Rapid Evidence Review

Business Environment Regulatory Reforms and Women’s Economic Empowerment

13th May 2024
Author: Evert-jan Quak

This K4DD Rapid Evidence Review synthesises the literature from academic sources, knowledge institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and trusted independent media outlets on the evidence how business environment and product safety regulatory reforms can contribute directly and indirectly to women’s economic empowerment and micro- small- and medium sized enterprises business performance.

The rapid review concludes that business environment and product safety regulatory reform interventions with a narrow look at the design and implementation of a specific law, regulation, or policy, might not generate the most impact.

Importantly, robust evidence on what works is far from abundant, except for property registration regulations for women.

Suggested Citation

Quak, E. (2024). Business environment regulatory reforms and women’s economic empowerment. K4DD Rapid Evidence Review 11. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4DD.2024.004


13th May 2024


Continent: Global