1. Publication

    Promoting Gender Sensitive Business Environment Reform in South-East Asia: A Compendium of Solutions

    28 November 2022

  2. News

    Promoting gender-sensitive business environment reform is key to advancing women’s entrepreneurship development and decent work

    28 November 2022

    While governments must create conditions for an enabling business environment, public and private stakeholders should be increasingly involved in ensuring women’s representation in the reform process.

  3. Call for expression of interest

    Methodologies to measure productivity in Suriname

    14 November 2022

  4. Center for Innovation and Productivity

    ILO and Suriname moving forward to support productivity growth with decent work

    28 September 2022

    The current collaboration between the ILO and key stakeholders in Suriname including the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Youth Affairs, and constituents has operationalized the Centre for Innovation and Productivity (CIP) as a mechanism for support to productivity.

  5. Publication

    The ILO’s provision of technical assistance to promote an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises

    27 September 2022

    This publication outlines the technical assistance activities carried out by the ILO to help Member States to achieve an enabling business environment that is conducive to the development of sustainable enterprises. The Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) work supports ILO constituents’ efforts to conduct assessments aimed at identifying barriers and develop action plans to favor the creation of sustainable enterprises and decent jobs.

  6. Webinars

    Webinar series on "Navigating shocks and crises: A framework for small firms in developing countries"

    The ILO, supported by McKinsey & Company, recently published a comprehensive framework of policy options to help small firms in developing countries to confront shocks. This webinar series is based on the findings of the report, and focuses on the Caribbean, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. It aims to discuss key challenges that shocks pose, and a range of policy options for governments and stakeholders to support small firms during such conditions.

  7. Publication

    Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) in fragile contexts

    25 April 2022

    In the wake of conflict or disaster, decent work is often considered as a secondary priority, when it can be the key to resolving many of the drivers of conflict and can be instrumental to restoring peace and resilience. Employment and self-employment enable women and men affected by conflict and disaster to establish sustainable livelihoods; support to the private sector is thus essential to facilitate inclusive recovery. Building on the work carried out by the Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) team and the Coordination and Support Unit for Peace and Resilience (CSPR), this publication sets out a series of guidelines for conducting EESE in fragile, conflict-affected, and disaster-prone contexts, considering both the conditions for improving the enabling environment and the process to conduct assessment.

  8. Publication

    Post Covid-19 EESE assessment of MSME trends and policies in Armenia

    04 March 2022

    Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA), in line with its mandate to contribute to the development of a conducive environment for enterprises in Armenia, has called upon the ILO to assist the organization to assess the follow up analyses of the business environment in the country focusing on two specific topics – taxation system in Armenia, and Export, FDI and FDI-SME linkages.

  9. Publication

    Post Covid-19 EESE Assessment of MSME trends and policies in Georgia

    25 February 2022

    The ILO commissioned a follow-up study in 2021, based on the findings of the 2016 ILO EESE assessment report, delving further into some of the priority areas identified in this first report.

  10. EESE Report

    A comparative analysis from the EESE programme in Zambia, Honduras, Montenegro, Sierra Leone and Mozambique: key findings and lessons learned

    14 January 2022

    The five case studies look back on the EESE process in specific countries to document how the assessment was conducted, which stakeholders were involved, what recommendations and action plans were issued as a result of the assessment, and how these were taken up by local partners to lead to reforms and, ultimately, improved enabling environment, enterprise development and job creation. These five case studies are input into the preparation of the present comparative study which aims at collecting the key findings from the country-level case studies and identifying common lessons learned and success factors, which should provide evidence for revision of the programme. The main research questions addressed by this report are: can EESE methodology drive change in a sustainable way, what are the key success factors, what are the main opportunities for programme to grow and evolve.