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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.


What Makes an Entrepreneur Tick in Belarus?

Belarusian entrepreneurs discuss the topic “Are you ready to start a business?” on the talk show “Vybor” (Choice). Eighty percent said “no.”

Originally posted on the CIPE Development Blog by Elena Suhir.

What drives someone to become an entrepreneur?  Are there any specific demographic, financial, personal, or educational characteristics that are common to entrepreneurs?  What makes for a successful entrepreneur, particularly in transitional economic environments?  What are the driving factors behind the perseverance of private entrepreneurship in a business climate that is not well-developed to welcome entrepreneurs?

The Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC) surveyed 200 small business owners to identify the key characteristics of entrepreneurs in Belarus.  In a detailed report entitled Portrait of a Belarusian Entrepreneur, BEROC presents its findings, which may be somewhat unexpected to some. Continue reading ‘What Makes an Entrepreneur Tick in Belarus?’ »

CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Lebanon – CIPE Africa and Middle East Regional Director Abdulwahab Alkebsi and CIPE partner the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA) met with Minister of Education and Higher Education Hassan Diab to introduce DPNA’s “Fostering Free Enterprise in Youth” entrepreneurship and civic education project. The Minister was enthusiastic about the project and ordered the formation of a committee including DPNA and governmental and civil society representatives to explore options for implementing the project nationwide. Alkebsi and DPNA also conducted a meeting with Layla Fayyad, president of the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), the entity responsible for the curriculum in Lebanese schools, to discuss implementation of the curriculum.

Ukraine – The director of a CIPE partner at the Kyiv-based International Institute of Business (IIB), Aleksandr Okunev, played a key role in drafting proposed changes to Ukraine’s law governing limited liability companies. The changes, adopted February 27 by the Ukrainian government’s Cabinet of Ministers, are now being forwarded to parliament for consideration. The amendments would eliminate inconsistencies in existing legislation on limited liability companies. In partnership with CIPE, IIB is implementing a NED-funded project to develop a voluntary code of corporate governance for family-owned businesses.

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International Social Entrepreneurship Conference in Istanbul

The International Social Entrepreneurship Conference is being held February 29 to March 1. Organised by the British Council, TACSO and TÜSEV (Third Sector Foundation of Turkey), the conference has gathered 150 experienced social entrepreneurs and supporters of social entrepreneurship from the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine and Georgia and United Kingdom. The conference aims to strengthen connections between social entrepreneurs across the region and the EU, strengthen relationships between social entrepreneurs and supporters of social entrepreneurship, facilitate exchange of knowledge, and raise awareness of the role social entrepreneurship can play in the region.

Prof. Üstün Ergüder, Chairman of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, stated, “We hope that the discussions will inspire both civil society organisations and individual entrepreneurs to start or develop their social enterprises and to become more innovative while approaching social problems.”

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Entrepreneurial Development in Russia

“Where once the Soviet government rooted out and destroyed private businesses, now Russia and other Soviet successor states commit significant resources and rhetoric to nurturing and protecting those businesses. Substantial impediments to doing business still exist in the former Soviet Union, but problems are usually associated with government inaction rather than action.”

Read the full article on CIPE Development Blog.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week in Vladikavkaz

In Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the Vladikavkaz Institute of Management hosted on November 17 a roundtable discussion for about 30 people. Panelists included Vladikavkaz Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CIPE partner Kazbek Tuganov, along with representatives of the regional Ministry of Economic Development and the regional parliament. The event was attended by past graduates of the CIPE’s youth entrepreneurship program, which trains local students in the skills necessary to launch a business in a democratic society. Discussion centered on what useful incentives, including grants and low-interest loans, that the Ministry of Economic Development could offer to business startups.

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As a First Time Participant in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kyrgyzstan Experiences Many Successes

For the first time in history, Global Entrepreneurship Week activities were celebrated throughout Kyrgyzstan. The Bishkek Business Club and the Central Asian Free Market Institute, along with several other partner organizations throughout the Kyrgyz Republic, organized a series of activities, lectures, and training sessions to promote and inspire entrepreneurship in youth. Despite being in its infancy, Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kyrgyzstan was a huge success garnering support from a variety of entities.

An unofficial opening event kicking off the week’s activities was attended by more than 50 individuals and featured high profile speakers including the Minister of Economic Regulation, Emil Umetaliev and local entrepreneur Azis Abakirov. Representatives from both BBC and CAFMI spoke about the various events of the week and announced a slogan contest. The individuals with the best slogans were awarded books on economics and entrepreneurship. Some of the winning slogans include: Continue reading ‘As a First Time Participant in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kyrgyzstan Experiences Many Successes’ »

Global Entrepreneurship Week in North Ossetia

Top regional politicians, business association leaders and young entrepreneurs marked Global Entrepreneurship Week in the North Ossetia region of Russia with two events in Vladikavkaz, the regional capital. Both events had strong support from the Vladikavkaz Institute of Management (VIM), a CIPE partner that operates a CIPE-funded youth entrepreneurship program.

On Nov. 16, graduates of VIM attended the Business-Start trade show. The graduates toured the exhibits mounted by local SMEs in the company of VIM’s rector, Zita Salbieva, and the president of the regional chamber of commerce, Kazbek Tuganov. That same day, the head of the North Ossetian government, Taimuraz Mamsurov, also visited the Business-Start trade show and took part in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Two days later, VIM hosted a conference on “Issues and the Future of Youth Entrepreneurship in North Ossetia” that was aimed at defining how to best develop a support system for young entrepreneurs. In addition to presentations from Tuganov and Salbieva, Aleta Tsorieva, the deputy chairperson of the regional committee on small business, spoke on the need for better legal support for SMEs on the regional and local level. The conference was attended by graduates of VIM as well as students from North Ossetia State University and the Alpine Agrarian University.

Frank Brown, CIPE

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Biases of the Beginner Manager

After accumulating extensive management experience and conducting intensive management trainings over the past fifteen years, Sergey Filin and Tatiana Filina of the Kazakhstan Institute of Directors observe that beginning managers continue to encounter the same difficulties and continue to make the same mistakes. While their observations and recommendations focus on individuals entering into management roles, the authors maintain that their findings are relevant for managers at all levels.

For the sake of clarity, the authors divided their observations into three sections: misperceptions, mistakes, and problems. Misperceptions include the following: “I need to keep things as they were with my former colleagues, who are now my subordinates,” “I have to help my subordinates because they cannot get by without me,” “My subordinates will teach themselves how to do their jobs,” and “I am not managing people, but rather business processes.” Additionally, the authors observe the following mistakes: “Now that I have become a manager, I risk losing my field of expertise,” “I must be more competent than my subordinate in everything,” and “I can now perform only that work, which I find to be particularly interesting.” Finally, the authors indicate that beginning managers face problems such as “how do I manage people older than me” and “I continue to fulfill previous professional obligations, despite the promotion to management.”

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