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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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

December 11, 2018

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to ill-advised social and economic policies. The combination of shifting commodity prices, rapidly expanding public employment, and restrictive economic policies resulted in stagnation and then decline, exacerbated by populist political leaders who continued to expand unsustainable social programs.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: EGYPT

November 30, 2018

The tumultuous social environment in Egypt presents an opportunity for change, but it also creates a lot of noise to filter through. Seeing that a problem exists is a cursory first step; grasping the nuance of reality in a way that translates to affecting progress is the real key. While ECPPS’ broad goal is to improve society, to accomplish that end they decided to investigate the core drivers that restrict economic liberties and target them for reform.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: ARGENTINA

November 27, 2018

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the most visited city in South America. Tourists enjoy Argentina’s quaint streets, the old European feel, and the rich culture. Little do many know that the country is in crisis.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: PERU’S PEOPLE’S CHAMPION CONNECTS A NATION ONE INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM AT A TIME

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: INDIA'S POLICY RUDDER NAVIGATES MARKET REFORM WATERS IN WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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