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Strategies for Policy Reform: Experiences from Around the World

The world’s foreign policy and development challenges continually remind us of the need to strengthen democracy. In so many countries, progress and prosperity depend on the creation of real avenues for popular input in public policymaking. Yet, while local knowledge is vital to policy solutions, knowledge of how to reform the policy process itself is often limited. We would like to share with you a set of models for policy reform that have answered this challenge. Strategies for Policy Reform: Experiences from Around the World reveals how local reformers in partnership with CIPE have transformed their countries to advance democratic policymaking and free market economies.

The innovative programs described here have improved democratic governance and the business climate to deliver tangible benefits to citizens—in a word, to make democracy deliver. They are all founded on the conviction that progress requires freedom and that the private sector must lead the way in creating institutional change to expand freedom. The accomplishments give hope to reformers elsewhere and illuminate paths to a better future.

Strategies for Policy Reform provides reform leaders with an array of effective strategies to inspire and guide them. They can select relevant strategies for better governance, expanded economic opportunity, and popular participation, and adapt the strategies for the greatest benefit to their constituents and their countries. We are proud of what our local partners have accomplished during two more than two decades of CIPE programs and we look forward to seeing their successes replicated elsewhere.

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Results of Policy Advocacy by CIPE and Its Local Partners:


  • An independent radio program in Ethiopia provided alternative viewpoints on the economy and initiated public-private dialogue.
  • The National Call to Action of Malawi businesswomen played a pioneering role in defining the private sector for policymakers.


  • Twenty-four city mayors and numerous civil society organizations across the Philippines publicly committed to improving democratic governance in measurable ways.
  • Seventy-nine development finance institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific implemented corporate governance policies and practices.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • A Bulgarian think tank brought anti-corruption to the forefront of the policy agenda; administrative corruption was slashed in half.
  • The first coalition of women’s business associations in Romania participated in high-level policymaking.
  • Romania’s innovative Advocacy Academy professionalized the practice of advocacy and facilitated transparent public hearings.


  • Government agencies in Georgia were pressed to implement sections of the administrative code that guarantee transparency.
  • Business communities in eight Russian regions took action to protect entrepreneurs’ rights and achieved reforms in licensing, inspections, and other areas to help small businesses.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Colombia’s Procurement Law fought corruption by using private sector recommendations that enhance competitiveness and transparency in public procurement.
  • A think tank in the Dominican Republic weakened the monopoly of the executive branch over legislation by providing legislators with information and analysis.
  • Hernando de Soto changed the world’s understanding of informal economic activity; 300,000 small enterprises were integrated into Peru’s formal economy.
  • The first policy dialogues between informal sector associations and local authorities in Venezuela raised informality to a national policy priority.

Middle East/North Africa

  • The young Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce grew to become Afghanistan’s premier advocacy organization.
  • The first national corporate governance code in the world to be written entirely in Arabic was created for Egypt.
  • Egyptian writers and intellectuals issued a call for constitutional reform and broadened the political debate.
  • All of Iraq’s major political parties came together for the first time to discuss the economic future of Iraq and build economic policy platforms.