Innovation in Stakeholder Engagement
The objective is to encourage innovative approaches to stimulating effective and targeted demand for reform by private sector and civil society groups and involving stakeholders in decision-making. BERF works to increase stakeholders’ demand for reform as well as stakeholder engagement in the design of Business Environment reform.
The stakeholder engagement activity works collaboratively with DFID Country Offices and local stakeholders to identify innovative approaches to engaging in the Business Environment reform process:
Engaging with local coalitions for change:
Solutions are sought out with local people and local representative organisations who understand the local political economy dynamics and can draw out innovative solutions and approaches to potential blockages. One of the first tasks of the BERF consultant is to work with the stakeholder group, establish a working party and a monitoring facility to gather data on progress and report against the project plan.
A facilitative approach is adopted to ensure that the consultant does not become an actor in the reform process, which is consistent with the preferred M4P (Making Markets Work for the Poor) framework for market development and with the need for sustainability of reform solutions.
Synergies with BERF Activities:
Stakeholder initiatives and BERF’s role in facilitation are closely linked to the diagnosis, design and implementation phases of assistance to DFID Country Offices.
Women are generally under-represented in public-private dialogue on legal and regulatory reform, which can result in a reduced or negative impact on reform. BERF ensures that facilitation includes working with women’s representative groups and Non Government Organisations implementing private sector development programmes with a women’s business development component.
BERF works in a facilitative way with national, regional and local chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture, sector trade associations, specialist representative bodies such as Small & Medium Enterprise agencies, research associations and public-private dialogue bodies, women’s business organisations, Non Government Organisations engaged in business development and Business Environment reform programmes, membership organisations representing relevant professional practices, for example, local law societies and accountancy bodies, relevant consumer and civil society groups, including trade unions and traditional authorities, academic institutions, think-tanks and other training organisations knowledgeable about business environment constraints and those specialising in specific sectors, and donor agencies (bi-laterals and multi-laterals), particularly those collaborating with DFID on Business Enterprise reform.