Firm-level Case Studies

The Regional Business Barriers project includes a series of firm-level case studies on the identified constraints, to provide tangible, clear examples of what individual businesses have experienced.

Overview of the Project


Multiple barriers to doing business in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region have previously been identified in numerous surveys and indices. However, little has been done to date to address these barriers. This is mainly due to a lack of understanding as to how practical solutions could be found to overcome these constraints.

SADC PPP Case Studies

A set of case studies within the overall project, examining private sector experiences of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), has been developed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with support from GIZ.

Top 10 business constraints identified in the SADC region

As a region, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) performs poorly in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings for 2012, attaining an average rank of 114th – down one percentage point from the 2011 figures. Of the 15 SADC countries, Mauritius earned top honours, coming in at 23th, while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the worst performer, ranking 178th.