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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

  • Pakistan – With support from CIPE, the economic policy think tank PRIME has partnered with the Youth Economic Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch a survey called “Youth Voices on Political Economy.” This survey of 1,200 young people, including entrepreneurs, seeks to evaluate their understanding of the economic and political issues facing Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan – The Federation of Afghanistan Craftsmen and Traders (FACT) held a conference on access to credit for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Among the nearly 100 participants were representatives of the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance, commercial banks, and leading figures in the business community. FACT outlined a set of policy recommendations to encourage the growth of business, including lowering interest rates on loans and easing collateral conditions. The Ministry of Economy plans to host a follow-up meeting to discuss how to move forward on these recommendations, and the bank officials have pledged to raise these issues at board-level discussions.
  • Peru – Approximately 120 university students from throughout Peru gathered at the University of Lima for the third session of the CIPE-supported EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Invertir. The top 10 business plan groups presented their plans to a jury at the beginning of the educational session. The jury, composed of Invertir staff, University of Lima professors, entrepreneurs, and sponsors, chose the three best business plans. These three groups will receive awards and additional training from Invertir after the program in an effort to help them grow their businesses and enrich their entrepreneurial knowledge.
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Nepal – Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank and the organization Social Science Baha, conducted a policy roundtable on the issue of “Youth Migration and Entrepreneurship in Nepal.” Director of Social Science Baha Deepak Thapa presented the findings of a recent study on the topic, and Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation Executive Director Robin Sitoula moderated the program. The event was attended by 35 people including bankers, entrepreneurs in the IT and agribusiness sectors, representatives of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and government officials. The participants formulated policy recommendations to reduce the outward migration of young people from Nepal through fostering entrepreneurship. In addition, Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation and Sagarmatha FM aired an episode of the radio program on entrepreneurship, examining the issue of access to credit for small-scale and new entrepreneurs.

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted the final round of the business proposal writing competition under the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. During the school year, CIPE conducts competitions at each high school participating in the program and selects winners to go on to the final round. The ten finalists, representing Bamyan, Kabul, and Nangarhar provinces, competed in Kabul before a three-person panel from the Mesbah Educational Institute. The audience included teachers and the principals of the students’ schools, and the head of the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development Department.

Azerbaijan – The Entrepreneurship Development Foundation, along with partnering organizations the Baku Education Information Center and the Baku Political Studies Program, finalized the selection of 25 university-age Azeri youth to participate in a series of seminars aimed to educate them on economic reforms and provide them with communications skills. The seminars series began on December 22.

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Bahrain – Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State MEPI, CIPE started a new program to foster cooperation among Bahrain’s diverse private sector and youth populations. The program will focus on two initiatives designed to foster a cooperative environment among the diverse populations that make up Bahrain’s private sector and youth. With the support of MEPI, CIPE will help develop a representative business vision for the country to foster reform and implement a civic education and entrepreneurship training course to engage a diverse group of Bahrain youth in economic participation.

Washington, DC – In conjunction with the International Day of Democracy on September 15, the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN), comprising of CIPE partners from around the world, formally announced its objectives and principles. Created to remedy a lack of private sector representation in global debates on democratic reform, FEDN seeks to engage champions of the private sector and civil society in dialogue and advocacy. In addition to ensuring a voice for the private sector in global fora, FEDN will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and mutual support among members.

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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.”

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Russia – A recent graduate of CIPE’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program in the Republic of Ingushetia received a grant of $5,600 this month to open an agricultural enterprise using the skills she had gained under the training program. CIPE is implementing the program, funded by United States Agency for International Development, in cooperation with the Ingushetia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It provides local youth with skills in launching and operating a business. Earlier this month a second graduate in Ingushetia received a commitment for a $7,800 loan from the regional government to open a café.

Ukraine – On August 8, the Coalition of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Sumy Region, a CIPE partner, launched a training program for local young people to build their skills in operating a business in their communities. Through a National Endowment for Democracy grant, CIPE provides support to the Coalition to involve its SME members in the strategic development of the city of Sumy. Leaders of the Coalition include the Sumy Association of Employers, the Youth and Entrepreneurship Organization, and the Union of Entrepreneurs, Tenants, and Owners of Sumy.

Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir has already received 1,144 applications for this year’s EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program and the final day to apply is not until September 7, 2012. In order to increase the number of applications, Invertir is also promoting the program on other websites that support youth, such as Universia. Additionally, Invertir was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on national television channel Promoviendo TV. The interview is available here

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Russia – Local governments in Russia’s North Caucasus region awarded in December certificates to 10 graduates of a CIPE-administered youth entrepreneurship program to assist in business startups. The winners, seven from the Stavropol region and three from the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, are being granted space in business incubators for up to a year to develop their start-up projects. The business incubator is maintained by Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development. The business start-ups had been developed as part of a youth entrepreneurship training program funded by USAID. The new businesses range from a children’s clothing store to an advertising agency and a day care center.

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a national business proposal competition among students from the schools participating in CIPE’s Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. Continue reading ‘CIPE Entrepreneurship Update’ »

Tashabos – Global Entrepreneurship Week in Afghanistan

CIPE Afghanistan celebrated the Global Entrepreneurship Week at Bibi Saran girls’ high school. This event was jointly organized by the students of 14 girls and boys Tashabos Schools.

The purpose of this event was to promote the entrepreneurs and to serve the society. Hundreds of students from the 14 students participated in this event. This is the second time that Afghanistan celebrates this week. All the participating 14 schools displayed their products and handicrafts that is a big support to students to find market and to learn practically.

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Celebrate Entrepreneurship This Week and All Year Long

Global Entrepreneurship Week helps spread the spark of entrepreneurship to people and places where the option might not have been considered before. It is also a good time to reflect on CIPE’s efforts throughout the year to promote entrepreneurship around the world.

Sometimes the spark catches the imagination where one least expects it. In Afghanistan, 6,000 high school students have graduated from the full three-year Tashabos course on entrepreneurship. Of them, 1,362 have set up their own small business, 204 have revived a family business, and 350 have helped expand an existing family business. In total, the students have created 7,336 jobs!

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Updates from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Paraguay…

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a survey of students who have completed all three years of CIPE’s Tashabos high school entrepreneurship course. Of the 6,000 graduates, 1,362 have set up their own small business, 204 have revived a family business, and 350 have helped expand an existing family business. In total, the students have created 7,336 jobs.

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Paraguay – The Paraguayan Foundation for Cooperation and Development (FP) awarded the winners of its contest called, “El Supervisor Emprendedor” (The Supervisor-Entrepreneur), a contest that sought to encourage and reward the spirit of entrepreneurship in education, especially in rural areas. The winning team created a website that has already begun to serve to improve communication among educators and supervisors in more than 100 urban and rural schools, creating a resource that is being used to aid the schools’ communities, and the population at large. This event was featured in national and local media, including print and online newspapers such as ABC, La Nación, and Paraguay al Instante, as well as on local radio stations.

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