Free Enterprise & Democracy Network

Bringing private sector voices into global discourse on democracy.

About FEDN

The Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) was established by CIPE in 2012 to promote international engagement around the principles of free enterprise and democracy and bring private sector voices into global discourse on democracy. The network provides a mechanism for private sector leaders and advocates of economic freedom across the world to exchange ideas and support, and make the case for democratic, prosperous societies.

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  • Notable Accomplishments


    • Ruslan Stefanov and Martin Vladimirov co-authored a report, “Deals in the Dark” which analyzes Russian corrosive capital in Argentina and Bolivia. Their report is the fifth in the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience Series.
    • Boris Begovic recently published a book review of “Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World” by Branko Milanovic. In the review, Begovic examines the author’s assertion that only capitalism remains, but which version: liberal capitalism or political capitalism?


    • Laith Al Qasem, CEO of Innovative Startups & SMEs Fund (ISSF) announced that ISSF would be investing in Abjjad, a Jordan-based e-book subscription service. For a monthly fee of $5.99, the Abjjad service offers users unlimited access to some 6,000 Arabic e-books and novels. The investment demonstrates the increasing importance of e-marketplaces in the post-COVID economy.
    • Martin Burt has developed a toolkit called Poverty Stoplight, which is a process allowing survey respondents to self-assess their well-being through 6 dimensions. This type of toolkit is especially helpful during this time because it provides information to policymakers as they formulate continued economic responses to COVID-19. To learn more about Fundacion Paraguya’s work, visit their website here.

    Speaking Engagements

    • Ryan Evangelista served as a moderator for the virtual edition of the National Export Congress 2020 (NEC 2020). The theme, “Digitalization Boost: Invigorating Exports in the New Normal” focused on how exporters can use digital tools to “adapt to a more socially distant future.”
    • Toki Mabogunje co-hosted the Africa Business Ethics Conference, a “business-community-led global forum for convening a broad stakeholder group” working on the “complex and peculiar challenges posed by corruption.”
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  • Our Network's Reach

    Below highlights all of the countries where our members reside.