Formalising smallholder agriculture and agri-business: what the evidence says

I’m a little late posting this, but I think the findings of this study I conducted on the formalisation of smallholder agriculture and agri-business are quite relevant and interesting. I was commissioned by the DFID-funded Business Environment Reform Facility to review the evidence available on how business environment reform (BER) can support the formalisation of…

Supporting Local and Regional Business Environment Reforms

I’m very happy to share with you the link to this new resource from the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). This Annex has just been published (December 2016). It contributes to the Donor Guidance on Supporting Business Environment Reform and focuses on how donor and development agencies can support business environment reforms at local and regional levels.…

Research in Progress: Beyond National Business Environment Reform

Many public policy reforms focus on national level systems. However, increasingly attention is given to the other systems. This is especially true when the policy, legal and regulatory concerns of the private sector are considered. Many firms experience problems at the local level as they bump up against the licenses, permits, regulations, and bylaws local…

European Support for the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries

The month, the European Commission submitted a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions on its support to the private sector in developing countries, The report, entitled A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries (13 May 2014),…

Measuring Donor-Supported Business Environment Reform Results

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) has just published guidance for donor and development agencies on how to measure the results of business environment reform support programmes. I prepared these guidelines along with members of the DCED’s Business Environment Working Group. The guidance can be downloaded from here. In 2008 the DCED published guidance for donor…