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Support CIPE on #GivingTuesday!


How will you spend next Tuesday?

CIPE is partnering with #GivingTuesday  to celebrate a day of philanthropy on December 3rd.

After enjoying delicious food on Thanksgiving, and indulging in some shopping sprees on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not join a global movement to give back to the community?

On Tuesday December 3rd, become part of this exciting movement by supporting CIPE’s efforts to develop young leaders from around the world. Through our ChamberL.I.N.K.S.  program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, CIPE empowers youth to become active leaders in civil society and work toward meaningful change in their communities.

Check out videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:

Your donation (whether that’s $20 or $100) will help make a difference! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!

CIPE Blog Competition


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.


GEW Policy Survey

Entrepreneurs, share your policy views by September 15.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is committed to a world where more people are unleashing their ideas and turning them into promising new startups—solving global challenges and strengthening economic stability everywhere. As part of the preparations for the upcoming GEW 2013 in November, we are conducting a survey to assess the experience of entrepreneurs so that the outcomes may help inform future policy decisions affecting new and young firms.”

Access the survey

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How Chambers Should Help in SME Development

Hammad Siddiqui, Deputy Country Director at CIPE’s Pakistan office, writes:

“[The] majority of membership at chambers and associations comes from the SME sector. But the ability of these business associations in understanding the needs of this sector and the capacity to help SMEs grow varies from organization to organization and country to country.”

Read this list of five action points for business associations to consider while creating a plan for SME development.

Originally posted on Business Organization Support Forum 

Comment here or share a message with the Community of Young Entrepreneurs:

A Voice for Young Entrepreneurs in Jordan

The Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) is one of the effective policy advocacy organizations featured in Strategies for Policy Reform, Volume 2: Engaging Entrepreneurs in Democratic Governance. Through its Sawtouna initiative (Sawtouna means ”our voice”), YEA and CIPE brought the voice of the private sector to the policy arena to ensure that reforms addressed the concerns of business. YEA successfully championed an amendment to Jordan’s Companies Law. The resulting reduction in the minimal capital requirement led to over 1,800 newly registered small and medium enterprises.

Read the YEA case study in Strategies for Policy Reform, Volume 2: available in the CIPE Bookstore.

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Expanding Opportunity for Young Entrepreneurs in Jordan

In celebration of International Youth Day this week, here is an impressive example from Jordan of what young entrepreneurs can achieve through advocacy. CIPE’s partner the Young Entrepreneurs Association is leading a drive to lower barriers to entry for would-be entrepreneurs in an effort to expand economic opportunity to a broader cross-section of Jordan’s citizens — particularly its youth, who are increasingly realizing that they will not be able to rely on the state for a job as in generations past.

Watch the video.

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