International Financial Corporation BEE Toolkits

The International Finance Corporation BEE Toolkits website provides links to over a dozen toolkits or guides for practitioners looking to diagnose and facilitate business environment reforms.

  • Sub-National Regulation: Simplification of Business Regulations at the Sub-National Level. This reform implementation toolkit for project teams places emphasis on sub-national regulation generally and municipal regulations specifically, since most interaction between "government" and "business" occurs at the local or regional level. National regulatory policies may influence or affect investment decisions, but post-investment operations are influenced by other levels of government having legal authority over such operational activities–principally those at the municipal level.
  • Public-Private Dialogue: The PPD Handbook: a Toolkit for Business Environment ReformersThis handbook provides practical guidelines for diagnosing, designing, implementing and evaluating public-private dialogue initiatives such as business forums or competitiveness partnerships. It is an output of a knowledge program jointly developed by the World Bank, DFID, IFC and OECD. The handbook provides a synthesis of issues and techniques to turn dialogue into reform results. It includes case studies as well as annexes for practitioners.
  • Communications for Business Environment Reforms. This toolkit provides detailed, "how-to" approaches for building effective and strategic communications campaigns to support policy advocacy and reform implementation. It also provides practitioners with a framework and tools to use communications strategically with the goal of building support and ownership, and diffusing opposition among the stakeholders most critical to the success of BEE reform.
  • Business Advocacy: Building the Capacity of Business Membership Organizations. In addition to government and public institutions and private service providers, business membership organizations (BMOs) are the most important actors influencing the business environment for small and medium-sized enterprises. This practical guide sets out steps for project managers to design, implement and assess projects geared to strengthening BMOs.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Manual: Implementing Commercial Mediation. This manual seeks to assist task managers in the World Bank Group to identify prerequisite institutional features and project design characteristics that will facilitate a more informed approach to the design and monitoring of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) products. The resource provides an overview of issues, practical applications and case studies, and evaluates the potential of ADR to achieve desired objectives.
  • Good Practices for Business Inspection: Guidelines for Reformers. This report identifies the key practices of effective inspections for the protection of human health and safety and the environment. Its purpose is to set out a series of benchmarks that can be used as guidelines by reformers, ranging from bad practices to good practices to ideal practices, along with suggestions for specific steps.
  • Business Licensing Reform Toolkit: A Toolkit for Development Practitioners. While there is no universal agreement on what constitutes "business licensing," a definition is proposed in this toolkit which discusses the importance and some principles of good business licensing, laying out steps in a project cycle for a business licensing reform program. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful reform are also presented, in addition to a number of practical tools for licensing project leaders.
  • Business Start-up: Reforming Business Registration Regulatory Procedures at the National Level.  Aimed at guiding users through the design and implementation of business registration reforms, this document highlights good practice using cases from many countries. The focus is on how to streamline the procedures with which an entrepreneur must comply in order to set up a generic business before any sector-specific licenses or certifications for activities with particular environment or health dimensions.
  • Reforming Regulatory Procedures for Import and ExportThis guide for practitioners was written from a non-technical perspective to assist World Bank Group staff, in particular IFC field officers and task managers, to implement trade facilitation and customs reform programs based on internationally recommended best practices.
  • Collateral Reform: Reforming Collateral Laws to Expand Access to Finance Aimed at better equipping project managers to implement reforms to the legal and institutional framework for collateral (secured transactions), this guide discusses the importance of moveable property as a source of collateral for firms, the relationship between the legal framework governing moveable assets and the financial sector consequences for firms, and how reforms can be introduced to change the lending environment.
  • SME Taxation: Tax Administrations and SMEs in Developing Countries. This resource provides information and tools to gauge the state of development of a country’s tax administration, serve as a primer on tax administration organizational structure and operations, and describe best practices for modern tax administrations. It also contains concrete examples of how a tax administration can facilitate the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises by eliminating administrative and other burdens faced by these enterprises in developing countries.