Nepal – Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation has initiated a monthly lecture series entitled “The Freedom School,” inviting various policy experts to speak with both graduates of the Arthalaya youth entrepreneurship program and Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation staffers. The series will help build the organization’s network of advisors and experts, which in turn will support advocacy efforts around the Nepal Economic Growth Agenda. The first lecture was held on August 31, with a presentation by Director General of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Dr. Hemant Dabadi on changing trends in Nepal’s international trade.
Ukraine – On August 15, CIPE partner the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation completed an outreach process that included a series of focus group meetings with local business leaders. The outreach was part of an effort to identify priority issues for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community in the run-up to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set for late October. Based on input from 80 members of the local business community, the head of the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation Valentina Stoikova issued a public statement listing priorities that include the reduction of taxes, an increase in economic development funds from the government, and the reinstatement of a vocational training program operated by the government. The effort in Izmail is part of a National Endowment for Democracy (NED) -funded program in 10 Ukrainian regions to highlight the needs of the SME community over the course of the parliamentary election campaign.
Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir organized a meeting with several Lima-based EmprendeAhora alumni to discuss the agenda for the upcoming alumni conference on September 29-30. Two hundred program alumni have confirmed their attendance for this first ever EmprendeAhora alumni conference. Regarding the next version of the educational program, Invertir has already received more than 2,300 applications in the run up to the September 7 deadline. Additionally, Invertir’s program coordinator was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on the national television program, “Punto de Vista.”
Afghanistan –This week CIPE assisted three high schools in conducting business proposal writing competitions for students in the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. More than 60 students participated in the competition. The top three students will participate in a final competition at the end of the year among all the schools in the program.