BERF is helping DFID Ghana design a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and plan to underpin their Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP) and the work plans that will facilitate reporting on implementation progress at the output and outcome levels.
Whilst there is a large collection of research around how to design business environment reforms (BER) in general, there is relatively little which looks specifically at fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS). It is with this view that Activity D launched the first of its scoping studies to look at the evidence on BER in FCAS.
DFID is increasingly focusing bilateral aid on FCAS, committing 30% of official development assistance to these countries. Whilst there is no commonly accepted definition of FCAS, DFID’s working definition includes countries where the government cannot, or will not deliver core state functions, such as providing security, justice, and basic services to the majority of its people. Currently, 21 of DFID’s 28 priority countries are designated as FCAS.