|Government policies and donor strategies now reflect the belief that private sector development (ie enterprise development) promotes efficient economic growth and development and is a source of wealth, dynamism, competitiveness and knowledge. This page provides a guide to the best sites on business policy and strategy as well as strategic and international studies.|
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IDB's policy on Private Sector Development|
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) promotes development through the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. They invest in projects that will improve the business and investment environment and they also provide funding and technical assistance for companies whose projects will have a positive impact on the social and economic development of the region. Excellent site. Do not miss the Private Sector Development Strategy. It is interesting to note that IDB which had always been a very strong promoter of Microentreprises and therefore used mostly the acronym MSMEs in their strategy documents has now reverted to Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs only.
Center for International Private Enterprise
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) was established in 1983 as an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Its mission is to promote private enterprise and market-oriented economic reform around the globe by matching funds with a variety of local institutions in emerging democracies, including think tanks, business associations, educational institutions, and media training programs -- the building blocks of democratic society.
Centre for European Policy Studies
The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today, with the objective of carrying out state-of-the-art policy research leading to solutions to the challenges facing Europe. Although not directly focused on SME development its areas of research such as Economic Policy, Financial Markets and Institutions, Regulatory Affairs, Trade Development and Policy are of particular relevance and interest. Excellent and very rich site wich provides access to a large number of special reports, working papers and newsletters.
UNIDO's Industrial Policy and Private Sector Development
UNIDO's specific focus in the field of poverty reduction through enhancing the development contribution of the private sector consists in supporting the formulation of industrial policies that improve the general business environment for private sector development, as well as in building up local productive capacities in a private sector-led process. Excellent site. Do not miss (in the section Business Environment & Policy Support Unit ) the document «Effective Policies for Small Business : a guide for the policy review process and strategic plans for micro small and medium entreprise development».
The Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit US research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. In addition to a rich publications catalog (entire book chapters can be previewed) and a hot issues section, the site also includes very interesting policy briefs. An excellent and very rich site. Do not miss the section on «Real Time Economic Issues».
OECD SME and Entrepreneurship
The OECD Working Party on SME and Entrepreneurship provides the analytical work and information, including evaluation of policies and best practices, to develop policies that foster entrepreneurship, help their SMEs to innovate and meet the challenge of globalisation, facilitate sustainable growth, competitiveness, skilled jobs creation and employment. Very good site. Do not miss the Bologna Charter on SME Policies and the 2009 report «The Impact of the Global Crisis on SME and Entrepreneurship Financing and Policy Responses».
CIDA's Policy for Private Sector Development
The objective of the Canadian International Development Agency's private sector development (PSD) policy is to create more, better, and decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods by helping markets to function well and by stimulating the growth of the local private sector in developing countries and countries in transition.
WWW International Affairs Resources
The International Affairs Network of Elizabethtown College maintains a comprehensive collection of annotated links to International Affairs resources on the Internet, organized by source and topic. The IAN Resource Pages are part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library. Of particular interest are the sections on international economy, international trade and international law.
The directory, updated every three years by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) in Japan, identifies the institutions and people who influence public policy worldwide, and provides researchers, scholars, and policymakers a glimpse of the activities of 268 influential think tanks in 68 countries. A very good directory which unfortunately does not provide, with the exception of a few sites, information on the web addresses of the institutions which have already established a presence on the Internet.
ILO's Job Creation and Enterprise Development
The ILO's Sustainable Enterprise Development Programme focuses on how to promote enterprise development in a manner that aligns enterprise growth with sustainable development objectives and the creation of productive employment and decent work. Very good and interesting site. Do not miss the policy document on the promotion of sustainable enterprises.
EUROPEAID Private Sector Development
The European Community considers the private sector as a leading actor in development, and thus as a major partner in its development cooperation.They have been very active in assisting developing countries in their economic reforms and helping beneficiary governments to structure policies in support of private sector development, with a particular focus on SMEs. Interesting site but limited in scope.
The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of leadership through informed dialogue.Of particular interest are the Aspen Institute's Policy Programs, for instance the Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) which is a research and education program whose goal is to produce information and encourage dialogue on innovative community-based strategies for employment and income generation in disadvantaged communities, or the Rural Economic Policy Program (REPP) which organizes and supports focused learning and vigorous dialogue among rural economic development practitioners and policymakers.
Development Group for Alternative Policies
Since 1977, The Development Group for Alternative Policies (The Development GAP) has worked to ensure that the knowledge, priorities and efforts of the women and men of the South inform decisions made in the North about their economies and the environments in which they live. Interesting documents on free trade and structural adjustment.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization which conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. Interesting set of topics and programs such as Economic Development and Reconstruction, Global Trends and Forecasting, Trade and Economics, and a very much US driven agenda.
Sun Tzu and the Art of Business
Sun Tzu's "Art of War" is not only the most ancient military strategic treatise of all times but is also now translated into key principles for establishing business strategies. This "semi commercial" web site aims to be a "launch pad" for people involved in business strategy, competitive analysis, and market research. Interesting approach which I hope will induce you into reading "The Art of War" which is both fascinating and essential in understanding "Asian" thinking.
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