Value Chain Development for Decent Work : A guide for development practitioners, government and private sector initiatives

Instructional material | 16 October 2009
Contact(s): Mr Merten Sievers, sievers@ilo.org

This guide addresses the underlying causes of failures in the performance of market systems, rather than looking at symptoms in individual chains. Value Chain Analysis and Development practitioners need to understand the nature of relationships between businesses in the chain and other relevant market players; they need to understand the role of specific market functions and (formal and informal) rules that govern the value chain; and be able to identify incentives and capacities of market players. This guide addresses Value Chain development from a market development perspective with a unique focus on how to achieve Decent Work. The essential question is thus: how can we achieve competitiveness while creating new jobs and income opportunities for men and women and promoting better working standards in value chains?