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CIPE Blog Competition


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.


What shapes women’s economic opportunities?

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently launched the 2012 Women’s Economic Opportunity Index (WEO).

The WEO is a new index that measures the policy and other inputs behind women’s economic participation, both as employees and business owners, in 128 countries. It uses information from other indexes, such as the World Bank’s “Women, Business, and the Law,” but it differs from other work in terms of its breadth.

The WEO measures more than just laws and regulations – it attempts to quantify and analyze difficult-to-quantify, yet important things like access to childcare. (Indeed, that is one of their indicators in the category of “Labor Practice.”)

This new index is useful because it can be an advocacy tool for groups looking to pressure policymakers on certain policy points. Because the WEO looks at input variables, rather than output variables, it helps provide background information for better suggestions about where and how countries should improve. Most other indexes are limited to demonstrating the extent of gender inequality. The WEO goes beyond that to try to explain why inequality exists.

The WEO report online weighs the variables in each category equally. However, a desktop tool is scheduled to come out that will allow users to weigh their own variables depending on what is most important to women’s economic opportunities in particular country contexts. That desktop tool will also provide a platform for comparing multiple countries side by side.

To learn more, I recommend you check out the Index. It is available online at

Like other indexes, the WEO is a tool, not an end in itself.  Its usefulness depends on how it is used. Will you use it in your country?

Lauren Citrome

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The Coca-Cola Company Hopes to Empower 5 Million Women by 2020

In a blog featured on the website, Dr. Susan Mboya, Group Director for Eurasia Africa Women’s Economic Empowerment at the Coca-Cola Company, describes a recent event on the economic empowerment of women, as well as her company’s work in supporting women through their value chains. The Coca-Cola Company’s own micro distribution center (MDC) model allows women to establish small, independently-owned, and low-cost distribution businesses within their value chain to serve urban and peri-urban retail markets. Programs like the new 5BY20 initiative seek to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs throughout Coca-Cola’s global system by the year 2020.

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Women of Pakistan Climbing up the Entrepreneurship Ladder

Each year Uks, a research, resource and publication center on women and media, publishes its Annual Desk Diary. This signature product is a handy organizational tool that also provides a well-rounded view of a particular theme chosen for that year. Past editions have covered a variety of topics including women’s empowerment through education, the struggle for legal rights, and striving for power and visibility in the media. Inspired by its work with CIPE and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries to create a series of radio programs about women entrepreneurs, Uks chose entrepreneurship as the main theme of this year’s Desk Diary.

Women of Pakistan: Climbing up the Entrepreneurship Ladder features a collection of success stories, news articles and essays about women entrepreneurs in Pakistan maneuvering through a complex and challenging business environment. The success stories below are just a taste of what can be found in the complete 2011 Desk Diary available for purchase by contacting the Uks office directly.
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E-Commerce Empowerment Solution for Women around the Globe

Last week Walmart launched the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative to help empower women across its supply chain, focusing on five primary goals: to increase sourcing from women-owned businesses; to empower women on farms and in factories through training, market access and career opportunities; to empower women through job training and education; to increase gender diversity among suppliers; and to make significant philanthropic giving toward women’s economic empowerment.

In support of these goals Walmart recently announced plans to create a dedicated webpage on that will feature an assortment of products created by women in nearly two dozen countries, including women who work in cooperatives and own small businesses. Expected to be available in spring 2012, the site will include products such as jewelry from Guatemala, Thailand and Ethiopia; coffee from Central and South America; and dresses from Kenya. By 2016, the dedicated e-commerce site will feature approximately 500 items by more than 20,000 women in nearly two dozen countries. The goal is to provide an e-commerce marketplace for women-owned businesses that otherwise would not have access to the type of broad customer base offers. Continue reading ‘E-Commerce Empowerment Solution for Women around the Globe’ »

Walmart Launches Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

This morning, Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke launched a major initiative that will use the company’s global size and scale to help empower women across its supply chain. Working over the past year with leaders from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic groups and academia, Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative has established five goals.

By the end of 2016, Walmart aims to:

  1. Increase sourcing from women-owned businesses. Over the next five years, the company will source $20 billion from women-owned businesses in the U.S. and double sourcing from women suppliers internationally.
  2. Empower women on farms and in factories through training, market access and career opportunities. New programs will help 60,000 women working in factories that supply products to Walmart and other retailers develop the skills they need to become more active decision-makers in their jobs and for their families. The initiative will also help women farm workers participate more fully in the agriculture supply chain.
  3. Empower women through job training and education. Successful retail training programs will be scaled to help 200,000 women internationally. In the U.S., Walmart will help 200,000 women from low-income households gain job skills and access higher education.
  4. Increase gender diversity among major suppliers. The company will work with major professional service firms and merchandise suppliers with over $1 billion in sales to increase women and minority representation on Walmart accounts.
  5. Make significant philanthropic giving toward women’s economic empowerment. The company will support these programs with more than $100 million in grants that drive progress against key goals. Funding will come from the Walmart Foundation and donations directly from Walmart’s international businesses.

You can find more information on the initiative in the official press release found here, as well as a short video to help explain the initiative in a bit more detail.

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KnowHow Is Making Matches

Since launching in March, CIPE’s KnowHow program has successfully matched experienced business professionals with over half-a-dozen business associations from developing countries seeking technical assistance.

The Association of Businesswomen and Top Managers (AFAFCI) in Romania – which aims to become one of the main representatives of the local business community for women – is currently working with an experienced association executive to identify the needs and values of the organization’s 39 members. Likewise, the Amhara Women Entrepreneurs Association in Ethiopia is receiving support from a certified association executive to improve its organizational structure and design an effective training program for the association’s board members.

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Entrepreneurship for Young, At-risk Women

EMpower has a handbook called “It’s Her Business” for organizations that wish to offer entrepreneurship programs to young women in vulnerable situations. Entrepreneurship can give young women safer options for generating income as well as useful life skills. The handbook covers topics such as training, selecting a business, financial literacy, and mentoring.

Kim Bettcher

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The Association of Business Women in Serbia Aims to Improve Member Services with KnowHow

Since its establishment in 1998, the Association of Business Women in Serbia (ABW–Serbia) has provided business women with tools and support to expand their businesses, fulfill personal and economic goals, and contribute to the economic development of their local communities. The ABW-Serbia mission, “to strive for the continuous improvement of conditions for private businesses in the local communities in Serbia, by creating equal opportunities for those companies which are run by women and through promoting local, regional and international links among businesswomen and other relevant organizations”, is achieved through their various activities. Some of these activities include increasing the number of women start-ups, raising awareness and the visibility of women business owners, providing a forum for women entrepreneurs to network and exchange ideas, as well as promoting social responsibility and high standards of ethics in business.

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Women in Business and Management of Nigeria Seek KnowHow

KnowHow, CIPE’s new online resource, matches the professional skills of corporate or individual volunteers with business associations seeking technical assistance. The online resource targets associations, rather than single entrepreneurs or business professionals, because helping an association multiplies the effect of a single intervention across an entire membership. While KnowHow is open to all associations, the first group of participants are women’s associations, like the Women in Business and Management (WIMBIZ) in Nigeria. Continue reading ‘Women in Business and Management of Nigeria Seek KnowHow’ »