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  1. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

    DRIVERS OF STRONG BUSINESS PERFORMANCE. An analysis of SMEs in selected emerging economies.

    01 December 2021

    This evidence based report identifies micro and macro factors for SME's sucess on eight emerging-market economies: Egypt, Vietnam, Turkey, Colombia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Belarus, and Peru.

  2. Publication

    Driving up Resilience. A Guide for Employer and Business Membership Organizations

    29 November 2021

    The guide aims to support EBMOs seeking to increase their resilience. For our audience, composed of EBMOs’ representatives, reading this work can be taken as an exercise to 1) understand crises’ resilience and identify their gaps towards this goal, 2) learn and be inspired from other EBMOs around the world, and 3) improve their own resilience capacities.

  3. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

    INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FACTORS FOR SME SUCCESS What EBMOs should know to promote more competitive enterprises.

    25 November 2021

    The Covid-19 crisis revealed that many SMEs were not prepared to deal with such a crisis. The key to resilience will be to understand the main internal characteristics of successful SMEs and also to look at the external success factors associated with the global business environment in order to design and implement public policy aimed at promoting the creation of business development services or public policies in favour of SME development. With this research, the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities aims to contribute to this reflection.

  4. 25 November - 11 December

    109th Session of the International Labour Conference


    PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYMENT IN MEXICO. Building forward better from the Pandemic and creating inclusive growth

    17 November 2021

    This evidence-based study seeks to identify key constraints to productivity growth, enterprise development, and sustainable employment hubs in an emerging-market economy, Mexico, stocked in a middle-income trap, facing regional and sectoral inequality, that has not yet managed to converge to high-income per capita levels despite a number of structural reforms over the last four decades.


    TRENDS IN PRODUCTIVITY AND STRUCTURAL CHANGES. A comparative analysis of four emerging-market economies.

    17 November 2021

    This study undertaken by the Bureau for Employers' Activities of the ILO (ACT/EMP) is part of a research project to analyse the barriers to productivity growth, diversification and structural change in four selected emerging market economies Vietnam, Colombia, Turkey, and South Africa. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the design of coherent and comprehensive strategies, with a human-centred approach, to foster productivity and structural change, will be of utmost importance to accelerate the economic and employment recovery in the post-pandemic environment to build forward better.

  7. Blog

    Confronting the pandemic with gender-equal business development for economic growth. By Viky Giulietti, Specialist in employers’ activities.

    02 November 2021

    The COVID-19 situation is different from previous socio-economic crises in its depth and breadth. However, as in previous crises, women and men are not feeling its consequences the same way

  8. Informal economy

    Angola: Study on the migration from the informal for formal economy

    20 October 2021

    This report produced by the Bureaux for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP) of the ILO with the Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIA) is seeking to contribute to design a strategy to enable the gradual transition from the informal to the formal economy in Angola

  9. Building effective employer and business membership organizations

    How to set up and run a business coalition for youth entrepreneurship: a practical handbook

    04 October 2021

    A business coalition for youth entrepreneurship is a group of businesses and like-minded groups that work together to promote and support youth who own or want to start their own enterprise. The business coalition can take many forms, and there is no one-size-fits-all model. This handbook has been developed as a practical guide for employers’ and business membership organizations or any organization or stakeholder aiming to promote, support and empower youth entrepreneurs. It provides step-by-step guidance with examples and best practices on how to establish a sustainable business coalition, including the business model, membership strategy, financial resources, advocacy, communication and marketing, services, inclusion of women entrepreneurs and measuring performance.

  10. ILO Talks

    Global Action for a Recovery that Benefits All

    In the third in the series of ILO Talks, Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and author of "What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract", will provide the lead insights on the global action needed for a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that benefits all.