Practical guides and tools

In order to help enhance the effectiveness of donors and development practitioners on the ground, LASER has produced a range of practical guidance and tools. These are primarily intended for the international development community engaged in designing and implementing investment climate programmes, though can also be used more widely by other stakeholders across sectors.

General guidance and tools:

Politically smart approaches to donor investment climate programming (and annexes) Revised February 2016. This guidance note sets out practical advice on how to adopt a politically smart approach to programming. The annexes include a traffic light matrix for initial high level analysis; a problem diary template with examples; and an example of a flexible theory of change for adaptive, large scale programming

Monday morning in Kigali January 2016 – what do you do when you get off the plane? Practical guidance for PDIA practitioners

Changing the rules of the game: guidance on donor investment climate reform interventions in fragile and conflict affected situations March 2017. This guidance notes summarises lessons from the research paper with the same name on investment climate reform in fragile and conflict affected states.

Commercial Law and Justice as an investable product: Guidance for developing country partners on developing and using cost benefit analysis (CBA) March 2017. This guidance note accompanies the research paper of the same name, and offers practical guidance for developing country policymakers and practitioners on how they can draw on CBA as a tool to help assess the investability of commercial law and justice reforms and develop a business case for investment.

Guidance for legal pro bono assistance:

Making the most of international pro bono assistance November 2015.  A handbook for legal pro bono providers and their developing country clients on how to make the most of legal pro bono assistance.

M&E for the pro bono community March 2015. This guidance note illustrates why M&E is important for those organisations delivering pro bono legal assistance, and includes tools to improve the impact of their work.

Learning lessons from LASER’s use of pro bono legal expertise: how legal pro bono assistance can add value to development programming May 2016. This guidance note highlights lessons learnt about effective use of legal pro bono assistance by LASER and how this assistance can be woven into development programming to enhance the impact of both the programming and the pro bono assistance provided.