The marketing of BERF to DFID country offices commenced on 1st February. To ensure that our resources can work efficiently in the year ahead, every month we take stock of the results of our marketing effort. The emerging pattern of response by DFID country offices reflects in part BE reform programme maturity (and issues arising), the existence of a pipeline of programmes dedicated to, or containing elements of, BE reform interventions and the prominence given to BE reform by individual country offices. All these factors are likely to shape BERF’s product offer in the year ahead and are therefore worthy of closer examination now.
As part of its efforts to support wealth creation, the UK supports developing countries to improve their business climate, with the overall aim of attracting the levels and kinds of investment required to boost growth. The responsibility for this area of work rests with DFID’s Private Sector Department and the Investment Climate Team.
Sensitivity to the principle of Value for Money (VfM) is a key concern in DFID’s work, and one which informs programme design and implementation modalities, including work that is delivered through partner agencies.
Under “Activity D” we are looking to conduct 5-10 short term (2-6 months) policy research pieces around the impact of Business Environment reform over the next 3 years. These are intended to add to the evidence base and support DFID in its future programming decisions.
KPMG Change Readiness Index is a tool for analysing country ability to proactively manage change and respond to shocks. In 2015, the Index covered 127 countries. The Index is broad based in that it covers many aspects of country performance in the area of enterprise, government, and people and civil society.
BERF is a new facility for promoting business environment reform especially in DFID partner countes. BERF will work not just in “Tier 1” partner countries, which means DFID’s 28 priority programmes, but also in other countries where DFID is working, whether through a local office of DFID or through a programme managed from another country. Continue reading