CASE STUDIES

Atlas Network believes that some of the best lessons for achieving impact are taught by sharing success stories of similar organizations. Over the next several years, we will be producing a series of case studies, based on exceptional think tanks within Atlas Network, to provide insight, context, and advice on running effective think tanks. If you would like more in-depth analysis, guidance, and discussion, be sure to participate in Atlas Leadership Academy's Think Tank Impact online course. This course, run quarterly throughout the year, will allow you to learn, share, and address your organization's challenges along with others from the worldwide freedom movement.

CDE CASE STUDY: THE FIGHT TO CLEAR A PATH FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO FLOURISH

September 27, 2019

Burundi ranks near the bottom of all countries on important indicators such as income and business climate, but its people are filled with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Centre for Development Enterprises Great Lakes fought to dramatically reduce the licensing costs to become a legitimate business, which was an insurmountable barrier to many would-be business owners. The group has also created programs to train and educate the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs, which will help stimulate Burundi’s economy and lift up its people.

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FUNDACIÓN ELÉUTERA CASE STUDY: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

September 27, 2019

Entrepreneurship—and a regulatory climate that encourages small business growth—are important everywhere. But in Honduras, entrepreneurship isn’t just about earning a living. It’s often the difference between surviving or not. There is no lack of talented, hard-working people in Honduras, yet high poverty and unemployment rates continue to plague the country. That’s why Fundación Eléutera took on a reform campaign to make it easier and more affordable to start a business. Because of their success in reducing government barriers to entry, Hondurans are finding it easier to build better jobs, greater wealth, and improved lives in their home country.

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ADVOCATA INSTITUTE CASE STUDY: FIGHTING FOR FAIRNESS ON BEHALF OF SRI LANKAN WOMEN

September 27, 2019

The Sri Lankan government taxed feminine sanitary products at over 100 percent, making a basic necessity unaffordable for most women in the country. In spite of a culture of silence and scorn surrounding the female cycle, the Advocata Institute bravely stepped up to become the voice for the voiceless when no one else would. Advocata’s work not only started an important conversation, but it also led to a drastic reduction to the sanitary napkin tax, which stripped women of their dignity by preventing access to a basic necessity.

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EASYBUSINESS CASE STUDY: OVERCOMING GOVERNMENTAL INACTION AND BAD LAND POLICY

September 27, 2019

When the Ukrainian government decided to ignore calls for property reform, innovative leaders formed EasyBusiness, a free-market think tank, that created an infrastructure of researchers, litigators, and everyday citizens to open up the market for property owners to be able to freely buy and sell farmland that had previously been restricted.

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LIMS CASE STUDY: OPENING UP THE POWER MARKET IN LEBANON

September 20, 2019

Lebanon has been plagued by hours-long power outages since the 1970s. That’s because the government is the monopoly supplier of power, stifling innovation and competition that would have led to better electricity service for consumers. Thanks to the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies, the power market is now open to private competition, and the people of Lebanon can look forward to less government waste and overspending—and more light.

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COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION CASE STUDY: HOW TO PLAY THE LONG GAME — ACHIEVING STATE-LEVEL PENSION REFORM

February 15, 2019

In 2017, after years of sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania’s billions of dollars in state pension debt, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) saw its hard work pay off. That’s because state policymakers came together — conservatives and progressives alike — to sign off on Act 5, a plan that is projected to save the state billions and secure the retirements of government workers.

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LIPA TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION CASE STUDY: HOW A SMALL TEAM REPEALED CROATIA’S PROPERTY TAX

February 15, 2019

Lipa Taxpayers Association is a small shop, with just one full-time employee and a modest budget. But with grit and ingenuity it stopped Croatia’s new property tax dead in its tracks, unleashing such a powerful public backlash that Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was forced to repeal the tax in 2017 before it was ever implemented. Public outcry against the country’s high tax burden has been so strong ever since Lipa’s efforts that it has become virtually impossible to pass tax hikes of any kind in Croatia.

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