The Centre for Development and Enterprise in collaboration with partner think-tanks in India and Brazil as well as the London-based Legatum Institute, set out over a period of more than two years to shed new light on the relationship between democracy, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. The Democracy Works! project has drawn on workshops held in Delhi, Rio and Johannesburg, more than twelve research papers commissioned from scholars in all three countries, three country-specific reports, as well as contributions and advice from leading global experts and other international think-tanks.
In the series of events across the globe, we are sharing the experience and lessons drawn from these three important emerging democracies. We are engaging policy leaders in London, Washington, New York, Delhi, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Nairobi and Hong Kong over the course of 2014. In 2015, we go back to Washington and on to Mexico City.
For 20 years, the Centre for Development and Enterprise has been gathering evidence, consulting widely and generating innovative policy recommendations to meet South Africa’s core socio-economic challenges. It has an exceptional track record in presenting sound ideas based on scholarly and stakeholder contributions, focused on South Africa, but always within an international context. CDE’s roundtable discussions are unique in bringing together cabinet ministers, senior officials, business leaders and experts (local and international) in frank discussions about moving the country forward. CDE’s overall philosophy is to emphasise the need for high and employment-intensive economic growth within a democratic framework oriented towards market-driven solutions. It has a special focus on the role of business in development.