Business environment reform

On this page you can find all of the DCED’s key publications on Business Environment Reform, including the flagship Practical Guidance from 2008, and Annexes on a range of related issues (gender, SME procurement, inclusivity, quality infrastructure, industrial policy, results measurement etc.) You can also find background documents on the DCED database at www.Business-Environment.org.

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.)

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

The DCED reviewed donors’ programmes and practices in support of BE reform in Kenya, Bangladesh and Rwanda. The comparative report proposed 51 lessons learned.

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.

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