A new mapping tool which will help DFID Country Offices access evidence on key Business Environment Reform themes quickly and easily has been launched by BERF.

The evidence map and supporting database is currently available for two themes – Public Private Dialogue and Gender, with plans in place to develop maps and databases for more BER themes over the coming months.

There is an extensive and growing body of literature on Business Environment Reforms focusing on policies and mechanisms to create enabling environments for inclusive business, as well as with measuring the outcomes and impacts of these reforms. However, evidence is scattered around different databases, websites, and the grey literature and is often presented in formats which are not publicly accessible.

The BERF Evidence Map aims to fill this gap by cataloguing existing relevant literature, highlighting the factors and mechanisms that have proven successful, challenges encountered, and evidence of impact. The tool is presented in an Excel database which allows policy makers and practitioners to identify BER programmes and studies by location, type and focus of the intervention, and type and degree of evidence available.

Themes covered

BERF will prepare an evidence gap for 8 more reform areas (based on the Donor Committee on Enterprise Development framework for Measuring Business Environment Reform results).

  1. Business registration and licensing procedures
  2. Tax policies and administration
  3. Access to finance
  4. Labour laws and administration (Decent Work)
  5. Regulatory governance
  6. Land titles, registers and administration
  7. Commercial courts and dispute‐resolution mechanisms
  8. Access to markets through trade and customs reform

Available BERF Evidence Maps:

To access the available BERF evidence maps click on the links below:

Gender Evidence Mapping Tool July 2017

Public Private Dialogue Evidence Mapping Tool July 2017



  1. To know more about evidence gap maps and the methodology used to identify studies, read the World Bank working paper authored by e’s systematic review experts entitled Evidence gap maps – a tool for promoting evidence informed policy and prioritizing future research.

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