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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 26, 2021

Michael Johnston, co-author of the new book, The Conundrum of Corruption: Reform for Social Justice, joins the podcast to speak about “the one goal that makes corruption control a compelling concern in the first place: justice.” Johnston, a retired Colgate University professor and anti-corruption scholar with a career spanning 30 years, joins Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown and CIPE Communications Director Ken Jaques to discuss what he describes as the “anti-corruption industry.” Johnston traces the development of the anti-corruption movement from its early days of innovation to a status quo he sees as defined by inertia and insularity. Listen to Johnston’s thoughts on how the pandemic is changing perceptions of corruption and inequality, and why political contention may be the only way to achieve lasting change.

Feb 23, 2021

On this episode of Democracy that Delivers, Dr. Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute joins our host Ken Jaques and Co-host Anna Kompanek, Director of CIPE’s Global Programs. Dr. Scharmer explains his new way of thinking about leadership for social transformation. For more information on this topic visit his site and read his book “Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies”.

Feb 16, 2021

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is under the control of its army after a military coup overturned a free and fair election on February 1, 2021. On this episode of Democracy that Delivers we’re joined by Khin Lay, a civil society leader living and working in the country; she shares an inside look at what is happening in the country and how the rest of the world can help. John Morrell, CIPE’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, appears as a guest host in this episode.

Feb 11, 2021

What is Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how is it changing investing? Why has investor adoption of ESG accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What does the broadening of compliance standards driven by ESG mean for global anticorruption efforts? Please join a discussion of these questions and more in the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center's latest podcast featuring ESG expert Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, who is a Director at Planet Tracker and Climate Advisers and a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. The podcast is hosted by Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes.

Feb 9, 2021

COVID-19 is disrupting supply chains and slowing economic integration around the globe. Nigeria is no exception. Still, the virus hasn't prevented free trade advocates in Africa from moving ahead. In this edition of Democracy that Delivers, Dr. Jonathan Aremu, a university professor and former official with the Central Bank of Nigeria, discusses the progress of the proposed African Continental Free Trade Area. He joins our host Ken Jaques and CIPE's Africa Regional Director Lars Benson.

Feb 2, 2021

Democracy is a journey, not a destination. Around the world, uprisings and challenges are familiar to many democratic political leaders. But there are always paths to progress. For example, political leaders in Moldova are working hard to build democratic norms and strengthen the country’s institutions. They are putting an emphasis on good governance and pushing back against corrupt politicians and practices. Dumitru Alaiba, a member of parliament, joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and CIPE's Europe & Eurasia Regional Director Natalia Otel Belan for a discussion about the future of representative government in Moldova.

Jan 29, 2021

In this latest episode, CIPE's Anti-Corruption & Governance Center features Hasna Munas, an analyst for Verité Research, Sri Lanka’s leading independent think tank. She tells an insider's story of the development of Sri Lanka’s first-ever Right To Information (RTI) law five years ago. Since then, the law has become known as one of the best RTI laws in Asia and the basis for Verité Research's groundbreaking new website, BudgetPromises.org, a one-stop shop for citizens, visitors, and businesses to hold Sri Lanka’s government accountable for how it spends money through an easily understandable visual format. The podcast is hosted by CIPE Asia Regional Director John Morrell and Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Jan 14, 2021

The unprecedented disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit compliance with environmental laws and regulations hard. In this episode, Shahrzad Majdameli, an attorney with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes for a discussion about how the global health emergency has had a domino effect on environmental monitoring, dangerous material disposal, permits and licensing, due diligence, and commercial fraud. 

Dec 30, 2020

What's the secret to making anti-corruption efforts effective in the long term? What lessons can be learned from the mistakes made in public funding and emergency supply chains during COVID-19? In this episode, special guest Kenneth Barden shares answers to these and other questions by drawing on his decades-long career tackling fraud, corruption, and governance challenges, including as a Compliance Specialist role with the Green Climate Fund and an advisor for USAID. This episode is hosted by ACGC Program Officer Michele Crymes and Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Dec 15, 2020

Fedesarrollo’s executive director Luis Fernando Mejia discusses his views on Colombia’s “Future of Work” perspectives. Fedesarrollo’s 50th anniversary gives us the chance to look back at where Colombia was in 1970, assess the country’s modern economy, and explore its post-Covid-19 future.

Dec 10, 2020

Financial Times investigative journalist Tom Burgis, author of the recently released book, Kleptopia, and one of the brightest minds in global corruption, is the guest on the latest edition of the Democracy That Delivers podcast from the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center with CIPE hosts Ken Jaques and Frank Brown. Listen now to hear more about how Burgis' "nonfiction thriller" breaks down the technical complexity of foreign corruption and money laundering into the human stories of four individuals at the nexus of foreign kleptocracy, as well as a discussion about the damage corrupt foreign money inflicts on democratic institutions.

Dec 8, 2020

Frank Vogl is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Partnership for Transparency Fund. In this podcast, he discusses how now more than ever, transparency and accountability are needed on infrastructure investments, which longer-term will be essential to rebuilding economies.

Read his recent blog on the CIPE website here: https://www.cipe.org/blog/2020/12/08/challenge-one-confronting-the-worlds-unprecedented-humanitarian-crisis/ 

Nov 27, 2020

Deglobalization, nationalism, and the global COVID-19 pandemic are challenging efforts to fight corruption. Joined this week by anti-corruption veteran, thought leader, and chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, Dragos Kos, CIPE host and anti-corruption director Frank Brown leads a discussion about how new measures—including economic sanctions, diplomacy, and a possible international anti-corruption criminal court—may help countries and activists combat rising global integrity challenges. 

