On improving the investment climate, ECOPA has worked with international organizations to improve the formalization of small businesses, access to credit and, more generally, Doing Business indicators.


An impact evaluation of IFC investment climate program in Mali

ECOPA has been selected by IFC to evaluate its assistance program for investment climate reforms in Mali. This evaluation includes an analysis of the impact of the war (2012-2014) on the economy, using the Synthetic Control Method.

Impact evaluation of SECO program in Africa, for IFC

ECOPA implements an impact assessment of the SECO (Swiss cooperation) investment climate program in Africa, for IFC. For IFC (2018).

An Impact Assessment of OHADA Reforms

In association with Economisti Associati, ECOPA led an impact assessment of OHADA investment climate reforms. This includes the use of the Synthetic Control Method for isolating the impact of the program on key impact indicators such as job creation, investment and business registration. The final report is available here. For IFC / World Bank (2017).

Guidelines for preparation of costs and benefits assessments of investment projects in Morocco

ECOPA carried out a review of the investment climate with a focus on business registration and investment incentives. This included the preparation of a manual for costs and benefits assessments of investment projects submitted to the National Investment Commission. Activities included: A cost/benefit analysis of the portfolio of approved investment projects, where costs were the […]

Promoting a favorable fiscal environment for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Senegal

In two successive missions, ECOPA was commissioned by the ILO in Senegal to review the investment climate of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) on (i) business taxation and (ii) business registration (including management of the Registre du Commerce et du Crédit Mobilier). Recommendations were produced on tax regime simplification for SMEs and RCCM improvements. For the […]

SME development in Haiti

ECOPA assisted the ILO in designing an assistance program for SME development in Haiti. This project covered the analysis of the institutional and regulatory framework in the specific context of the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Special attention was paid to employment and revenue generation in micro enterprises, particularly in the construction sector — […]

Cost-benefit analysis of investment incentives in Tunisia

ECOPA carried out the preparation and analysis of an exhaustive micro database on tax and financial investment incentives and related employment & investment over the last 10 years. Macro-level data on impact indicators (employment and investments) was mapped with micro-level data from a survey data from 139 Tunisian SMEs to provide a cost-benefit analysis for […]

National Strategy for the Development of the Industrial Sector

ECOPA led this 7-person World Bank-funded assignment on the development of an Industrial Strategy for Cape Verde. The analysis covered: (i) human capital and technological attainment; (ii) subsectoral competitive advantages in agro-industry, textile and clothing, leather and building materials and potential for inclusion into global value chains and attraction of foreign investment in those sectors; […]