Practical guidance on supporting business environment reforms, DCED 2008
The DCED defines the business environment as a complex of policy, legal, institutional, and regulatory conditions that govern business activities. It is a sub-set of the investment climate and includes the administration and enforcement mechanisms established to implement government policy, as well as the institutional arrangements that influence the way key actors operate (e.g., government agencies, regulatory authorities, and business membership organisations including businesswomen associations, civil society organisations, trade unions, etc.)
- Supporting Business Environment Reforms. Practical Guidance for Development Agencies, DCED, 2008
- Le soutien aux réformes de l’environnement des entreprises. Guide pratique pour les agences de développement, CDDE, 2008
- Apoyo a las Reformas del Entorno Empresarial. Guía práctica para Agencias de Desarrollo, DCED, 2008
- إرشادات عملية لوكاالت التنمية دعم إصالحات بيئـة األعمال: Practical Guidance in Arabic
Donor guidance annexes
Gender and Business Environment Reform, DCED 2016
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER) focuses on how donor and development agencies can implement gender sensitive business environment reform programmes. The Paper on which it is based can be downloaded from the following Section.
Supporting Local and Regional Business Environment Reforms, DCED, 2016
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER), focuses how donor and development agencies can support Business Environment Reforms at local and regional levels.
Supporting Business Environment Reforms within Industry Sectors, DCED 2016
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER) focuses how donor and development agencies can support Business Environment Reforms within industry sectors.
Supporting quality infrastructure in developing and transitional economies, DCED 2014
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform synthesises key lessons on how donor agencies can support the development of the Quality Infrastructure in developing and transitional economies.
Measuring Business Environment Reform, DCED 2013
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER) focuses on how to measure donor-supported BER results. There is also an associated Sample list of indicators.
How BER can be complemented with industrial policy support, DCED 2013
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER) focuses on how BER can be complemented through industrial policy support.
How BER can promote formalisation, DCED 2011
This Annex to the Practical Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform (BER) focuses on how BER can address the informal economy and encourage the formalisation of informal enterprises. It is based on the outcomes of the DCED Conference on the Informal Economy in Cape Town in 2010, and is also available in French and Spanish.
Country-Level reviews of donor support to Business Environment Reform, 2010-11
Other DCED publications on BER
In addition to the Practical Guidance on BER and related annexes (as above), the BEWG has published a range of Papers, often as part of the process of developing guidance. These are listed below.
- Gender-Sensitive Business Environment Reform: Why does it matter? – A policy guide, 2017. This guide by Katherine Miles sets out the relevance of considering gender in business environment reform interventions; the relationship of gender-sensitive BER to women’s economic empowerment; and how donors can implement gender-sensitive BER interventions. The body of work includes case studies on Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion through Gender-Sensitive BER, and on Gender-Sensitive BER and Informality. It is based on a comprehensive review in 2016 of Gender and Business Environment Reform.
- Technical Report: Policies that Promote SME Participation in Public Procurement, 2017. How can the trillions of dollars spent on government procurement better serve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? This study seeks to analyse the various models of preferential treatment of SMEs in public procurement, provide an assessment of the impact such policies have had, as well as identify lessons learnt based on a series of country-level case studies.
- How to create an enabling environment for inclusive business? Learning from experience and debates in private sector development, 2016. How can agencies help create an enabling environment for inclusive business in partner countries? And how, if at all, does this differ from regulatory reform and policies to facilitate private investment in general? In order to help answer these questions, this scoping paper by Melina Heinrich-Fernandes summarises a very large body of emerging evidence, structuring it into key debates for further exploration. The paper takes a global perspective, incorporating lessons from the inclusive business literature as well as other communities of practice in private sector development (PSD).
- A Review of Donor Agency Support for Regional and Local Business Environment Reform – This Paper, written by Simon White and published in 2016, reviews donor and development agency experiences in supporting BER at regional (i.e., supra-national territories) and local (i.e., subnational territories) levels. It identifies the advantages and disadvantages of such approaches, as well as identifying good practices and lessons learnt.
- Supporting Sector-Focused Business Environment Reform in Developing Countries – This Paper, written by Simon White and published in 2015, aimed to better understand how agencies are supporting reforms in specific industry sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Renewable Energy, Mining Sector (and small-scale suppliers), and Horticulture. Common issues identified included policy frameworks, legal reform, regulatory authorities, Standards and QA, and institutional arrangements.
- Leveraging the Impact of Business Environment Reform: The Contribution of Quality Infrastructure. Lessons from Practice, 2015 – This technical report, written by Martin Kellermann and Daniel Paul Keller, offers an in-depth analysis of key lessons on how donor agencies can support the development of the Quality Infrastructure in developing countries, which is a key component of the business environment.
- Case Studies on the Measurement of Donor-Supported Business Environment Reform Results – This paper, written by Simon White and published by the DCED in 2013, contains four brief case studies concerning the measurement of business environment reform results across regional trade support, tax reform, business advocacy and public-private dialogue, and improving the regulatory framework for business registration and company formation.
- Strategic Industrial Policy and Business Environment Reform: Are they Compatible? – This paper, written by John Weiss and published by the DCED in 2013, addresses the compatibility of business environment reform and industrial policy approaches, and makes recommendations to donors on how industrial policy can be applied. The paper draws on examples from four countries.
- The Political Economy of Business Environment Reform: An Introduction for Practitioners – This paper, written by Peter Davis in 2011, considers how political economy issues affect donors’ efforts to support business environment reform, and suggests ways which practitioners can address these issues. The paper draws on examples from four countries. French summary of the above paper by the Gret association
- Business Environment Reforms and the Informal Economy In 2009, the DCED commissioned a discussion paper on Business Environment Reforms and the Informal Economy, written by Professor Clifford Zinnes. French summary of the above paper