Business Environment Reform

We have deep experience in reforming business environments to improve competitiveness of companies, industries, and countries in domestic and global markets.

Using top-down and bottom-up approaches, we lower transaction costs, simplify regulations, and develop necessary laws and regulations to reduce informality, increase employment and investment, and access markets. We work with governments to strengthen their ability to develop and implement laws and regulations that support competitiveness, and streamline regulations already on the books. In the private sector, we support firms and other industry stakeholders to be effective partners in promoting systemic change.

Our Experts


As Regional Managing Director for Asia, Jenny oversees DAI operations from Central Asia to the Pacific Islands. DAI’s current portfolio of 18 long-term field projects in the region tackle development challenges in sectors as diverse as economic growth, governance, and environment.

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Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect. After a brief stint teaching at Yale University, he joined a public policy consulting firm.

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Arsalan Faheem works with our London-based Private Sector Development practice, where he is responsible for advising DAI’s portfolio of economic development programmes, as well as growing the practice through client development.

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Marika Kanatova is the director responsible for bids for the European Commission (EC), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formerly NZ Aid), and other donors.

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Originally from North Carolina, Zachary Kaplan never planned to become a development professional. Instead, he wanted to be a veterinarian. However, after creating an international development outreach program as a graduate student, Zach decided to pursue a career in development instead.

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Matthew Roberts is Monitoring and Evaluation Manager on DAI’s Land Investment for Transformation programme (LIFT), a six-year project to improve the incomes of the rural poor in Ethiopia.

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Kongkona Sarma is an experienced economic development specialist who started her career in the capital markets, gaining skills in financial valuation, corporate restructuring, and quantitative research.

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Our Projects


East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

Growth in the five East African Community Partner States—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—has been robust but uneven, with millions of people left behind in poverty. Women, youth, smallholder farmers, and the poor are not fully represented in policy making or implementation nor integrated into the wider economic community.

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Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP)

Jordan faces an immediate challenge: to create high-quality jobs through increased private sector competitiveness. To do this, the country must look outward for opportunity—through exports and foreign direct investment—while meeting diverse internal needs related to resource scarcity, geographic inequality, and high unemployment among youth and women.

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Mozambique—Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED, SPEED+)

Mozambique has been engaged in economic policy reform since its first democratic elections in 1994. With a pressing need to reform the country’s business policies and strengthen private sector participation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiated the Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED), a five-year, $19.4 million project implemented by DAI.

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Somalia—Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia

The Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) programme takes a market development approach, using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology to stimulate inclusive economic growth. PIMS works through the private sector to support the functioning of markets in key sectors by addressing weaknesses in small-scale productive infrastructure, a chronic lack of market information, and limited access to finance.

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Burma—DaNa Facility

Notwithstanding growth of more than 8 percent in gross domestic product from 2014 to 2015, as well as increased foreign investment, Burma remains one of the poorest countries in Asia.

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Jordan Workforce Development (WFD) Project

In 2014, the Government of Jordan responded to the King’s call for a 10-year economic blueprint for meeting a set of challenging objectives. Key among the objectives was “to enhance policies related to human resources, link education policies to labor market demands, focus on building a labor force through vocational training, especially youth, so that they gradually replace guest labor, and encourage women to join the labor market.”

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Nigeria—Market Development Programme (MADE)

This 4½-year design and implement project in the Niger Delta is applying a market development approach (M4P) to improve market access, increase economic activity, and raise the incomes of 150,000 poor people, half of whom will be women.

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Worldwide—Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF)

The U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) leads a growing number of business environment reform programmes around the world to help small firms start, grow, and create jobs in their communities.

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Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (SATIH)

When the U.S. Congress and the White House celebrated the reauthorization of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) it reconfirmed the United States’ commitment to helping Africa become the world’s next major economic success story. Despite major gains in trade and market expansion, countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still face significant obstacles to sustained economic growth.

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Worldwide—Trade, Private Sector Development and Engagement, and Regional Integration Facility (TSPD)

To maximize the development impact of its trading partnerships, the European Commission established the Trade, Private Sector Development and Engagement, and Regional Integration (TPSD) Facility to help shape and implement new policies related to Aid for Trade and regional integration programmes.

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