This report was commissioned by the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) Economic Development Team in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) through the Business Environment Reform Facility (BERF), which is financed and managed by DFID’s Investment Climate Team in London and operated by a consortium led by KPMG. The objectives of this OPT diagnostic review are to:
Identify the main business environment constraints to job creation and entrepreneurship, and also constraints to business ownership and self-employment, with particular - but not sole - emphasis on the barriers to participation in the labour market for women and youth.
Investigate stakeholder dialogue platforms to: (i) assess how effectively the voices of women and youth are captured within existing public-private dialogue and (ii) identify ways in which they can be enhanced in order to mainstream their empowerment.
Investigate how DFID OPTs can most effectively channel funding towards assisting business environment reform, in particular to improve employment prospects for women and youth.
This research is part of the Business Environment for Economic Development programme.
Baidoun S, Kingsmill W, McKeon C, Wijeyesekera D, (2016) Business Environment Diagnostic Review and Stakeholder Engagement Report, Business Environment Reform Facility