Stability, Peace and Security
DFID’s work is increasingly located in fragile and conflict affected states, or FCAS, where the environment for economic development is very challenging. As noted in the DFID economic development strategy, violence is often used to secure access to resources at the expense of the wider population. this can deter entrepreneurship and deepen poverty. The world’s poor are increasingly concentrated in fragile states, as other countries are managing to allow their poorer people to increase incomes and escape poverty.
The FCAS agenda is central to BERF. Following a policy research scoping study, BERF has been undertaking a detailed research study on dimensions of fragility in relation to business environment reform based on case studies in 4 countries (Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia). DFID has identified high fragility countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, which have been amongst the most important focus countries for BERF. Work is planned in others such as Somalia.
- Business Environment Reform in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS)
- Afghanistan Evidence and Learning Note Business Environment Reform and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan
- Afghanistan Harakat Organisational Review and Design Report
- Afghanistan Business Environment Reform Diagnostic for Harakat
- Pakistan – Business Environment Reform in Sindh Province
- Pakistan Support to Public Private Dialogue Punjab
- Pakistan BERF Online Feedback Mechanism Report
- Pakistan: Research study on policy reforms for Punjab’s priority business sectors
- Sudan Review of Business Environment Constraints