Recent Publications and Resources

Bangladesh

Creating Economic Opportunity For Small Businesses in Bangladesh

Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) is a £25m facility to create economic opportunities for small businesses by changing the behavior of market actors in the financial sector. We are improving the policy and regulatory environment for financial institutions, inducing private sector investment in expanding the frontiers of finance, and enhancing the creditworthiness of small businesses. Small businesses are among the main drivers of growth for countries worldwide. In Bangladesh, small businesses employ over half of the country’s workforce and contribute to a quarter of GDP. These 8 million small business, also known officially as either cottage, micro ...
2018 A year of change and growth for Nathan - Update from London

2018 A year of change and growth for Nathan – Update from London

The old Chinese adage of ‘may you live in interesting times’ certainly rang true for the UK international development consultancy sector in 2018. We had to deal with the potential and early consequences of Brexit on European Commission contract awards and the implications of meeting DFID’s new terms and conditions. But the term interesting can be used to describe two types of situations; the challenging as well as those filled with potential. For Nathan, its interesting year was primarily filled with events that offer the potential for change and growth. An upcoming change will be the promotion of Eamon Cassidy, ...
Advancing Employment in APEC for Persons with Disabilities

Advancing Employment in APEC For Persons with Disabilities

Increasing the access of people with disabilities to inclusive employment opportunities is a key component to advancing inclusive economic growth across all of APEC’s 21 member economies. By integrating persons with disabilities, who represent about one in every six – or 650 million people in total – in the region, into the workforce, economies enhance the economic well-being of a significant number of people and provide an outlet for their unique contributions toward regional economic growth and innovation.  This report aims to provide APEC with a regional baseline of the opportunities and challenges facing persons with disabilities in the region ...
APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit

APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Policy Toolkit

Women in the Asia-Pacific continue to face barriers in entering, remaining in, and advancing in the workforce. The multi-year APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) initiative aims to address health-related issues, which include workplace injuries, sexual harassment, lack of family-friendly policies, and more. In 2015, APEC welcomed the HWHE policy toolkit: a menu of options and actions that economies may pursue in part or as a whole to achieve HWHE objectives. The toolkit focuses on five areas – workplace health and safety, health access and awareness, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and work/life balance. An underlying APEC Healthy Women, ...
Women at Work: Legal and Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities to Women’s Wage-Employment in ASEAN Member States 

Women at Work: Legal and Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities to Women’s Wage-Employment in ASEAN Member States 

Women at Work: Legal and Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities to Women’s Wage-Employment in ASEAN Member States  Women across the ASEAN region are confronted by regulations and policies restricting their labor force participation. These policies impact their ability to earn an income and have decision-making power, as well as impacting the economy as a whole. This brief reviews the status of national laws and regulations that impede or promote women in entering and or remaining in formal employment. It examines how laws and regulations in ASEAN member states enable or limit women in entering, remaining, and advancing in the formal sector ...
Improvements in Maintenance and Reliability

Improvements in Maintenance and Reliability

Companies often view Maintenance and Reliability activities (M&R) as optional components of an operation. That short term view, cutting maintenance costs to save money, can have significant safety, legal, and financial ramifications in the long term. Rather, proper maintenance and reliability management—increasing equipment availability, increasing production levels and reducing parts and labor consumption—can actually reduce costs and increase revenue. Emerging performance-based business models are driving new and significant revenue streams via increasing equipment reliability. It’s all about predictability. This paper explores some innovative solutions to sustainably improve M&R performance. This is not complicated; however, it is very difficult to accelerate ...
Rate Design is the New Integrated Resource Planning, and Vice Versa

Rate Design is the New Integrated Resource Planning, and Vice Versa

Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) was developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s during what could be called the Soviet era of the power industry. Utilities and their regulators controlled virtually all resources within a jurisdiction. They could decide unilaterally which resources to add, modify or remove in that jurisdiction. It was an age of monopoly or at least hegemony, and thereby an age of central planning. Modern rate design was developed somewhat earlier – in the 1960’s – but also during the same Soviet era. Consumers had no alternatives to their local utility, and certainly, few if any decisions to make ...
Improvements in Turnaround Management

Improvements in Turnaround Management

The oil, gas, and petrochemicals sectors have a poor record at managing turnarounds. Consequently, turnarounds (TAR) have consistently hurt the bottom line due to escalating cost, lost revenue through facility shutdown, and introduced potential degradation to plant reliability. Poor turnaround performance is also a concern for significant personal and process safety, environmental and company reputational risks. There is a better way, accessible to all companies in this domain. To deliver excellence in the TAR arena, every organization needs to address the strategy, planning and execution of key components to sustainably and competitively deliver TAR results. Using our extensive knowledge, experience ...
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