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About CIPE

The Center for International Private Enterprise

Mission

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform.

Objectives
  • Foster institutions necessary to establish and sustain market-oriented democracies.
  • Increase private sector participation in the democratic process.
  • Increase support for and understanding of the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities essential to market-oriented democracies among government officials, businesspeople, media and the public.
  • Improve governance through transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors.
  • Strengthen freedom of association and private, voluntary business organizations.
  • Promote an entrepreneurial culture and understanding of how markets work.
  • Expand access to information necessary for sound entrepreneurial and policy decisions.

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. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anticorruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

CIPE in Afghanistan

CIPE has been working in Afghanistan since 2003. CIPE’s current program focuses on building the capacity of the Afghan Parliament and members of the provincial councils to successfully contribute to the policy processes; supporting the private sector in fulfilling its role in promoting economic policies that will encourage economic growth; and providing students with a knowledge of entrepreneurship and business skills. CIPE’s programs in Afghanistan are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.