PPD Document Reference Library for Sub Saharan Africa

A Document Reference Library and Evidence Database on Public Private Dialogue (PPD) Systems and Approaches is now available for DFID Country Offices and business environment reform (BER) development partners, thanks to recent research produced by BERF’s Evidence and Learning team. DFID Zimbabwe requested assistance to identify PPD evidence sources most relevant to BER and investment climate in Sub-Saharan Africa, including in fragile states.

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Webinar on Measuring Value for Money (VfM) in DFID’s BER Programmes

BERF held its first webinar on ‘Measuring Value for Money (VfM) in DFID’s Business Environment Reform (BER) Programmes’ on Thursday, 29 September 2016.  The event held in collaboration with the World Bank/IFC, attracted interest from DFID Country Officers, other bilateral partners, international development agencies that are involved in designing and implementing BER programmes and BERF partners and associates.

The webinar followed the publication of a BERF Evidence and Learning Note entitled ‘’How to Measure VfM in DFID’s Business Environment Reform Programmes, including those delivered by the IFC’. It was aimed at sharing lessons learnt in measuring VfM in DFID’s and other donors’ BER programmes using evidence from a range of sources including the Evidence and Learning Note. Continue reading

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

Learning Note: Value for Money

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.

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