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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Strengthening the Capacity of the Cambodian Parliament in Economic Policy-Making
Workshop series to strengthen the parliament’s engagement in domestic economy policy-making.
Strengthening the Private sector in Rural Cambodia: Association Building and Policy Advocacy
Support provincial multi-sector business associations and help them to build a collective
position on issues affecting rural micro, small, and medium enterprises.
The Nielsen Company Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Data collection for the 2007 Economic Governance Index, a measure of the business
environment in municipalities and urban areas of Sri Lanka.
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Continued development of the Third Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), which
measures provincial performance in economic governance; Conduct provincial diagnostics to
analyze the strengths and weaknesses of provinces in order to improve PCI rankings.
Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative (VNCI)
Supported the development of the Vietnamese prviate sector to accelerate the country's transition to a market-based economy. The Foundation provided technical and managerial leadership for the Provincial Policy Reform Portfolio, under which the pioneering Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) was implemented.