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Reforming Business Environments Amid Conflict and Fragility

Executive Summary: Often, it is the countries that need private investment and economic growth the most that are also the most difficult to invest and do business in. Not only do businesses in these countries struggle to access markets and obtain the inputs they need to compete, but their governments are also challenged in their efforts to manage the business environment and economy. As a result, unemployment and poverty remain excessively high in these countries, contributing to further fragility and conflict.

This report looks at the challenges for business environment reform within fragile and conflict-affected situations. It examines the ways governments and business representative organisations can come together to support changes that improve the conditions for business development and economic growth.  Furthermore, it makes suggestions how the ICR Facility can provide concrete support.