2 February 2017

Study on the lessons and experiences of Business Environment Reform Programming in FCAS

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Undertake a review of the evidence on the lessons and experiences of BER programming in FCAS, based on the experience of countries that successfully transitioned from severe fragility to greater stability and sustained economic growth. This will include considerations of when and how to initiate BER programming and the specific nature of reforms needed to achieve their intended objectives. The study will also investigate the potential and actual unintended consequences in the face of large scale investment and corporate behaviour and their contribution to drivers of conflict.
  • Assess the potential implications of the identified trends and evidence on BER programming in FCAS and provide recommendations as to how these lessons learnt could be best applied in DFID and other donor BER programming in FCAS

February 02, 2017

Scoping Study: Customary Law and Women’s Entrepreneurship

Business environment reforms on women’s employment and business activity need to also consider the influence of socio-cultural factors. The objective of the scoping study will be to address the overarching questions:

  • What (specific) impact on women in enterprises – as owners and as employees?      This will include discussing the notions of customary laws and practices, noting when they overlap and how they differ.
  • What implications do these have , and in what ways can business environment reform (BER) take these into consideration to address these challenges?
  • To what extent and in what ways, if any, do customary laws and practices determine the sectors in which women in business tend to engage? This will take into account both formal and informal economies.


December 14, 2016

BERF Annual Evidence Synthesis on Business Environment Reform (2016)

The objectives of the Evidence and Learning Synthesis report is:

To produce a narrative summary of common lessons and recommendations on three BER cross-cutting themes of interest to DFID – Public Private Dialogue, Gender and Value for Money – based on BER programmes delivered by DFID and its major development partners in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia in 2016.

November 29, 2016

Scoping Study on Gender Differences in Enterprise Surveys

The objectives of this Policy Research scoping study are to:

  1. Determine whether and how the gender-disaggregated Enterprise Survey data can be used to understand better how male and female owned or managed businesses are impacted by the business environment.
  2. Develop a methodology for using the data to understand better these differences, and the implications for BER.

September 30, 2016

Scoping Study: Formalisation of Smallholder Agriculture

The objectives of this Policy Research scoping study are:

  1. To assess the need for a study that looks in more depth at the impact of formalisation on the small-holder agricultural and agribusiness sectors in different contexts
  2. To propose an approach for further work that would help DFID understand the optimum sequencing of formalisation efforts.



August 4, 2016

BER Diagnostic Process

The objectives of this Technical Support study are:

  1. To design a BE diagnostic process for undertaking both general economy-wide diagnostics and sector-specific diagnostics to be used throughout BERF.
  2. To adapt the BERF Diagnostic Process for DFID COs’ continual use beyond BERF

Guide for BER Diagnostics

July 07, 2016

How to Measure Value for Money in DFID Business Environment and Investment Climate Reform Initiatives Delivered by the IFC

The objective of this Evidence and Learning note is:

  1. To provide expert guidance to DFID’s Country Offices and ICT team on how to measure Value for Money in BER programmes, in order to support new BER programmes or strengthen existing ones, in particular, those which are implemented through the IFC.



April 1, 2016

BER in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS)

The objectives of this Policy Research scoping  study are:

  1. To provide a summary of the availability of evidence on how to design effective BER in FCAS;
  2. To identify the key complete or ongoing research on business environment reform in FCAS;
  3. To identify the key gaps in the evidence that should be addressed as a matter of priority for DFID;
  4. To make recommendations for further research to help build evidence around these gaps.