Value Chain Development (VCD)

ILO's Value Chain Development work focuses on the subsectors that are most relevant for job creation and job quality improvement.The ILO aims at addressing systems and institutions that can drive competitiveness and job creation in specific sectors by using a market development approach.
The ILO's interventions build on private sector development strategies that seek to strengthen enterprises, business relationships & services, market structures, and the business environment so that they channel more benefits to the poor and create more and better jobs effectively.

Relying on ILO's strong knowledge background in developing business service markets and its tools to improve the business environment as well as drawing from best practice conceptual thinking and participatory methodologies, ILO's Value Chain Development methodologies are state of the art tools for job creation.

This website provides access to key ILO publications and practical guides for value chain development. Please have a look at the Value Chain Development (VCD) and Business Development Services (BDS) Resource Guide for an overview of the ILO's resources for private sector development, business service markets and value chain development.

Key resources

  1. Value Chain Development for Decent Work: How to create employment and improve working
    conditions in targeted sectors

    December 2015

  2. Guidelines for Value Chain Selection: Integrating economic, environmental, social and institutional criteria

    October 2015

  3. Guide for productive inclusion and economic empowerment for the prevention and eradication of child labor

    December 2015

  4. A Rough Guide to Value Chain Development

    5 May 2015

    This “Rough Guide to Value Chain Development” has been developed for development practitioners, governments and private sector initiatives to give a simplified overview of the Value Chain Development approach as applied by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  5. Value Chain Development: Approaches and activities by seven UN agencies and opportunities for interagency cooperation

    20 December 2011

    This report is a first output of the work of the United Nations Value Chain Development group (UN-VCD group). It outlines the different approaches and perspectives that seven UN agencies apply in their work on value chain development.

  6. ILO Value Chain Development Portfolio Analysis - A stocktaking of ILO value chain related activities

    25 November 2011

    This study traces ILO projects and interventions linked to Value Chains and sectoral development in more than 20 countries and gives a concrete overview of what the ILO is doing to promote more and better jobs in emerging markets.

  7. Desarrollo de cadenas de valor para el trabajo decente (DECAV): Una guía para profesionales del desarrollo, funcionarios gubernamentales e iniciativas del sector privado

    15 November 2011

    This guide addresses the underlying causes of failures in the performance of market systems, rather than looking at symptoms in individual chains. It takes a market development approach with a unique focus on how to achieve Decent Work (Written in Spanish).

  8. An operational guide to Local Value Chain development

    01 February 2007

    Combining Local Economic Development (LED) with Value Chain Development (VCD) to strengthen competitiveness and integration of SMEs into markets, this guide is based on actual learning experiences made by the ILO Entergrowth project in Sri Lanka.

  9. Making the strongest links: A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development

    31 July 2009

    A new publication from the ILO provides groundbreaking methods for incorporating gender concerns into the different stages of value chain analysis and strengthening the links essential for gender equality and promoting sustainable pro-poor growth and development strategies.