Small and Medium Enterprises

There is broad agreement that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to achieving decent and productive employment as they globally account for two-thirds of all jobs and also create the majority of new jobs. Therefore, the promotion of SMEs has been a key area of intervention for the ILO. Its advisory services on SME policies are in high demand among ILO member countries. The ILO provides added value because of its focus on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of employment creation and the fact that it serves constituents that provide a large potential outreach.

The 2015 ILO Report on SMEs and employment creation provides up-to-date evidence on the relevance of SMEs for employment, the key constraints faced by SMEs and their workers, and the effectiveness of measures to support this enterprise segment.


  1. Enterprise Formalization

    Social security programmes and their outreach to informal economy

    16 July 2018

  2. Enterprise Formalization

    Stakeholder analysis

    16 July 2018

  3. Enterprise Formalization

    Simplified Tax for MSEs in the context of enterprise formalization

    16 July 2018

  4. Enterprise Formalization

    Access to Public Procurement by MSEs in the context of enterprise formalization

    16 July 2018

  5. Enterprise Formalization

    The MACWIE Bill - Salient Features

    16 July 2018