Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE)

About CIPE

cipe-to editThe Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the United States Chamber of Commerce, is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. CIPE has supported more than 1,000 local initiatives in over 100 developing countries, involving the private sector in policy advocacy and institutional reform, improving governance, and building understanding of market-based democratic systems. It provides management assistance, practical experience, and financial support to local organizations to strengthen their capacity to implement democratic and economic reforms. CIPE has extensive experience providing tailored knowledge, training, and education to business associations, both worldwide and in Ethiopia.

Precise Consult International  has a contractual agreement with CIPE and is a program implementing partner with a strong inhouse team who works with external consultants. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.


Since the end of the FY 2008, CIPE has been partnering with Precise Consult International (PCI) to implement a 5 years comprehensive capacity building program for Business Membership Organizations (BMOs), mostly chambers of commerce and sectoral associations, women entrepreneurial associations, saving and credit associations, and sector based associations. There are more than 46 partner BMOs in five regional states (Harar, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, & SNNPR) and the two federal cities-Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.

CIPE Programs

CIPE has three major program activities to support partner Business Membership Organizations:

  •  Training

CIPE/PCI have practical training package focusing on the capacity of associations’ leadership, management, and financial sustainability.  All training manuals are prepared in Amharic language.

  •  Technical Assistance

CIPE/PCI provides multifaceted technical assistance based on the needs of each partner BMOs and diagnostic assessment. The technical assistance includes providing consultants, materials, and office facilities aimed to enhance institutional capacity to enable partners to give the right kind of services to their members.

  •  Competitive small grant award

Every year CIPE provides small grant to its partners that have practical and implementable project ideas within short period of time. All the project ideas should be measurable at the end of the completion of the program in terms of impact. So far, more than 10 Ethiopian BMOs are benefited from this activity.

Contact CIPE Field Office

Hailemelekot Asfaw

CIPE Field Representative  in Ethiopia

Office: +251 11 663 1099