Evidence and Learning Notes

February 20, 2017

Adaptive Programming and Business Environment Reform – Lessons for DFID Zimbabwe

To provide evidence on how to practically apply lessons from adaptive programming approaches to the second phase of DFID Zimbabwe’s BER and investment climate programme, specifically evidence to support the design of a Theory of Change and logframe that provides adequate signposting on how to:

  • manage course corrections and respond quickly to opportunities in Zimbabwe’s business environment and investment climate, without sacrificing impact on results,
  • select the best choice of governance structures (e.g. the Board of Investment or other BE related institution) that could lend themselves to DFID’s active involvement in BE reform in a post-fragile political context.

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 25, 2016

Ghana: Lessons from BEEP on Evaluating the Impact of BE Reforms

The Objectives of this Evidence and Learning Report are:

To document early lessons learnt on a) which aspects of the intervention worked, b) how effectively and efficiently they worked and c) the implications of the (provisional or expected) results when applying the Ghana BEEP Measurement and Evaluation Framework CCM methodology to defined reform agenda areas, as guidance for other COs who are doing or have an interest in undertaking specific reform programmes.

November 25, 2016

Afghanistan:  Business Enabling Reform (BER) and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)

The Objectives of this Evidence and Learning Note  are:

  1. To provide evidence to assist DFID Afghanistan to determine what other BER areas could be tackled (apart from legal and regulatory reform) to ease Afghan women’s entry into the market.
  2. To provide lessons from BER and WEE strategies that have worked in countries similar to Afghanistan with respect to FCAS contexts, political economy frameworks, youth dimension and/ or institutional environment.
  3. To provide evidence of how BER and WEE programmes have managed to have a larger impact including guidance on steps required to achieve this impact (that is, the factors that have enabled impact at scale to be achieved.).

November 22, 2016

Zimbabwe: PPD Interventions: Lessons for Zimbisa

The Objective of this Evidence and Learning Report are:

  1. Provide evidence to support the Business Case extension of the current Zimbisa Public Private Dialogue (PPD) programme, including guidance from other donor programmes on what works and doesn’t work in the context of PPDs in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Reference Library

November 25, 2016

Mozambique: Lessons on What Works in Business Environment Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The Objectives of this Evidence and Learning Report are:

  • To provide evidence of what works and doesn’t work in business environment reform and investment climate reform based on DFID’s programmes in selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • To answer a set of key questions identified by DFID such as (a) what are the absolute prerequisites to starting a BER/IC programme? (b) can BER/IC programmes be designed to suit varying levels of political commitment for reform?  and (c) how can DFID help BER/IC reform sustain through election cycles?

August 24, 2016

St Helena:  BER in Small Island States

The Objectives of this Evidence and Learning Note are:

  1. To provide evidence of constraints to, and key factors in, attracting and stimulating investment in SIDS with characteristics similar to those of St Helena; and
  2. To provide evidence from these SIDS of BE reforms, the benefits arising from reforms and incentives offered by government (directly or through enterprise development/investment promotion agencies) to assist in attracting and stimulating investment.



July 19, 2016

Bangladesh: What is Best Practice on Gender and Business Environment Reform?

Implications for the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund Phase 2

The Objective of this Evidence and Learning Note is

  1. Provide inputs for an evidence-based gender mainstreaming strategy for the BICF 2. This should include guidance on how Bangladesh could improve economic empowerment for women through gender-sensitive implementation of BER programmes.

Literature Review


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.



May 19, 2016

Pakistan: Evidence and Learning Note on Business Environment Reform in Sindh

The Objective of this Evidence and Learning Note is:

  1. Provide an overview of the business environment landscape in Sindh, including mapping the key actors and stakeholders involved and business environment reforms currently underway or planned, and assessing how reforms might impact on employment levels.