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Democracy That Delivers

The Democracy That Delivers podcast is about democratic and economic development and the intersection between the two. Through their personal stories, guests share how their work is helping build stronger democratic institutions in countries all over the world and how they are tackling some of the major governance challenges that many countries face today. The weekly discussion covers a wide range of topics including entrepreneurship, governance, rule of law, and the role of the private sector in democratic processes.
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Jan 14, 2021

The unprecedented disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit compliance with environmental laws and regulations hard. In this episode, Shahrzad Majdameli, an attorney with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), joins Communications Director Ken Jaques and Anti-Corruption Program Officer Michele Crymes for a discussion about how the global health emergency has had a domino effect on environmental monitoring, dangerous material disposal, permits and licensing, due diligence, and commercial fraud. 

Dec 30, 2020

What's the secret to making anti-corruption efforts effective in the long term? What lessons can be learned from the mistakes made in public funding and emergency supply chains during COVID-19? In this episode, special guest Kenneth Barden shares answers to these and other questions by drawing on his decades-long career tackling fraud, corruption, and governance challenges, including as a Compliance Specialist role with the Green Climate Fund and an advisor for USAID. This episode is hosted by ACGC Program Officer Michele Crymes and Communications Director Ken Jaques.

Dec 15, 2020

Fedesarrollo’s executive director Luis Fernando Mejia discusses his views on Colombia’s “Future of Work” perspectives. Fedesarrollo’s 50th anniversary gives us the chance to look back at where Colombia was in 1970, assess the country’s modern economy, and explore its post-Covid-19 future.

Dec 10, 2020

Financial Times investigative journalist Tom Burgis, author of the recently released book, Kleptopia, and one of the brightest minds in global corruption, is the guest on the latest edition of the Democracy That Delivers podcast from the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center with CIPE hosts Ken Jaques and Frank Brown. Listen now to hear more about how Burgis' "nonfiction thriller" breaks down the technical complexity of foreign corruption and money laundering into the human stories of four individuals at the nexus of foreign kleptocracy, as well as a discussion about the damage corrupt foreign money inflicts on democratic institutions.

Dec 8, 2020

Frank Vogl is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Partnership for Transparency Fund. In this podcast, he discusses how now more than ever, transparency and accountability are needed on infrastructure investments, which longer-term will be essential to rebuilding economies.

Read his recent blog on the CIPE website here: https://www.cipe.org/blog/2020/12/08/challenge-one-confronting-the-worlds-unprecedented-humanitarian-crisis/ 

Nov 27, 2020

Deglobalization, nationalism, and the global COVID-19 pandemic are challenging efforts to fight corruption. Joined this week by anti-corruption veteran, thought leader, and chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, Dragos Kos, CIPE host and anti-corruption director Frank Brown leads a discussion about how new measures—including economic sanctions, diplomacy, and a possible international anti-corruption criminal court—may help countries and activists combat rising global integrity challenges. 

Nov 25, 2020

Gender mainstreaming and safeguarding is a growing area of focus in international development, governance, and the private sector.  In this podcast, CIPE's Ken Jaques is joined by two experts to discuss gender mainstreaming with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and private-sector partner DHL, to discuss how it leads innovation and often finds solutions that can be cross-cutting among societal sectors and business. Candice White, joins us from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation at theWorld Economic Forum, and Sarah Meinert joins us from DHL. 

Read the Alliance gender paper and gender review of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement discussed in the podcast.

Nov 17, 2020

We are joined by Kim Bettcher, Director of CIPE's Policy and Program Learning Department, to discuss some of CIPE's approaches to promote policy changes for entrepreneurs, and the work our partners do to promote entrepreneurship on a global scale.

Nov 12, 2020

We are joined by Katya Lysova, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia, and Michele Crymes, Program Officer for the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center.

CIPE is launching a new guide aimed at fostering business integrity and ethics in emerging markets. The Guidebook "Strengthening Ethical Conduct & Business Integrity: A Guide for Companies in Emerging Markets" highlights a decade of lessons learned and observations of the private sector supporting ethical business practices among companies in emerging markets.
The guide aims to help companies in emerging markets in three main ways:
1) Make company leaders confident that behaving ethically will not put their company at a disadvantage compared to competitors that continue unethical, “business as usual” practices.
2) Equip individuals who champion business integrity within their company with better guidance on how to implement a business integrity program.
3) Offer practical suggestions to interested business leaders who are still at an early or exploratory phase in their approach to business integrity. 

Check out the CIPE website to view the Guidebook.

Nov 3, 2020

In this podcast, we are joined by Wisborn Malaya, Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA), and Ryan Musser, Program Officer for Africa at CIPE. They highlight some recent initiatives CIPE partner ZCIEA has worked on to unite the informal sector in Zimbabwe and push for legal and policy reforms that enable informal economy associations to formalize and gain greater autonomy, financial inclusion, and social protections.

Oct 29, 2020

In this Democracy That Delivers podcast sponsored by the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center, we are joined by Transparency International (TI) co-founder Michael Hershman to discuss his decades-long trajectory in the field of anti-corruption.

Michael Hershman is a CIPE Board Member, whose career started with investigations into public corruption in New York City in the 1970s. Since then, aside from helping to shepherd TI through its early years, he worked with governments, corporations, and professional sports organizations on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance, litigation, and security.

Oct 20, 2020

In this podcast, Erinn Benedict, Program Officer for the Center for Women's Economic Empowerment (CWEE) at CIPE, is joined by renowned guest Manizha Wafeq. They discuss CIPE’s support for women’s economic empowerment in Afghanistan and women’s roles in the long-awaited Inter-Afghan peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government that commenced on September 12 in Qatar.

