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CIPE Blog Competition

DEADLINE DECEMBER 2!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! CIPE invites you to participate in our first Blog Competition.

We are looking for bloggers who have a passion for democratic and economic reforms and their role in development. You don’t need to be a professional writer or affiliated with an organization — anyone who can tell a compelling story is welcome to submit their best post.

Your blog post should be in English and address one of the following three topics:

1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in democratic dialogue on constructive reform?

2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?

3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

The submission deadline is December 2, 2013. Authors of the three best posts will each receive a $250 honorarium and CIPE will publish the winning entries on the CIPE Development Blog.
Rules and submission guidelines can be found here.

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MENA Women Entrepreneurs Interviews

Dear colleagues,

Greetings! Earlier in the summer, Asma Uddin and Sheeba Arif invited you to take part in a unique and exciting project. Now that Ramadan is over, we would like to set up Skype interviews to move forward in our collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Wharton School of Business working on a series of articles and a book on female entrepreneurship in the MENA region. This project offers you—relevant female entrepreneurs—the opportunity to share your experiences through two different outlets: (1) a series of articles that will be published in Wharton’s online journal, Knowledge @ Wharton (KW); and (2) a book that will result from a compilation of stories featured at KW.
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Women Overcoming Barriers to Business: A Few Inspirational Stories

Assilah Z. al Harthy speaking at Democracy that Delivers for Women

There is no question that doing business in a developing country is difficult, but doing business in a developing country as a woman can at times seem impossible. Women face institutional and cultural barriers that limit their ability to start and scale up their businesses. Women are also grossly underrepresented in senior management, holding only 9% of these positions worldwide. Yet despite the hurdles most women face, there are countless examples of women overcoming these obstacles and proving that with the right amount of dedication and innovative thinking it is possible to succeed. A recent article in the New York Times showcases three such examples of inspiring women, highlighting their struggle and ultimate success doing business in the Middle East. Continue reading ‘Women Overcoming Barriers to Business: A Few Inspirational Stories’ »

New Project: Women Entrepreneurs in MENA

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to take part in a unique and exciting project. In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Wharton School of Business, we are working on a series of articles and a book on female entrepreneurship in the MENA region. This project offers you—relevant female entrepreneurs—the opportunity to share your experiences through two different outlets: (1) a series of articles that will be published in Wharton’s online journal, Knowledge @ Wharton (KW); and (2) a book that will result from a compilation of stories featured at KW.

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Networking in Palestine

Palestinian Territories – CIPE partner the Business Women Forum (BWF) hosted a networking event on March 29 in Ramallah under the patronage of the Palestinian Minister of the National Economy, H.E Dr. Hassan Abu Libdeh. The event, which included over 80 attendees and representatives from local and national government, was part of an ongoing effort by BWF to form strategic partnerships with key private sector civil society organizations in Palestine. Minister Abu Libdeh highlighted BWF’s success in advancing the participation of women in Palestine’s policy and decision-making process, despite the Forum’s relatively recent establishment. BWF Chairwoman Amal Masri discussed the importance of strengthening the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy activities, networking, and the provision of business services.

Kim Bettcher
CIPE

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Goal-Setting Workshop in Palestinian Territories

CIPE partner the Business Women Forum (BWF) conducted a workshop for 25 women entrepreneurs on December 29, 2010, entitled “Setting Goals and Priorities in Business.” The workshop was held in partnership with the Nablus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and included technical assistance on effective prioritization, planning, and identification of short and long-term goals. The workshop was followed by an interactive Q&A session with the trainer. NCCI General Manager Nameer Al Khayat commended BWF’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the capacity of local entrepreneurs and highlighted the importance of conducting such workshops in empowering women in economic development.

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What Does Wealth Mean for MENA Women?

“New figures suggest that 22 percent of the Middle East’s assets under management (AUM)—or $700 billion—were held by women in 2010. And that figure is growing. In a region whose news coverage more often highlights the plight of women than their triumphs and progress, this statistic is heartening. The details are even more encouraging.”

Continue reading this article on CIPE Development Blog.

Dorothy Smith
CIPE

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Business Women Forum – Palestine

The Business Women Forum (BWF) was highlighted in the monthly Palestine Business Focus magazine. Established in 2006, BWF seeks to strengthen the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy, networking, and the provision of business services. As a membership organization, BWF represents registered, women-owned and operated businesses, as well as women professionals. In addition to serving members, BWF offers programs and services to aspiring women entrepreneurs seeking to establish or grow their businesses. Ultimately, BWF seeks to represent independent business women throughout the West Bank and Gaza. In 2010, BWF released two policy papers regarding businesswomen: one about representation on joint private-public councils and another about donor procurement practices.

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The Voice of Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs

In this video, the Executive Director of the Palestinian Business Women Forum (BWF), Doa Wadi, highlights the journey BWF has taken, as well as challenges and lessons learned along the way as BWF positions itself as the voice of women entrepreneurs throughout the West Bank. Using the results of a survey of Palestinian businesswomen administered last Fall, with CIPE’s support the (BWF) is conducting regular public-private dialogues and advocating for issues that matter most for women entrepreneurs in the West Bank.

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New Radio Programs from Media Women Forum, Yemen

We at Media Women Forum are excited that three radio programs about women’s issues are going to be broadcast in Yemen. For the first time in the history of Yemeni media, an independent NGO is able to address people through all Yemeni radios.

Media Women Forum (MWF) signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Yemen General Corporation for TV and Radio on 12th April 2010. In accordance with the memo, Modern Yemen (MY), MWF Radio Production Unit will broadcast its programs through all radio stations. The memo was signed by Mrs. Rahma Hugaira, president of MWF, and Mr. Abdullah alZalab, the head of TRC, and Mr Ali Ala’atab, general manager of coordinating and exchange programs at Sana’a Radio Station.

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