1. About the

    Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP)

    The EIIP has over 40 years of experience in more than 70 countries giving it a unique portfolio of productive employment creation for economic development, social protection, and natural resource management.

Employment intensive investment

 
Around the world millions of people lack infrastructure (roads, bridges, water supply, etc.) to access basic services (water, health, education). Improving infrastructure and maintaining them can improve living standards and have a direct impact in the quality of people’s lives. Productive community infrastructures can also contribute to reducing (rural and urban) poverty and have the potential for offering better economic and social benefits.

Employment-intensive investments link infrastructure development with employment creation, poverty reduction and local economic and social development. In using local labour and resources they create much needed employment and income, reduce costs, save foreign currency, and support local industry while increasing the capacity of local institutions.

The combination of local participation in planning with the utilization of locally available skills, appropriate technology, materials and work methods has proven to be an effective and economically viable approach to infrastructure works and jobs creation in many countries.

Highlights

  1. Event 

    Learning forum on Design and Implementation of Public Employment Programmes and their link with Social Protection

    27-29 June 2016, San José, Costa Rica

    The event provides a platform for interactive learning that will enable decision makers and technical teams of the governments of Central American countries, Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti, to design and develop innovative PEPs that will ensure access of the population at risk to decent work and social protection opportunities according to their own structural characteristics.

  2. Event

    Release of Training Manuals for Barefoot Technicians (MGNREGA) and for Contractors & Field Engineers (PMGSY) and Impact Assessment Study of PMGSY Roads

    6 October 2015, New Delhi, India

    Training manuals for barefoot technicians (MGNREGA) and contractors & field engineers (PMGSY) as well as impact assessment study of PMGSY roads were launched at an event jointly organized by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, and the ILO at Vigyan Bhawan on 6 October 2015 during the visit of Ms. Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General (Policy), ILO.

  3. Statement

    Remarks at the Opening Session of Knowledge-Sharing on the ILO/Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)/World Bank PMGSY Programme and launch of NREGA barefoot technicians training modules

    New Delhi, 6 October 2015

    By Ms Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General (Policy) at the Opening Session of Knowledge-Sharing on the ILO/Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)/World Bank PMGSY Programme and launch of NREGA barefoot technicians training modules, in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development

  4. Statement

    The Current Reality and Future of Work, in India and Beyond

    New Delhi, India | 07 October 2015

    MOLE-IHD-ILO public lecture by Ms Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General (Policy), ILO, Geneva

Key resources

  1. Report

    Mitigating a Jobs Crisis: Innovations in Public Employment Programmes (IPEP)

    01 July 2010

    Employment Sector - Employment Report No. 6

  2. Publication

    Building Rural Roads

    05 November 2008 - Bangkok

    Rural roads are the last link of the transport network, however, they often form the most important connection in terms of providing access for the rural population. The permanent or seasonal absence of road access is a constraining factor in terms of providing rural communities with essential services such as education, primary health care, water supply, local markets as well as economic opportunities. The availability of such services and opportunities are difficult to sustain without a good quality and well-maintained rural road network, which provides regular and efficient transport access throughout the year.

  3. Publication

    A global programme : investing in employment for poverty reduction and local economic growth 2003-2007

    01 February 2003

    A programme document of the Employment-Intensive Investment Branch

  4. Training material

    Employment-Intensive Infrastructure Programmes: Capacity building for contracting in the construction Sector

    01 January 1999

    Provides a set of guidelines for programmes which aim to integrate cost-effective employment-intensive approaches into infrastructure works while respecting basic labour standards and working conditions.

  5. Training material

    Employment-intensive infrastructure programmes : labour policies and practices

    01 February 1998

    Based on studies and the experience of ILO technical cooperation projects. Includes recommendations for government ministries, and workers’ and employers’ organizations.