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Cross-Cutting Issues

Cross Cutting Issues

Investment Climate Advisory Services supports client governments in cross-cutting areas such as competition policy, public-private dialogue, gender, climate change, and implementation of ICT solutions.  We also focus our investment climate reform work in fragile and conflict-affected states. Interventions in these cross-cutting areas are mainstreamed within programs and projects to support and identify reform priorities.


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    Public-Private Dialogue Handbook    

    In recent years there has been growing interest in the potential for dialogue between the public and private sectors to promote the right conditions for private sector development and poverty reduction. There is an emerging body of case studies and synthesis research papers on techniques for promoting successful dialogue, including major studies by the World Bank, DFID, and OECD Development Centre. Practitioners have asked this knowledge to be collated and presented in an accessible and comprehensible way. That is the purpose of this handbook.

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    Competition Policy and Promotion of Investment, Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in Least Developed Countries (October 2007)

    Competition between firms for customers can enhance both economic efficiency and consumer welfare. Yet the process of competition is not automatic. Even when economic reforms are put in place to ensure a pro-competitive business environment, the benefits of a strong market economy and the interests of consumers can be thwarted by anti-competitive business practices.

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    Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform (2010)    

    A guide by IFC and the World Bank will help policymakers and development practitioners design and implement reforms to increase women's private sector participation in developing countries. The first guide of its kind, Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform, looks at policy, legal, and regulatory reforms through a gender lens. It presents economic arguments and for countries to promote women in business, and innovative solutions and action tools for reform. The guide focuses on reforming key areas such as starting a business, dispute resolution, and participation in public policy making.

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    A Rough Guide to Investment Climate Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries    

    This guide is designed to help project teams engaged in investment climate reform in conflict-affected countries more effectively design, plan, implement, and evaluate reform projects. In this guide investment climate refers to government laws, policies, regulations, and procedures that improve institutional governance, bureaucratic efficiency, and industry competitiveness.