Shield in the Cloud Innovation Challenge. He describes Prozorro.Sale as “the most transparent auction system in the world.” Looking forward, he hopes to see their work in more regions in Ukraine, and one day around the world.