Technical Support: Diagnosis, Design, and Implementation Assistance


The objective is to deliver significant improvement in programme design, re-design and implementation of Business Environment reform in accordance with the needs of DFID Country Offices.

BERF Technical Support Projects

  1. Afghanistan: Harakat Organisational Review and Design
  2. Afghanistan: Business Environment Reform Diagnostic for Harakat
  3. Ghana: Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP) – Design of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  4. Ghana BEEP Phase 3 – July 2017 progress report with annexes
  5. Ghana: BEEP Phase 3 Project Completion Report November 2017
  6. Jordan Business Environment Reform Assessment 
  7. Kenya – Business Environment Diagnostic and Export Strategy
  8. Kenya: Investment Climate Reform Scoping Study
  9. Kenya: Creative Economy Diagnostic and Public Private Dialogue
  10. Montserrat: Business Environment Capacity Building
  11. Mozambique: Renewable Energy Diagnostic
  12. Mozambique: Forestry Sector Business Environment Diagnostic
  13. Mozambique: Diagnostic Assessment on BE Constraints on Youth Entrepreneurship
  14. Mozambique Scoping Assessment for Economic Governance
  15. Sierra Leone Business Enviornment Diagnostic Report May 2017
  16. St Helena: Diagnostic Review and Stakeholder Engagement
  17. Sudan: Review of Business Environment Constraints
  18. Zimbabwe: Review of ZIMBISA
  19. Ethiopia Foreign Exchange for Businesses
  20. Caribbean Fintech Companies Regulation 


BERF Technical Support Products

  1. Light touch diagnostic reviews

    An initial ‘light touch’ diagnostic review leads to a Business Environmentreform readiness report and establishes basic BE reform needs and approaches. The review is normally desk-based following remote consultation with the Country Office.

  2. Full diagnostic reviews

    BERF consultants produce a detailed Business Environment reform diagnostic to assess which reforms could have the greatest impact linked to national growth strategies and priorities, given the country’s capacity to resource reforms and political economy influences on government decisions and on private sector engagement in the reform process. The diagnostic leads to a BE reform readiness report.

  3. Diagnostic tools

    BERF develops improved BE reform diagnostic tools (both light touch and full diagnostics) that can be used in the future by Country Offices. Local stakeholders are engaged in preparatory investigations and political economy analyses identify underlying interests and institutional incentives. Gender analysis is incorporated into the diagnostic process.

  4. BE reform design and implementation

    The design process engages stakeholders in identifying and prioritising BE reform, for example,

    1. through public-private dialogue at multiple levels;
    2. analyses the local political and economic contexts and local actors’ incentives; and
    3. quantifies the benefits of reform and the impact of changes in good governance on private sector development.
    4. BERF’s consultants then provide design and implementation assistance at the national and sub-national levels.
  5. Technical assistance through DFID Country Offices to Development Partners on BE reform

    The objective of technical support includes providing DFID Country Offices and their local development partners with support services at short notice, taking advantage of windows of opportunity as political circumstances change.

  6. On-demand BE reform response

    The rapid response service offers high quality technical assistance to DFID Country Offices and to partner governments. BERF offers expert tailored assistance to meet urgent Business Environment reform needs from Consortium members’ Pool of Consultants and academic partners.