Mission: The center for international private enterprise (cipe) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. Cipe is one of the four core institutes of the national endowment for democracy and was founded by the u. S. Chamber of commerce. Since 1983, cipe has worked with business leaders, policy makers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. Cipe's key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.
Programs: Business association development: cipe supports grassroots participation for private sector organizations by providing support and technical assistance. Accomplishments include: with training from cipe, the oromia private agriculture investors association successfully advocated for the removal of a two year food export ban in ethiopia that was adversely affecting employment, production and agriculture sales in the entire country. Thanks to the work of cipe, the bangladesh women's chamber of commerce and industry, access to credit for women entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (smes) in bangladesh has been radically expanded.
access to information: cipe works with local partners to achieve greater transparency in government and unrestricted voice for reformers. Accomplishments include: cipe partner the paraguayan foundation for cooperation and development has been building an entrepreneurial culture by introducing entrepreneurship education in public schools in paraguay. Over 1,600 young people have already benefited from this program.
democratic governance: cipe works to create and strengthen institutions of accountability and increase public participation in reform. In colombia, cipe partner fedesarrollo's policy paper on tax reform, labor markets and infrastructure policy provided the foundation for discussion in advance of three televised presidential debates. Cipe conducted more than 10 training sessions for members and senior legislative aides of the afghan national assembly and an additional 24 training programs on market economics combating corruption, budgeting and finance management, taxation, trade and globalization and the informal economy.