The aim of this DFID project was to improve the business environment in Zimbabwe by providing the private sector with
1) increased access to finance by engaging in financial infrastructure support
2) capacity development for micro and small enterprises using a value chain approach
3) improved regulation of the PPP sector by supporting public-private-partnerships and
4) a more vibrant public private dialogue process.
In 2014, when the UK Department for International Development (DFID) started funding BEEP, Zimbabwe ranked 170th out of 189 countries on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index. In 2017, Zimbabwe climbed nine positions in the ranking. This is a clear sign that the environment has improved.
Lucy Nickoll, Project Manager from implementing consultancy IMC Worldwide, said:
IMC Worldwide has been proud to support the BEEP team through the ‘bridging phase’ of the programme during 2017, and we have been impressed by their achievements. Their work has culminated in policy reforms that will sustainably improve economic growth in Zimbabwe.
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Associate Director, FrameworksLucy.Nickoll@imcworldwide.com
May 7, 2019