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LATIN AMERICAN ‘FREEDOM UNIVERSITY’ TRAVELS TO BOLIVIA

January 17, 2018

Since 2008, the Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú (Political Institute for Freedom Peru or IPL) has organized and hosted an annual leadership training program for exceptional youth leaders committed to democracy and basic freedoms, originally focused only on Peru but having since expanded to encompass Latin America more broadly. The program – Universidad de la Libertad (Freedom University or UDL) – has become a highly-regarded Latin American youth training program, with past participants coming from a handful of countries in Latin America & the Caribbean.

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LATIN AMERICA THINK TANK ESSENTIALS TRAINING FOCUSES ON REVITALIZATION

January 9, 2018

Every year, Atlas Network holds a Latin America Think Tank Essentials training, which focuses on providing new think tanks in the region with the tools to establish or revitalize their organizations. With the help of instructors from Contribuyentes por Respeto, Libertad y Desarrollo, and the Archbridge Institute, 13 think tank staffers spent four days in November 2017 in Santiago, Chile, refining their business plans and discussing strategies for strengthening their operations. The following three participants share their workshop experiences and discuss the main challenges that their organizations face.

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BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS-ENABLING ENVIRONMENT IN UKRAINE

January 2, 2018

Andriy Shpakov is the executive director of EasyBusiness, a Ukrainian think tank, whose mission is to create a better environment for business operation and economic growth. Shpakov has a background in finance and business analysis, and during the last three years he has advised the Ukrainian government on how to develop a deregulation strategy and improve Ukraine’s position on the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. Shpakov gave Atlas Network a little glimpse into Ukraine’s current political climate and what EasyBusiness is doing to spread the message of freedom in Ukraine, in light of an upcoming Atlas Network event in New York City on January 10.

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THIRD ANNUAL ARAB LIBERTY FESTIVAL PROMOTES ROLE OF PRIVATE SECTOR AS AGENT OF CHANGE IN REGION

December 28, 2017

The third annual Arab Liberty Festival, held from Dec. 8-9 in Rabat, Morocco, focused on promoting stable institutions that encourage entrepreneurship and rule of law throughout the Arab world. Hosted by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies and sponsored by Atlas Network, the Arab Liberty Festival brought together nearly 100 members of free-market think tanks and organizations from across the region.

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SEASON 4 OF THE FREE MARKETS SERIES TO AIR ON PBS

December 28, 2017

Interested in seeing some of the leading lights of the free-market movement talk about their life’s work and the ideas that get them fired up in the morning, all in an intimate interview setting? You can do just that if you watch The World Show: The Free Markets Series in partnership with Montreal Economic Institute (Institut Economique de Montreal) and broadcast on PBS Affiliate stations.

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SECOND OPEN FEST SPANS FIVE DAYS, DRAWS THOUSANDS IN SARAJEVO

December 21, 2017

The Bosnian think tank Multi has demonstrated once more how effective non-traditional channels can be in introducing new audiences to the ideas of classical liberalism with its second annual OPEN Fest. Over 2,000 people participated in the festival, with a few more thousand attending at least some of the associated programs, and 100 people were trained from the Western Balkans in three training programs – Balkan Leadership Training, Objectivist OPENer, and Catallaxy Seminars – held before OPEN Fest.

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MALAYSIAN CONFERENCE DEBUNKS PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS ON COMPATIBILITY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

December 20, 2017

Based in Kuala Lampur, Istanbul Network for Liberty strives for a Muslim renaissance based on the principles of a free society. It recently hosted its fifth annual international conference, organizing around the theme of “Democratic Transitions in the Muslim World.” More than 125 participants attended the conference, representing Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.

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NEW LIBERTY AWARDS IN GREECE HONOR TOM PALMER, OTHER FREEDOM CHAMPIONS

December 20, 2017

The recent turn of Greeks back to the ideas of classical liberalism is continuing. Earlier in December, The Center for Liberal Studies - Markos Dragoumis (KEFiM) hosted an award ceremony for “Freedom in Greece,” called PROMETHEUS 2017, at St. George Lycabettus in the presence of 120 prominent guests and award winners.

