In Cameroon, there is a core belief that the government is, and should be, the number one generator of jobs. This creates many challenges for the almost non-existent private sector, which currently makes up less than 6 percent of the working population. The Nkafu Policy Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Cameroon, is committed to bringing the economic decision making down to a local level as a way to break-up monopolies and encourage competition and free enterprise with its Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC). With the stated purpose of assisting small businesses transition from the informal to the formal sector, the SBEC has become a network of small business owners and entrepreneurs in a country that ranked 163 of 190 in the World Bank’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Report.
Since 2012, the National Statistics Institute (INE) of the Guatemalan government has reported substantial inflation of grocery prices in the country. A new study by the Market Trends program at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City finds that the INE’s statistics of grocery price increases were significantly flawed.
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has established a new International Trade and Competition Unit, dedicated to researching and promoting free trade and the opening of trade barriers in a post-Brexit United Kingdom. The unit is to be directed by Shanker Singham, former director of economic policy and prosperity studies at the Legatum Institute.
The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), an Atlas Network partner based in Vilnius, Lithuania, held its first annual National Economics Exam to measure the economic literacy of Lithuanian students and the general public.
A new online tax calculator for Peruvians, developed by Contribuyentes por Respeto (CpR), has been officially adopted as standard by the SUNAT tax collecting agency, the Peruvian equivalent of the American Internal Revenue Service.
Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute, has long published introductory-level books and e-books for those new to classical liberal ideas. These publications, ranging in topics from trade to the American Revolution, provide high-quality synopses of many of the ideas and events which have shaped the ideas of classical liberalism. And now, the Cato Institute is offering the opportunity to translate, print, distribute, and even sell their own editions of several Cato-published books — at no cost for reprint rights, provided that the editions must be published outside the United States in a language other than English.
The 2016 University of Pennsylvania “Global Go-To Think Tank Index” is a comprehensive survey of over 7,500 scholars, journalists, donors, and policy makers which ranks more than 6,500 think tanks around the world for their effectiveness and influence. Three Atlas Network partner organizations in Uruguay received recognition by the index for their efforts to promote freedom in their country and throughout South America.
Libertarian Club Libek, an Atlas Network partner based in Belgrade, Serbia, celebrated the release of the English language translation of Abusing the People: Global Challenges of Authoritarian Populism on March 8. The book is an in-depth examination of the rise of authoritarian populism in twelve countries, among them Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela. The publication is comprised of a collection of essays and interviews with authors from around the world.
TechFreedom, an Atlas Network partner focused on technological progress and policy in the United States, has seen success in highlighting the importance of robust First and Fourth Amendment protections to help continue the advance of a free and open Internet. By publishing white papers, appearing in podcasts, and bringing attention to instances of government attempting to subvert a free and open Internet, TechFreedom does vital work in drawing public attention to issues of free expression online.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s former company, GreenTech Automotive, which he founded in 2009, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Cited in the bankruptcy petition are 76 articles by Watchdog.org which highlighted the level of crony practices by the company. Watchdog, a website dedicated to providing oversight of state governments, is a project of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, an Atlas Network partner.
In your work, do you struggle with communications conflicts or staff turnover? Is employee morale and absenteeism a problem? Do teams in your organization work in silos, unaware of and unconcerned with how their work affects and is affected by others? Are your people focused on day-to-day routines to the exclusion of thinking about the future, the results of their actions, or your unifying goals? If so, you probably know that you have a problem with your corporate culture.
Students For Liberty’s (SFL) annual conference in Washington D.C., LibertyCon — formerly known as the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) — was once again a resounding success in 2018. The conference, hosted from March 2-4, was in part sponsored by Atlas Network and featured the works of Atlas Network’s partners around the world.
In June 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered the infamous ruling in Kelo v. City of New London. Now, thirteen years later, the efforts of Susette Kelo and the Institute for Justice (IJ) — an Atlas Network partner dedicated to defending individual rights in court — will be portrayed in the upcoming feature film Little Pink House.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an Atlas Network partner based in Washington D.C., has been published in the Harvard Business Review online and in the March-April 2018 print magazine, a significant event as this marks one of the first times the publication has featured a nonprofit like AEI.
The San Juan-based Fundación Libertad Puerto Rico is ceasing operations due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria and the toll it took on its staff who have been almost entirely forced to relocate from the island to financially sustain themselves.
The Price of Peace: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg, a new documentary produced by Free to Choose Media, a project of Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Network, is set to release to public television stations around the United States on March 23, 2018. The one-hour documentary explores the costs and advantages of deterrence as a strategy to promote peace, by examining societies and historical examples from around the world.