Doing Business resources

Kocho Wato

Kocho Wato, a Beekeeper in Ethiopia

Doing Business is a World Bank project which has been instrumental in raising the profile of the importance of investment climate reforms. CAFOD, in coalition with a global network of NGOs, has been calling for a reform of Doing Business so that it better supports the needs of poor, small-scale entrepreneurs and ceases to promote harmful reforms in some critical areas such as taxation, labour regulations and property rights.

Read our resources and letters on this project here:

Resources

  • Download fileCAFOD statement on reforming the World Bank’s Doing Business project (pdf , 1mb)

    The World Bank’s Doing Business project must be fit for the purpose of fighting poverty and stop undermining progressive tax and labour laws if the World Bank is to continue to use it to guide governments.

  • Download fileLetter: the World Bank must rethink its "Doing Business" advice (pdf , 776kb)

    In a letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, CAFOD calls on the World Bank to make sure its review of the Doing Business project takes account of perspectives of poor small business owners. This research, commissioned by Traidcraft Exchange, examines UK and EU spending on "aid for trade" . The study was supported by CAFOD as part of their Thinking Small work, which promotes support for poor producers and small businesses as a sustainable route out of poverty.

  • Download fileDoing Business panel highlights (pdf , 120kb)

    In a high-level panel, to coincide with the World Bank meetings, CAFOD brought together representatives from the Chinese government, international trade union movement, Zambian civil society and the World Bank to debate reforms to the Bank’s influential Doing Business project.

  • Download fileDoing Business review briefing (pdf , 139kb)

    The World Bank has agreed to a review of its controversial publication. This CAFOD briefing explains why a review is necessary and what needs to be changed in order to take on board the priorities of poor small business owners.

  • Download fileDoing Business review letter (pdf , 359kb)

    The World Bank has agreed to a review of its controversial publication. CAFOD calls on new World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim to make sure this review takes on board the priorities of poor small business owners.

  • Download fileDoing Business Rankings Statement (pdf , 248kb)

    The Doing Business Rankings are a best-seller for the World Bank but they can undermine labour standards, tax justice and access to land in developing countries. They also do little to help poor small business owners.

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