Center for Private Enterprise

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About CIPE

According to CIPE's website (as of January 10, 2007):

The Center for International Private Enterprise is a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. CIPE has supported more than 1,000 local initiatives in over 100 developing countries, involving the private sector in policy advocacy and institutional reform, improving governance, and building understanding of market-based democratic systems. CIPE provides management assistance, practical experience, and financial support to local organizations to strengthen their capacity to implement democratic and economic reforms. CIPE programs are also supported through the United States Agency for International Development...

CIPE's Grant Program

CIPE’s grants program provides management assistance, practical experience, and financial support to business groups and think tanks to strengthen their expertise while accomplishing key development goals. The four-step Grants Management Program includes:

  • needs assessment and agenda setting
  • development of a business plan (program of work)
  • progress monitoring
  • comprehensive evaluation and follow-up
  • CIPE grants are used to advance policy advocacy, business services, educational programs, and other development goals. Most grants include communication and advocacy components to build policymakers’ support for reform. Grants range from full-scale programs with national business associations and think tanks to integrated small grants that reach grassroots organizations throughout a country.

All grantees are indigenous to their local areas. To qualify, the grantee organization must have a grassroots constituency and a detailed action plan.

Nearly all projects funded through CIPE require the grantee to provide matching funds to facilitate the program’s implementation. Utilizing grant funds from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CIPE leverages additional funds from the private sector and other organizations to maximize efforts to strengthen democracy and market-oriented reform.

Field Offices

Over the years, CIPE has established field offices to coordinate large-scale technical assistance programs. Currently, CIPE maintains six field offices to provide an on-the-ground presence in key transitioning areas and to coordinate wider regional efforts.

Source: CIPE website, accessed January 2007.

Board of Directors (2005)

Amb. John A. Bohn
CIPE Chairman
GlobalNet Venture Partners – Chairman and CEO
Daniel W. Christman
Lt. General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
US Chamber of Commerce – Senior VP for International Affairs
Barbara Barrett
Triple Creek Ranch – President and CEO
Stanton D. Anderson
McDermott, Will & Emery – Attorney at Law
June DeHart
Washington Office, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips – Partner
Thomas J. Donohue
US Chamber of Commerce – President and CEO
Peter S. Walters
Guardian Industries Corp. – Group VP
Debora A. Guthrie
Capitol Health – Founder and CEO
Julia K. Hughes
International Development Systems, Inc. – President
Gregori Lebedev
Civitas Group – Senior Advisor
John P. Linstroth
JPL Land Development Co. – President
Michael D. McCurry
Public Strategies Group, LLC – President
Ken Nilsson
American Education and Health Foundation – Founder and Board Chair
Janice Rys
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Senior VP
Michael A. Samuels
Samuels International Associates, Inc. – President
Kenneth R. Sparks
Federal City Council – Executive VP
Sandra E. Taylor
Starbucks Coffee Co.
Corporate Social Responsibility – Senior VP
Mary Ann Gooden Terrell
Superior Court of the District of Columbia – Associate Judge
Phillip Truluck
The Heritage Foundation – Executive VP and COO
Steve Van Andel
Alticor, Inc. – Chairman
Lynda Y. de la Viña, Ph.D.
John Hopkins Univ. – Associate Dean
George J. Vojta
Financial Services Forum – Director
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2006 Directors


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