Business Environment Reform in Mozambique

BERF Scoping Mission to DFID Mozambique

Peter Wilson and Katja Silva-Leander of BERF recently visited Mozambique to hold consultations with stakeholders in Maputo to shape detailed assignments in support of DFID Mozambique’s approach to poverty reduction through entrepreneurship and job creation programmes.  The visit will be followed up by a number of discrete BERF assignments.  This update provides some perspectives on the issues facing Mozambique and how BERF can help. 

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Peak Youth

At our Consultative Advisory Panel meeting yesterday we were privileged to have a really stimulating presentation on Peak Youth from Catherine Stevens and Dilhani Wijeyesekera of Restless Development, which is part of the wider consortium for BERF.  Dilhani recently participated in our assignment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on innovative stakeholder engagement, including with both youth and women more generally.

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First meeting of the Consultative Advisory Panel

We held the first CAP meeting today for BERF.  The panel agreed its objectives and terms of reference going forward,  it had an initial discussion of some of the cross cutting issues including gender, political economy analysis, fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS), and environment/climate, and it had an a discussion about the emerging policy agenda (Activity D).

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Doing Business: Distance to Frontier

We have been looking at the “Distance to Frontier” data for DFID partner countries as a potential logframe indicator for BERF at Impact level.  The good news is that data is available for 27 of the 28 DFID partner countries, only excluding Somalia.  Data is readily downloadable for the period 2010 – 2016, though some countries do not have a full dataset for years before 2014.

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Emerging patterns of demand for BE reform programme support

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.

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Using the KPMG Change Readiness Index for Business Environment Reform Analysis

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.

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Welcome to the Business Environment Reform Facility

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