In Latin America there is no ASIST Programme as is the case in Africa and
Asia. The Employment Intensive Investment Programme therefore works in this
region through the Subregional Offices in the region.
A project entitled "Promotion of employment
intensive technologies in public investments in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru"
(RLA/97/M08/DAN) was approved under an ILO/DANIDA agreement. The project
commenced its activities in January 1998, and concentrated initially on
promoting the EIIP concept, familiarizing potential counterparts in the countries
mentioned. It became clear that the degree of awareness and application differed
substantially between the three countries. Whereas in Peru an employment
intensive programme on rural road maintenance (Programa Caminos Rurales) already existed, with which the project connected itself, in Bolivia
and Ecuador there had not been similar activities so far. The second priority of
the project was to identify those areas of technical assistance where the
project could provide an added value. This has culminated in various national,
as well as sub-regional products.