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Why Doing Business indicators should not be included in the Post-2015 Framework

Tiago Stichelmans

17 Dec 2014 10:15:41

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) – a group of donors, multilateral institutions and foundations [1] – recently made the case for the inclusion of a Business Environment Indicator for the Post-MDG Framework. This indicator would be part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. Eurodad has several concerns about this proposal, most notably regarding the creation of a composite indicator based on the World Bank Doing Business report. We strongly believe that any indicator hoping to contribute to development should avoid a donor-driven cookie cutter approach.  In the proposal, the DECD suggests four options for indicators that could assess progress towards achieving a successful ...
In late April, the World Bank announced several methodological changes that will appear in the 2015 Doing Business Report (DBR). This report, which is due to be released in October, will include the first round of changes after the Independent Panel Review ...

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New research: African industry not helped by World Bank's Doing Business myth

Jesse Griffiths

05 Jun 2014 11:23:58

I’ve just read a really interesting paper from John Page, showing how in depth research – much conducted by the World Bank itself – busts the ‘myth’ that Doing Business style deregulation is needed for African industry to grow. Eurodad has long been a critic of the World Bank’s Doing Business report for adopting a misguided cookie cutter approach to development based on the idea that less regulation is always better. Last year’s independent panel - chaired by former South African finance minister Trevor Manuel - agreed with many of our criticisms, calling for the rankings of countries in the report to be abandoned and suggesting it “include a “health warning” about its limitations at the beginning of the report”. Back to Page’s paper, which summarises the findings ...
IMF recognition that it has dramatically underestimated the impacts of austerity policies strengthened calls for reform of IMF conditionality, and the World Bank’s jobs report undermined its own Doing Business rankings, but the IMF/World Bank annual ...
Dr. Jim Yong KimPresidentWorld Bank1818 H St NWWashington, DC 20433United States 25 July 2012 Dear Dr Kim RE: Independent Review of the Doing Business Indicators We, the organizations undersigned, welcome your initiative to set up a panel to review ...