We were asked by World Bank to assess the impact of current industrial policies on de-concentration of industry from the major conurbations on Java and development of other regions of Indonesia. We focused particularly on the role of industrial estates, export processing zones and similar policy instruments, and made recommendations to increase their impact on regional development.
SQW is working with Menon Business Economics to undertake a desk based review of barriers to SME formation and growth in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania – and on access to finance for firms in the formal economy.
SQW was commissioned to develop the detailed design for phase 2 of SEDF, which will run from 2008 to 2014. The design was developed based on experience to date with phase 1 (for which SQW undertook the mid term review in 2005), the expectations of donors (SEDF is funded by IFC, the European Commission, DfID and several other bi-lateral donors) and changing constraints and opportunities in the region (including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and North East India).