The Center for Innovative Governance Research is hiring a Director of External Affairs for our Charter Cities Program. Founded in 2017, the Center is a fast-growing nonprofit building the ecosystem for charter cities. We work with entrepreneurs, new city projects, investors, policy experts, and government officials to make charter cities a reality.
The Center has three programs:
- Research: We produce original research to help decision makers on the ground.
- Events: We host summits to bring together various stakeholders in the charter city ecosystem.
- Application: We work with new cities developments interested in becoming charter cities.
The Director of External Affairs will be responsible for working with partners and potential partners to help spread the vision of charter cities. Specific responsibilities include:
- Building partnerships with multilateral organizations and NGOs
- Publicly advocating for charter cities by writing white papers and opinion editorials, as well as speaking at events.
- Helping to coordinated events, including defining the mission, audience, and inviting speakers
- Drafting RFPs, reviewing submissions
- Working with new city developments and governments to implement charter cities
Qualified applicants should possess:
- Masters in International Development/Economics/related field
- Ten years’ experience working in international development with specific experience writing op-eds, RFPs, and grant, coordinating with multi-lateral institutions, and organizing events.
- Senior government experience
- Willing to relocate to Washington DC
Competitive salary. Applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Mark@InnovativeGovernance.org.Read More
We have a new working paper by Jorge Colindres and myself (Mark Lutter) on how charter cities can make Honduras great. We propose a practical plan for implementing charter cities to help develop Honduras and stem the refugee crisis. Below is the abstract
We propose building charter cities to help develop Honduras and alleviate the refugee crisis. Charter cities are large real estate developments under a new jurisdiction with a blank slate, or close to it, in commercial law. The new jurisdiction allows the charter city to adopt the best practices in governance, attracting investment, creating jobs, and stimulating economic growth. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai were able to become world class cities due in large part to their governance, the same opportunity exists in Honduras.
Legislation which allows the creation of charter cities, known as Zones for Employment and Economic Development (ZEDEs), exists in Honduras. However, because of the complexity of creating a new legal system, no charter city has been publicly approved. Our goal is to demystify the challenges of creating a charter city such that it can become part of the strategy of developing Honduras. We propose a plan and timeline which demonstrates the cost effectiveness of charter cities as a policy strategy for poverty alleviation and development.
The paper is split into two sections. First, we review the migrant crisis, the failed solutions, and the governance challenges of Honduras. Second, we review the ZEDE legislation, offering a plan for developing a ZEDE. The appendix has additional information regarding models for the real estate aspect of a charter city.