Nov 25, 2020

Gender mainstreaming and safeguarding is a growing area of focus in international development, governance, and the private sector.  In this podcast, CIPE's Ken Jaques is joined by two experts to discuss gender mainstreaming with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and private-sector partner DHL, to discuss how it leads innovation and often finds solutions that can be cross-cutting among societal sectors and business. Candice White, joins us from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation at theWorld Economic Forum, and Sarah Meinert joins us from DHL. 

Read the Alliance gender paper and gender review of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement discussed in the podcast.

Nov 17, 2020

We are joined by Kim Bettcher, Director of CIPE's Policy and Program Learning Department, to discuss some of CIPE's approaches to promote policy changes for entrepreneurs, and the work our partners do to promote entrepreneurship on a global scale.

Nov 12, 2020

We are joined by Katya Lysova, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia, and Michele Crymes, Program Officer for the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center.

CIPE is launching a new guide aimed at fostering business integrity and ethics in emerging markets. The Guidebook "Strengthening Ethical Conduct & Business Integrity: A Guide for Companies in Emerging Markets" highlights a decade of lessons learned and observations of the private sector supporting ethical business practices among companies in emerging markets.
The guide aims to help companies in emerging markets in three main ways:
1) Make company leaders confident that behaving ethically will not put their company at a disadvantage compared to competitors that continue unethical, “business as usual” practices.
2) Equip individuals who champion business integrity within their company with better guidance on how to implement a business integrity program.
3) Offer practical suggestions to interested business leaders who are still at an early or exploratory phase in their approach to business integrity. 

Check out the CIPE website to view the Guidebook.

Nov 3, 2020

In this podcast, we are joined by Wisborn Malaya, Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), and Ryan Musser, Program Officer for Africa at CIPE. They highlight some recent initiatives CIPE partner ZCIEA has worked on to unite the informal sector in Zimbabwe and push for legal and policy reforms that enable informal economy associations to formalize and gain greater autonomy, financial inclusion, and social protections.

Oct 29, 2020

In this Democracy That Delivers podcast sponsored by the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center, we are joined by Transparency International (TI) co-founder Michael Hershman to discuss his decades-long trajectory in the field of anti-corruption.

Michael Hershman is a CIPE Board Member, whose career started with investigations into public corruption in New York City in the 1970s. Since then, aside from helping to shepherd TI through its early years, he worked with governments, corporations, and professional sports organizations on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance, litigation, and security.

Oct 20, 2020

In this podcast, Erinn Benedict, Program Officer for the Center for Women's Economic Empowerment (CWEE) at CIPE, is joined by renowned guest Manizha Wafeq. They discuss CIPE’s support for women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan and women’s roles in the long-awaited Inter-Afghan peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government that commenced on September 12 in Qatar.

Manizha Wafeq, President of CIPE partner AWCCI, discusses what’s at stake for Afghan women during the negotiations and CIPE and AWCCI’s efforts to empower women as entrepreneurs and as advocates for policy reform that enables women’s economic participation.

Oct 16, 2020

We are joined by Mohammed Nasib, CIPE Country Director for Afghanistan, and Babak Yektafar, CIPE Senior Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. They discuss the work that CIPE has done in Afghanistan to help the country's democratic development and assess how that work and future work might be impacted by various scenarios that the negotiations may present.

Oct 14, 2020

In this episode of CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center podcast series, we are joined by Alfredo Rodriguez, the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE) program within the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative. Based in South Korea, he facilitates the coordination between the program and the Asia Pacific network and liaises with governments and key actors, while reporting policy development and implementation processes of relevant regional initiatives focused on tackling the trade in illegally harvested timber and forest products. 

Oct 5, 2020

We are joined by Laura Maclay, Program Associate for Africa at CIPE, and Moses Akidadi Injenga of the Vihiga chapter of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI-Vihiga), a winner of CIPE’s Africa Associations Innovations Contest, which aimed to celebrate and highlight business membership organizations in Africa who creatively and effectively responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

KNCCI-Vihiga is a chamber of commerce whose mission is to advocate for a business environment in which SMEs can thrive in Kenya’s Vihiga County. The national chamber (KNCCI) represents fifty thousand SMEs, with 47 branch chapters - one for each county in Kenya. The Vihiga chapter represents businesses in Vihiga county, which is located in rural western Kenya.

To support its community and member businesses during this difficult time, KNCCI-Vihiga came up with a contribution formula of food donations to support vulnerable and less fortunate community members from tough economic times. Throughout the pandemic, the chapter has advocated for policies to address the health crisis and support economic recovery.  

Oct 2, 2020

Episode 3 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series.

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group and the former Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former United Nations diplomat who was forced from his job after uncovering massive corruption in U.N. operations in Kosovo.

Oct 1, 2020

Episode 2 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series.

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group and the former Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former United Nations diplomat who was forced from his job after uncovering massive corruption in U.N. operations in Kosovo.

Sep 30, 2020

Episode 1 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series. 

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group, and the Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former U.N. diplomat forced from his job after cooperating with an internal investigation of corruption by U.N. officials.

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