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Highlights of CIPE’s 25th Year

Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy

(From left to right) CIPE Executive Director John D. Sullivan, CIPE Chairman Greg Lebedev, Honoree Hernando de Soto, Sen. Richard Lugar and Rep. Connie Mack, IV at the presentation of
the Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy.

The Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy

As part of CIPE’s 25th anniversary celebration, Hernando de Soto received the inaugural Hernando De Soto Award for Democracy, presented in recognition of de Soto’s achievements in furthering economic freedom throughout the world. The award also recognizes de Soto and the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) as the very first and still one of the most outstanding CIPE partners. CIPE Chairman Greg Lebedev, Senator Richard Lugar, and Congressman Connie Mack spoke at the October awards ceremony on Capitol Hill. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright provided a letter of commendation in support of the honoree.

Over the past quarter century, ILD has emerged as a powerful catalyst for change. ILD proves that when citizens have the tools to access the market and a business environment that supports them, they are able to move up the development ladder from survival entrepreneurship in the informal sector to the prosperity of the formal market economy.

CIPE’s accomplishments are best measured by its successful advocacy and advice to the many organizations that have contributed to the sweeping global democratic changes.
Senator Richard Lugar, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Democracy that Delivers

Improving the quality of democratic governance and economic growth in developing countries throughout the world is of the utmost importance. Yet what do we know about the interdependence of these? To provide a forum to discuss this question, CIPE hosted “Democracy that Delivers: Improving the Quality of Democratic Governance and Economic Growth,” an international conference featuring development practitioners and academics from around the world.

The conference brought together experts and reformers from a wide range of backgrounds including Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, renowned corporate governance expert, Ira Millstein, and leading democracy analyst, Larry Diamond. Video of all the speakers can be found on Democracy that Delivers continues to help frame the development debate, focusing on what has driven CIPE’s decades of success: building on the strong linkages between resilient democracies and resilient markets.

Conditions that allow for creativity and entrepreneurship, which make markets work, are also conditions for a vibrant civil society that makes democratic institutions work.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director, Policy Planning, US Department of State

25-Year Evaluation Review

In line with CIPE’s commitment to evaluating its programs and learning as an organization, CIPE undertook an internal evaluation of all programs completed in the last decade. This review – the most significant since the 15-Year Evaluation – calibrates program effectiveness and amplifies our understanding of what has been achieved over the past quarter century. Preliminary findings released in October outline several key lessons for program performance.

Building on the lessons from its 15-Year Evaluation, CIPE emphasizes the principles of policy advocacy and local project ownership, and invests in improving the capacity and information resources of voluntary private sector organizations. The 25-Year Evaluation also points to new ways to enhance program effectiveness by expanding relationships among stakeholder groups, offering more programming to marginalized groups, and consolidating short-term successes for long-term gains. CIPE’s commitment as a learning organization will continue to improve on its legacy of democratic and market reforms.

Lessons from the Fall of Wall

To mark two decades of democratic and economic reform in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, CIPE sponsored a major conference in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 16-17, “Twenty Years After the Fall of the Wall: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges.” CIPE gathered over 70 representatives from business associations and think tanks in 19 countries to examine various reform strategies implemented over the last 20 years, and to explore the issues facing reformers over the next decade. CIPE’s partners throughout the region have been at the forefront in the battle for effective and transparent governance, and several groups presented advocacy-based strategies that have closed loopholes and improved accountability in government’s relationship with business. Participants identified several new approaches for judicial reform, strengthening corporate governance in the state-owned sector, and creating a stronger ethical and internal control environment within firms.

CIPE Development Institute

Building sound democracies and market economies is a multi-generational effort, and CIPE is helping the next generation of reformers take part in today’s development debates with the launch of Development Institute. This online platform features distinguished global scholars such as Nobel Laureate Douglass North, former Malaysian Minister of Finance Anwar Ibrahim, and President of the Peru-based Institute for Liberty and Democracy Hernando de Soto. With materials available to undergraduate students, professors, and professionals worldwide, Development Institute advances young people’s understanding of the role of democratic governance and the market economy. Development Institute allows participants to watch engaging multimedia presentations, learn international perspectives, access lesson plans and study materials, and share thoughts through the online forum. Over 1,000 users from more than 120 countries have already registered with the Development Institute, including universities seeking to integrate the materials into regular coursework.