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LFMI: LABOR MARKET REGULATION INDICATORS PROVE VALUABLE DESPITE ABSENCE IN DOING BUSINESS REPORT

December 19, 2017

Until 2012, a measure of the rigidity of labor regulation had been reflected in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, but has since been removed in its associated index. The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) believes that there is a vast body of research to support the importance of these employment regulation indicators, and so, it developed the Employment Flexibility Index for the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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MODERNIZING LABOR POLICY IN SOUTHERN INDIA TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN, CPPR SAYS

December 18, 2017

Current labor regulations in the southern Indian state of Kerala are shaped by the Shops and Commercial Establishments Act of 1960, which has demonstrated itself to be outdated, inefficient, and discriminatory. Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is located in Kochi, a major port city in the state of Kerala. Its Model Shops and Establishments Act project analyzed suggestions put forward in a recent bill amending the Act and proposed CPPR’s own amendments. With its study and resulting draft bill, which it presented to the State Labour Department, CPPR is attempting to increase employment opportunities for women and improve Kerala’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking.

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: THE CHEETAH GENERATION OF AFRICA

December 15, 2017 | by Linda Kavuka Kiguhi

Poverty, literacy rates, and youth unemployment are part of a long list of Africa’s biggest challenges. But at the top of this list is corruption. It sweeps indiscriminately across the continent. Africa has countries that have been ruled by dictators for over 30 years, and in others power shifts from father to son. This is only possible because of corruption. In Africa, the phrase “everyone has a price” is put to real practice. Institutions are not independent, as claimed on paper. And judiciaries in many countries are threatened by the executive and rules as per the will of the government.

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AUDACE INSTITUT AFRIQUE CREATES NEW MODEL FOR LAND OWNERSHIP IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

December 15, 2017

To protect private property effectively, rights must be clearly defined. In Côte d’Ivoire, only four percent of all rural land is legally registered, which leaves virtually all of the non-urban population vulnerable to disputes. Part of the challenge lies in the prohibitive costs associated with engaging the formal system. For example, even small farming parcels (around two hectares) require about one year’s worth of income in fees for the average Ivorian to register their land, an investment made all the more unattractive when you consider the mismatch between informal agreements and the formal system. As a result, most landowners operate only under a weak informal system using handwritten claims or oral agreements. Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), an Atlas Network partner organization based in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital of Abidjan, has taken on the important task of transitioning those informal systems to formal registration and adjudication with its “Rural Land Project” (Acteur Communau’Terre).

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REPLACING PATENTS WITH GOVERNMENT PRIZES NOT THE WAY TO INNOVATION, SAYS GENEVA NETWORK

December 14, 2017

There have increasingly been calls for the market-based system of patent-driven drug research and development to be replaced with centrally planned systems driven by tax-funded innovation prizes and research contracts. Geneva Network, an Atlas Network partner in Salisbury, United Kingdom, explores this issue thoroughly in its recent policy brief Delinked from Reality, arguing that replacing research and development with bureaucracy will likely do more harm than good.

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RESEARCH FINDS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL CHOICE, FLEXIBILITY ON THE RISE

December 13, 2017

In education, as in the current political climate, those with the loudest voices get the most attention for their cause. Special interest groups consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, boards, and government struggle to align their goals while maintaining a positive learning environment. In an effort to cut through this noise, EdChoice interviews 1,000 Americans every year (in collaboration with Braun Research, Inc.) for its Schooling in America series. Now in its fifth installment, this annual survey gives a picture of what the average citizen thinks of the current state of K-12 education.

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LIBERTYFEST ATTENDEES CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA'S EXISTING FREEDOMS, BRAINSTORM TO RESTORE LOST LIBERTIES

December 6, 2017

LibertyWorks Inc., an Atlas Network partner based in Brisbane, Australia, recently hosted its annual LibertyFest Conference. This conference was held to celebrate existing liberties and discuss how liberties that have been lost can be restored. The event consisted of a day filled with speakers and entertainers whose mission was to advocate for liberty and stimulate thinking.

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