Manizha Wafeq, President of CIPE partner AWCCI, discusses what’s at stake for Afghan women during the negotiations and CIPE and AWCCI’s efforts to empower women as entrepreneurs and as advocates for policy reform that enables women’s economic participation.

Oct 16, 2020

We are joined by Mohammed Nasib, CIPE Country Director for Afghanistan, and Babak Yektafar, CIPE Senior Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. They discuss the work that CIPE has done in Afghanistan to help the country's democratic development and assess how that work and future work might be impacted by various scenarios that the negotiations may present.

Oct 14, 2020

In this episode of CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center podcast series, we are joined by Alfredo Rodriguez, the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (TREE) program within the Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance Initiative. Based in South Korea, he facilitates the coordination between the program and the Asia Pacific network and liaises with governments and key actors, while reporting policy development and implementation processes of relevant regional initiatives focused on tackling the trade in illegally harvested timber and forest products. 

Oct 5, 2020

We are joined by Laura Maclay, Program Associate for Africa at CIPE, and Moses Akidadi Injenga of the Vihiga chapter of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI-Vihiga), a winner of CIPE’s Africa Associations Innovations Contest, which aimed to celebrate and highlight business membership organizations in Africa who creatively and effectively responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

KNCCI-Vihiga is a chamber of commerce whose mission is to advocate for a business environment in which SMEs can thrive in Kenya’s Vihiga County. The national chamber (KNCCI) represents fifty thousand SMEs, with 47 branch chapters - one for each county in Kenya. The Vihiga chapter represents businesses in Vihiga county, which is located in rural western Kenya.

To support its community and member businesses during this difficult time, KNCCI-Vihiga came up with a contribution formula of food donations to support vulnerable and less fortunate community members from tough economic times. Throughout the pandemic, the chapter has advocated for policies to address the health crisis and support economic recovery.  

Oct 2, 2020

Episode 3 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series.

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group and the former Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former United Nations diplomat who was forced from his job after uncovering massive corruption in U.N. operations in Kosovo.

Oct 1, 2020

Episode 2 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series.

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group and the former Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former United Nations diplomat who was forced from his job after uncovering massive corruption in U.N. operations in Kosovo.

Sep 30, 2020

Episode 1 of a 3-part podcast with Jim Wasserstrom, part of our Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) series. 

Jim Wasserstrom is the Director and Founder of the Wasserstrom Group, and the Chief of Party for Democracy International in Afghanistan. He is a whistleblower and former U.N. diplomat forced from his job after cooperating with an internal investigation of corruption by U.N. officials.

Sep 16, 2020

In this debut edition of CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center podcast series,  we are joined by Badri El Meouchi. El Meouchi is president of the board of directors of the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and has been working to battle corruption in the country for more than 15 years. El Meouchi describes an aggressive reform agenda to bring Lebanon back from the brink and announces LTA’s role in a coalition to monitor humanitarian relief and recovery assistance, and to ensure government accountability.

 

This podcast is hosted by Frank Brown, Director of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, and co-hosted by Stephen Rosenlund, CIPE’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Sep 15, 2020

In this podcast, we are joined by Mark Antony Otwane, the CEO of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) in Uasin Gishu. KNCCI-Uasin Gishu is a CIPE Africa Associations Innovations Contest Winner. He, co-host CIPE Program Officer for Africa Ryan Musser, and host Ken Jaques discuss the chamber and its history, as well as the challenges that it has faced as a result of the pandemic.

Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Efraim Chalamish is a senior advisor at Duff & Phelps and leads the firm’s Israel practice. He is also a Fellow in the Duff & Phelps Institute, providing thought leadership on a variety of economic and regulatory matters. With more than two decades of professional experience, Efraim has practiced international law in Israel, Paris and New York, and has served as a media contributor and columnist. Additionally, he has acted as an independent expert and advisor to multinational companies and governments on corporate strategy and international disputes in various sectors, including energy, technology and financial services. 

Aug 18, 2020

This week we are joined by Jordan L. Strauss to continue our discussions on the future of supply chains and the challenges that lie ahead as a result of COVID-19. 

Jordan Strauss is a managing director with the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps and a Duff & Phelps Institute Fellow. Jordan has served as Director at the White House National Security Council specializing in incident management, the Deputy Justice Attaché, and Senior Legal Advisor to the U.S. Justice Department in Kabul, Afghanistan, and as a federal prosecutor and trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. An experienced trial attorney, he was also the most senior crisis and emergency lawyer in the Department of Justice.

Aug 11, 2020

This week we are joined once again by Yun Sun of the Stimson Center in a discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. Catherine Tai is a Senior Program Officer for Asia and the Pacific at CIPE.

Aug 4, 2020

David Larsen is a managing director in the Alternative Asset Advisory practice, based in SeattleWashington and a Duff & Phelps Institute Fellow. He has more than 35 years of transaction and accounting experience. He specializes in fair value accounting, specifically for valuation, accounting and regulatory issues faced by alternative asset managers and investors.

In this podcast, he discusses how large institutional investors have increasingly invested in so-called "alternative investment funds." Some have characterized these funds as being high cost and high risk, so why are they receiving increased investment capital? He discusses this, as well as how “value” is determined in times of market dislocation, and what some of the similarities and differences are between the current economic crisis in 2020 and the economic crisis experienced in 2008.

Jul 27, 2020

This week we are joined by Yun Sun of the Stimson center in a discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

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