The Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP) in Zimbabwe has been funded by the UK Department for International Development from 2014 to 2018 to promote pro-growth reforms and make the country more business friendly.

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.

On 24 January 2018, a seminar at Meikles Hotel in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare marked the end of the Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP).

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UK Department for International Development (DFID)

contact person

Lucy Nickoll

Associate Director, Frameworks
last updated

May 7, 2019