Policy Research Studies

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

May 19, 2016

Pakistan: Punjab BERF Research and Diagnostic Report

The Objectives of this Research Study are:

  1. Verify that the priority sectors identified in the Growth Strategy are the ones with the greatest potential to attract investment and drive growth. This will also include an assessment of which sub sectors within agribusiness and ‘other manufacturing’ should be targeted for the sector-wise business environment analysis under this project.
  2. Identify the binding constraints in the business environment to investment in the priority sectors of Punjab’s Growth Strategy Assess the implications of these constraints in terms of economic growth, job creation and women’s economic empowerment.
  3. Provide recommendations as to how these sector specific business environment constraints can be addressed, drawing on evidence on how these have been tackled elsewhere. This exercise will include an indication of the role of provincial government versus federal government in overcoming these constraints.