In September 2002, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the “Seldon Project” for Global Trade Law Assessment and Assistance to develop and apply an assessment tool that identifies inefficiencies in the commercial laws and institutions of developing countries. By identifying key gaps between the law and implementation, the assessment tool assists governments, donor organizations, and private sector and civil society stakeholders in designing and targeting legislative, organization improvement, and capacity-building projects to maximize the effectiveness of commercial reform efforts. In September 2006, as a continuation of the Seldon Project, USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, Office of Economic Growth commissioned support to promote improved business climates, sustained economic growth, and transformational development through reform of commercial laws, regulations, and institutional capacity-building in target countries. The vehicle for this work is the BizCLIR Project. Booz Allen supported the Seldon Project and with USAID created the methodology that BizCLIR used. The program continues to expand, offering a broad array of technical assistance services and knowledge products in addition to the diagnostic tools. Due to requests from USAID Missions and countries to address the concerns raised in the Doing Business Reports, the BizCLIR Project decided to reorganize the assessment using the topics of the Doing Business Report in order to reinforce the link between the two efforts and to enhance clarity.
The overall mission of BGI is to provide a Center of Excellence to promote best practices in enterprise development. We seek to identify and promote approaches and interventions that create the best opportunities for business growth and economic development. Dozens of factors dynamically interact to stimulate or restrict business expansion. Opportunities to intervene are many; yet finding the best intervention for a given environment is a complex and uncertain task. BGI seeks to reduce the uncertainty of implementing policies and activities by businesses, governments, donors and others.
Country Analytic Support
USAID/EGAT’s Fiscal Reform and Economic Governance Project is designed to provide technical leadership and support to USAID field missions in addressing (1) Tax policy and revenue administration; (2) Budgeting and expenditure control; (3) Decentralization and inter-governmental finance; (4) Fiscal oversight and audit; (5) Public procurement; (6) Civil service reform; and (7) Other issues related to government financial systems, e-government, and economic governance.
The Women's Leadership Training in Economics Program - also known as WLTIE - is a program designed to strengthen the macroeconomic policy capacity of developing countries by educating promising women leaders. WLTIE scholars travel to the United States to expand their technical skills and personal leadership abilities through Masters-level coursework, internships, conferences, and networking. Upon receiving a degree, each scholar must return to her home country where she is expected to pursue a career in economic policy-making and public service through the government or a non-governmental organization. Under WLTIE, 19 scholars from seven countries are pursuing Masters degrees in economics and development at universities throughout the United States.
- About E3/EG
- Technical Areas
- Commercial Law and Enabling Environment
- Cross Cutting
- Enterprise Development
- Financial Sector
- Asset-Based Finance
- Banking and Financial Infrastructure
- Branchless Banking
- Business Enabling Environment
- Capital Markets
- Credit Bureaus
- Developing Corporate Bond Markets
- Health Sector Financing
- Mobile Money
- Non Banks
- Rapid Financial Soundness Assessment
- Rural and Agriculture Finance
- SME Finance
- Secured Financing
- Sub-Sovereign Finance
- Value Chain Finance
- Project Analysis and Diagnostic Tools
- Ongoing Programs
- Archived Programs
- Resource Library