Levelling the playing field: The role of government in enabling pro-poor businesses to thrive

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The business enabling environment (BEE) determines how the private sector operates, in  both the developing and the developed world. This paper provides an overview of the BEE – what it is and why it matters – with the aim of developing a shared understanding across Christian Aid. Understanding and influencing the context in which we work can strengthen our ability to affect change beyond immediate project beneficiaries at the community level and help create sustainable, long-term impact.