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Supporting Business Environment Reforms 2008

Supporting Business Environment Reforms 2008

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Development agencies support the programmes of partner governments.
While there are diverse views regarding the role development agencies can
play in reducing poverty through private sector development, much can be
gained by coming to agreement on key principles and practices. The Donor
Commitee for Enterprise Development has been facilitating and documenting
these kinds of agreements since its formation in 1979 and, having produced
guidance on financial and business development services.
Development agencies support the programmes of partner governments.
While there are diverse views regarding the role development agencies can
play in reducing poverty through private sector development, much can be
gained by coming to agreement on key principles and practices. The Donor
Commitee for Enterprise Development has been facilitating and documenting
these kinds of agreements since its formation in 1979 and, having produced
guidance on financial and business development services.

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A sound monitoring and evaluaton system is essental for the success of
business environment reform support programmes. Such a system should
exhibit well-defned indicators that measure programme outputs and
outcomes and clearly connect antcipated programme outputs with outcomes
and their impact on poverty reducton.

By defniton, business environment reform support programmes are not
reform programmes in their own right – they support the reform eforts
of programme partners. Thus, it is necessary to consider the performance
of a programme in terms of its infuence on programme partners to assess
the business environment, and design and implement reforms. Monitoring
business environment reforms speeds up the learning process in governments
by clarifying the reasons for success and failure. Development agencies can
help partner governments to become more results-oriented and improve the
accountability and transparency of their reform eforts through the use of
monitoring systems.

Special atenton should be given to assessing the impact of business
environment reform. This includes assessing the impact business environment
reform has on enterprise development, employment and pro-poor growth
– as well as on special groups such as informal frms and women-owned
enterprises. This should be done in partnership with government and the
private sector in order to increase transparency and accountability among
all partes. In many cases it is impossible to measure the impact of a single
business environment reform support programme on poverty reducton
because there are so many other factors that afect this ultmate goal. However,
development agencies can be precise about the impacts they antcipate their
programmes will achieve and how these contribute to broader development
goals. See Contested Issue 1.

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