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  1. Stimulating Microenterprise Growth: Results from a Loans, Grants and Training Experiment in Uganda

    01 August 2014

    The results of a randomized experiment with microenterprise owners in Uganda designed to explore constraints to capital, skills and self-control. Business are presented. Business owners were randomly selected to receive loans, cash grants, business skills training, or a combination of these programs. Men with access to loans and training report significantly higher profits. The loan-only intervention had some initial impact, but this does not last. There are no impacts from the grant intervention, and no effects for women from any of the interventions. The results suggest that male-owned microenterprises can grow through finance when paired with training.

  2. Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations Capacity Building Guide

    30 June 2014

    The Women Entrepreneurs’ Association Capacity Building Guide (WEA Capacity Building Guide) is a training package designed to assist Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations in improving and sustaining their associations. The emphasis is on building the capacity of the associations, and on strengthening their ability to serve and advocate for their members.

  3. Improve Your Exhibiting Skills: A Training Guide (IYES)

    30 June 2014

    Improve Your Exhibiting Skills (IYES) is a training package for facilitators to enhance women's capacity to access and participate in trade fairs, in part through the organization of women-only trade fairs, as well as through their participation in regular shows and events.

  4. FAMOS Check Guide and Methods

    30 June 2014

    The FAMOS Guide was developed to help business support agencies, financial institutions and government departments obtain a fresh look – and a systematic assessment – of the extent to which they target and serve women entrepreneurs, their needs and their potentialities.

  5. Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET Ahead)

    24 June 2014

    GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise is a training package and resource kit for low-income women and men engaged in or wishing to start a small-scale business. It differs from conventional business training materials as it highlights entrepreneurial skills from a gender perspective, whether applied to starting or improving an individual, family or group business.

  6. Enterprise Formalization: Fact or Fiction? – New ILO/GIZ Study on what works to formalize enterprises

    02 June 2014

    Informality of enterprises seems to be a rational behaviour that can best be overcome by reducing the cost of formalization and by offering clear benefits like an extended coverage of social protection. This is one of the key findings of a new joint study of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) trying to summarize what works and what doesn’t work in formalizing the large informal enterprise sector in developing and emerging countries.

  7. Main findings: Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises in Cambodia

    28 March 2014

    Key findings extracted from the main report "Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises in Cambodia"

  8. Report on Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises in Cambodia

    28 March 2014

    This new report outlines policy framework for higher growth and more and better jobs.


  1. The enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Zambia

    07 June 2013

    Employment Sector - Employment Report No. 22

  2. South Africa SME Observatory: The state of youth entrepreneurship in the Free State

    21 May 2013

    A baseline study of entrepreneurial intentions and activity amongst young men and women

  3. External Reading List

    07 May 2013

    Background Research Links

  4. "Is Small Still Beautiful?"

    16 April 2013

    Literature Review of Recent Empirical Evidence on the Contribution of SMEs to Employment Creation

  5. The enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Malawi

    01 April 2013

    Employment Sector - Employment Report No. 20


  1. Improving Working Conditions through Value Chain Development

    01 June 2012

    ILO Value Chain Development Briefing paper 3

  2. The role of Cooperatives and Business Associations in Value Chain Development

    01 June 2012

    ILO Value Chain Development Briefing paper 2

  3. Combining Value Chain Development and Local Economic Development

    01 June 2012

    ILO Value Chain Development Briefing paper 1

  4. Start and Improve Your Business - Global Tracer Study 2011

    15 April 2012

    This study traces the outreach of the "Start and Improve Your Business" (SIYB) programme and some other key achievements, including estimates of its impact. The report has been prepared for practitioners in enterprise development who want to use SIYB, as well as any other organization or individual engaged in entrepreneurship and management training.

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