ENABLE2 aims to create a sustainable, systemic change in the business environment. ENABLE2 works to leave behind a stronger Business Environment Reform (BER) system that will, of itself, generate pro-poor reform long after the end of the programme.
ENABLE2 has four main components:
- Strengthening private sector demand for reform by supporting Advocacy Organisations to engage in effective advocacy on behalf of the private sector;
- Increasing the quality and quantity of reform by building the ability and willingness of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage in dialogue with the private sector;
- Strengthening the role of the Nigerian media as a driver and supporter of business environment reform, a channel for information and a platform for debate and discussion;
- Improving access to, and supply of, legal, policy and regulatory information and research to support and inform dialogue.
The ENABLE2 approach is built on the following core principles:
Promoting systemic change – delivering lasting, widespread, transformational change in the BER System. This is achieved by delivering change that is both sustainable and broad-based, thus ensuring the scale of the change.
Delivering pro-poor impact – making the BER System work better for poor people in particular, so that poor micro-entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers can enjoy a better business environment and higher incomes.
Benefiting both women and men – by considering gender equality and social inclusion when analysing the BER System and diagnosing constraints to reform. Also, by ensuring that all interventions specify how they will contribute to gender equality and social inclusion, or as a minimum ‘do no harm’.
Acting as a facilitator – catalysing changes in the performance of system actors (rather than displacing system actors), through an adaptive, flexible and socially entrepreneurial approach. Acting as a facilitator means strengthening the capacity, incentives and relationships of local actors in the system, not supplanting local actors. The approach emphasises local ownership and working at an appropriate level of intensity, being careful not to overload partners and crowd out local ownership and relationships.
ENABLE2 has four components carrying out interventions with partners who have key roles to play in bringing about sustainable business environment reform.
Advocacy Organisations (AOs)
ENABLE2 is working with Advocacy Organisations (AOs), such as business membership organisations, community and faith-based groups and civil society organisations, to strengthen their role in public-private dialogue andadvocating for an improved business environment. AOs in Nigeria face a number of constraints to upgrading their advocacy efforts. This weakens the relationship between the AOs and their members and reduces their credibility with Government. ENABLE2 works to address three market constraints to the enhanced operations of AOs. These are:
i) Skills and research for dialogue;
ii) Finance; and
The Government component works with MDAs, primarily at the Federal and State levels, to address market constraints that limit their ability to engage in dialogue on business environment reform. ENABLE2 focuses on addressing:
i) Perceptions and attitudes to consultation;
ii) Capacities for consultation; and
iii) The practice of consultation.
Research & Information (RI)
ENABLE2 facilitates and supports better use of evidence in advocacy and dialogue through the programme’s research & information component. A major constraint to business environment reform is the limited supply and use of research to support advocacy initiatives or policy-making. ENABLE2 works with information producers and consumers at the Federal and State levels to enhance:
i) The awareness of the use of evidence in advocacy and policy-making;
ii) Skills to conduct and use research; and
iii) Funding for research.
The media can play a key role in generating dialogue and promoting advocacy in support of an improved business environment. ENABLE2’s media component is addressing the following systemic issues in the media sector:
i) Media marketing;
ii) Perceptions on the viability of business content;
iii) Incentives for in-depth reporting; and
iv) Journalism skills.