Unless a country’s legal basis and regulatory framework is adequate, policy reforms are unlikely to be successful. The process of enshrining reforms in legislation and regulation may be complex, but it is both necessary and beneficial.
Even in countries where consultation and debate is limited, the process of documenting reforms can strengthen the chances of policies being implemented on the ground. It also reduces the risk of policies being easily undone when there are changes in the political climate or reshuffles of senior officials.
For over 30 years we have been advising governments on ways of strengthening laws and regulations in support of policy reform. Through close relations with senior policy makers we have nurtured the processes by which reform ideas become reality. This has entailed:
- being involved in the formation of initial ideas and facilitating consultations to explain and refine proposals.
- assisting with the drafting of regulations to ensure clarity and practicability and reduce ambiguity.
- ongoing support and monitoring to assess the extent to which reforms are being implemented and the impact they are having.