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CIPE Development Institute is an open resource for students and instructors around the world looking for self-study and classroom materials on democracy, market economy, and their role in development.
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Our Development Institute is a joint effort of a distinguished group of international scholars and practitioners. It not only provides interdisciplinary insights into the causes of weak democratic and economic development, but also discusses practical solutions – all in an easy-to-use electronic format! Here you can:
  • Watch engaging multimedia presentations,
  • Learn international perspectives on development issues,
  • Access lesson plans and study materials,
  • Follow up on suggested readings
Highlighted Sessions:

Democracy Works: Alternative Voices from the South

In 2014, the United Nations acknowledged that “study after study show declining faith among young people…with declining levels of participation” in democracy.  Compounding this declining faith in democracy is a rising ideological competitor in the form of economically successful authoritarian regimes. As much as young people are recognized as dreamers and agents of change, these … View Session →

Is Democracy for Everyone?

The number of democratic states around the world has been steadily climbing over the last few decades, including countries that were previously deemed unlikely candidates for achieving democratic transitions: former communist states in Eastern Europe, Muslim-majority countries such as Indonesia, or poor African countries like Mali. In recent years, this optimistic trend has seen some … View Session →