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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.

Displaying 14 Projects

Projects : Economic Governance Index

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Asian Perspectives - The Economic Governance Index (EGI) and the Enterprise- Readiness of Local Governance in Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Bruce Tolentino, The Asia Foundation's Director, Economic Reform and Development; Dr. Veronique Salze-Lozac'h, The Asia Foundation's Regional Economic Director in Cambodia; Dr. Eddy Malesky, Harvard Academy Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and Dr. Neil McCulloch, The Asia Foundation's Director for Economic Programs in Indonesia. The panel discussed the Economic Governance Index, a tool pioneered and designed by the Foundation and used by local governments to determine how best to encourage private sector development in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

2009

Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (IFC-BICF)

A two-year pilot program launched in 2008 to address challenges of economic governance in the four districts of Bogra, Rajshahi, Barisal, and Sylhet. The program focuses on improving communication between national and district level public and private sector players, as well as enhancing the participation by both sectors in formulation and implementation of the national policy reform agenda. The pilot program involves three main components: 1) Collecting, organizing and disseminating information on the current business climate of targeted districts using tools such as Economic Governance Index (EGI); 2) Promoting active dialogue between public and private sector actors through District Public Private Dialgoues; and 3) Supporting both sectors in carrying out actions for policy reform.

2007

Additional Programs

KATALYST local economic governance program to strengthen the private sector in rural Bangladesh by enhancing the capacity of business associations (samities) to represent member interests and to more effectively engage with public agencies and officials.

2007

Bandung Trust Advisory Group (Btrust)

Assistance to the Ministry of Home Affairs in drafting the Ministerial Decree on One Stop Shops (OSS) and drafting OSS guidelines for local governments. Technical assistance at the national level has provided guidelines that all districts and cities can use, enhancing the replication of OSS in districts and cities that have not received technical assistance from donor organizations. Completion of a study on government procurement processes. This study provides insights into the role of corruption in procurement and how this problem is currently being tackled by local governments in Indonesia, while also examining the role the Foundation can play in procurement reform.

2007

Cambodia Institute for Development Studies

Support for “Strengthening the capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in
Advocacy,” an analysis of the demand for business environment information and development of information boards.

2007

Cambodian Senate

Dissemination of the results of the Provincial Business Environment Scorecard to policy
makers; Series of four workshops to be held in 2008 on "The Role of the Cambodian Parliament in Economic Reforms for an Improved Business Environment."

2007

Center for Economic and Social Studies (CESS)

Development of a baseline survey for the One Stop Shop (OSS) program; Methodology for
mapping local business regulations for the OSS and Regulatory Impact Assessment programs. The baseline data allows the Foundation to measure progress and outputs resulting from technical assistance in various sites in Indonesia.

2007

International Finance Corporation - Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund

Two year pilot program to address the key challenges of weak economic governance. Activities include a Bangladesh EGI, public-private dialogues, and follow-on actions.

2007

Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD)

Development of a new investment climate survey methodology, with assistance from AC Nielsen, focusing on economic governance; Implementation of this survey in half of all districts in Indonesia.  The 2007 survey will poll 12,000 businesses in 243 cities and regencies, making it one of the largest in the world. The aim of the survey is to promote competition among local governments to create a more favorable investment climate, eradicate corruption and improve public services.

2007

Strengthening the Capacity of the Cambodian Parliament in Economic Policy-Making

Workshop series to strengthen the parliament’s engagement in domestic economy policy-making.

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