Founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization, the East-West Management Institute, Inc. (EWMI), promotes the rule of law, civil society and free market systems globally. EWMI provides training, technical expertise and grants to foster sustainable reforms in government, business and civil society. Working in partnership with grass roots groups, local governments and international organizations, EWMI combines legal, civic and economic initiatives to build just, prosperous and democratic societies.
EWMI implements complex, ambitious programs by forming successful relationships with local government counterparts, international donors and local NGOs. Within the field of rule of law promotion, EWMI’s expertise includes judicial reform, legislative framework reform, court administration, anti-corruption and transparency, judicial and legal education, and access to justice. In the field of financial reform, EWMI helps promote international financial standards and best practices in developing countries, and provides training on technical areas such as accounting, auditing, anti-money laundering and corporate governance. EWMI recognizes that an engaged civil society is the cornerstone of sustainable development. As such, EWMI works with civil society to build sustainable institutions that advocate for their citizens and build a responsive government.
EWMI’s current and past donors include: the Asian Development Bank, the Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio Spa, the Australian Agency for International Development the Balkan Trust Fund for Democracy, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the European Commission, the Ministry of Justice of Romania, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the U.K. Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Treasury Department, the United States Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.
Rule of Law. An independent and efficient judiciary is fundamental to the protection of both civil and economic rights. For justice to be meaningful, it must be accessible to citizens. EWMI works with courts in emerging democracies to strengthen their capacity and independence, reduce delays and improve transparency. Knowledge of changes to criminal, civil and commercial law frameworks is also essential to long-term legal reform. EWMI helps to create indigenous judicial and legal training centers, and promotes an interactive approach to legal education. EWMI also supports targeted public education efforts, seeks to improve access to justice by organizing legal aid systems, and encourages civil society to use courts as a means to promote societal change. EWMI helps local stakeholders develop country-specific commercial laws, market regulations and codes for public and corporate governance that meet international standards.
Economic Development. Economic Development is about government, the private sector and civil society working together to create equitable prosperity. EWMI supports this process by working with and through local institutions, building local capacity, and helping lay the legal, institutional and regulatory foundations of growth. Countries where the Rule of Law is strong, where communities begin to know and stand up for their rights will become more prosperous. Whether at the national or local level we believe that socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth is achieved alongside a strengthened rule of law. In training financial supervisory authorities and central bankers, in promoting land rights awareness, in strengthening rural producer groups we put this principle into practice. EWMI staff and consultants have worked on various types and stages of projects including design and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation, company/employee surveys and innovative research.
Civil Society. An active and engaged civil society is the cornerstone of sustainable development. Non-governmental organizations ("NGOs") are essential to creating and sustaining an active citizenry and responsive government. International and regional experience with diverse cultures and issues enables EWMI to work creatively and realistically with local partnerships to build autonomous, transparent, and effective NGOs. EWMI provides technical expertise, training and grants to help NGOs identify problems, develop and implement practical solutions. EWMI's NGO partners have actively participated in the formation of policies on a national and local level, resulting in tangible improvements in their communities.
Environment. Natural resources represent the basis for economic, cultural, and social rights of the vast majority of the world’s citizens. Building upon the civil society work and grassroots initiatives it has supported in the past, EWMI has created an environment program designed to work with local citizens to find sustainable and community-based solutions to urban and natural environmental protection issues. Responsible environmental management in urban and natural settings is critical to sustainable development. Urban rehabilitation addresses the poor quality of a community’s environment while also addressing the social and economic needs of the community. The preservation of forests and areas rich in biodiversity positively impacts the livelihoods and welfare of indigenous communities and helps ensure food security for the greater region. EWMI takes a participatory and pro-poor approach to local environmental protection and provides capacity-building programs, technical assistance, and funding to support network-building and grassroots advocacy initiatives at the local, national, and regional levels. In doing so, EWMI promotes and motivates more responsible environmental management and creates lasting networks of community advocates.
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