BER in Small Island Development States (SIDS)

Standard economic advice is not always appropriate to the circumstances of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and conventional policies do not always lead to the same outcomes that would be expected for larger, mainland economies.

This assessment from BERF’s Evidence and Learning research team guided the approach for a recent report prepared for DFID’s Overseas Territories Department on behalf of St. Helena. Continue reading

BER Best Practice – The Gender Perspective

BERF has published a Document Review on ‘Gender and Business Environment Reform: What is Best Practice?’ which provides useful evidence to guide DFID Bangladesh on how to mainstream gender into the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund  (BICF) Phase 2.  BICF 2 is a £20 million programme which is being implemented by DFID Bangladesh in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It aims to reduce poverty in Bangladesh through sustained pro-poor economic growth and will contribute to the creation of 50,000 additional formal jobs, 40% of which will be taken up by women. Continue reading