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ILO technical and business management training workshop for community based organisations in waste recycling together with City of Harare, Environmental Management Agency and Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre of Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe, 5-9 November 2007

The Employment Intensive Investment Programme Consultants training for Latin America and the Caribbean

Managua, Nicaragua, 26-30 November 2007

12th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners. Theme: Prioritising Employment Creation in government Policies and Investments in Infrastructure Programmes

Durban, South Africa 8 - 12 October 2007

"Putting employment at the centre of public investment and poverty reduction strategies"

Interregional workshop on Employment-Intensive Investment Policies and Practices

Turin, Italy, 16 - 20 July 2007

More information on the workshop is available PDF 1.41Mb .

In French: Turin, Italy, 15 - 19 October 2007

Information in French on the workshop is available PDF 1.46Mb .

"Public-private partnerships for decent jobs and better services in the urban context"

Inter-regional training and knowledge sharing workshop

Turin, Italy, 18-22 June 2007

More information on the workshop is available PDF 144Kb , as well as an Application Form .

"An introduction to local resource-based approaches to rural infrastructure development and service delivery"

Inter-regional training workshop

Bangkok, Thailand, 23-27 April 2007

Eleven countries were represented by thirty participants. A new training package for local stakeholders was successfully tested. The event allowed fpr interesting exchanges, and some concrete proposals were formulated for follow-up work at the national level.

More information on the workshop is available PDF 113Kb.

"Putting Employment in the Centre of the Public Investment Strategy and Reduction of Poverty, in a Reconstruction Context" National high-level training course

Guatemala city, Guatemala, 7-9 December 2006

On the initiative of the "Programa de Reconstrucci�n del H�bitat Productivo" that deals with post hurricane Stan housing reconstruction, this training course was organised in cooperation with the ILO Training Centre in Turin and the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (ILO, Geneva). The training was implemented as part of the UNDP/ILO framework aiming at the adaptation and effective implementation of policies that favour the optimal use of manual labour and other locally available resources in public investments, with the objective of poverty reduction through employment creation and skills development. Participants included high level policy makers, with the course objective being to expand on their knowledge of the principal issues and operational aspects of employment intensive investment strategies, as well as to present guides and other available tools that facilitate the creation and implementation of policies aimed at the development of such strategies.

The final report of the workshop is available here: PDF 2.9 Mb (In Spanish)

"Putting employment at the centre of public investment and poverty reduction processes"

Inter-regional workshop on Employment-Intensive Investment Policies and Practices

Turin, Italy, 9 � 13 October 2006


This workshop focussed on how to conceive and implement employment-intensive programmes, as well as on how to mainstream the employment-intensive approaches into national policies and poverty reduction strategies, also in line with the existing decentralisation processes. Pertinent concepts were shared, and good practice was illustrated to guide future work in this area.

The workshop was organised by the Employment and Skills Development Programme of ITC-ILO in collaboration with the EIIP Programme of the ILO.

Learning objectives:

The ultimate aim of the course was to contribute towards the adoption and effective implementation of national investment policies favouring the optimum use of local labour and other resources towards poverty reduction.

More specifically, upon completing their training, participants should have known better the features and operational aspects of the employment-intensive investment approaches supported by the ILO and other development partners, and should have at their disposal guidelines and tools for policy and programme development.


The workshop was addressed to:

  • Policy-makers and senior government officials responsible for the development of national macro-economic frameworks, or for sectoral policies, investment plans, employment policies, or poverty reduction strategies
  • Staff of technical departments and agencies involved in infrastructure development.
  • National associations of workers and employers (the nomination of representatives from the construction sector is highly desirable)
  • National educational and training institutions in the development field
  • Managers of relevant development programmes and projects
  • Donor representatives.

The final report of the workshop is available here: PDF 283 Kb

Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Employment Creation in Municipal Services Delivery Improving Living Conditions and Providing Jobs for the Poor

Johannesburg, South Africa, 27th � 28th February 2006


Internationally, there is growing interest in the need to link job creation to infrastructure investments and municipal service delivery to urban and local development policies. The Commission for Africa has called for a major increase in infrastructure investments in Africa and has argued that �infrastructure investments represent an enormous untapped potential for the creation of productive employment.�

At the same time, youth employment has become both a political, social and economic priority of countries irrespective of their level of development. Youth employment is a specific concern of urban authorities since they are first to feel the impact of youth unemployment on crime, insecurity and the need for social transfer payments to the unemployed.

Organization of the workshop

This workshop is organised by the International Labour Office in collaboration with the Expanded Public Works Programme of South Africa. It brings together policy makers and practitioners, from South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana, on employment aspects of urban municipal service delivery.

The objectives of the workshop will be to share some lessons learned and better practices on substantive issues on the employment aspects of slum upgrading and urban development, to disseminate the results of the South African slum upgrading study, the Tanzanian waste collection management model, and the Ghana Decent Work Country Programme as a basis for future action in the context of country programming and conceptual development. The participants of the workshop will discuss approaches and recommendations for employment generation in urban upgrading programmes, with youth as one of the target groups.

The workshop will be informed by three key elements, namely:

  • Findings of the recent research in SA on employment aspects of slum upgrading
  • Presentation by Tanzania project on employment creation in municipal service delivery
  • Presentation on the Ghana Decent Work Country Programme, which aims to integrate employment, infrastructure investments and local economic development

Expected outputs

  • Best practices in employment promotion through employment intensive approaches in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana.
  • Recommendations for improving the impact of urban municipal services and infrastructure investments on the urban poor into housing, slum upgrading and local economic development strategies;
  • Promotion of knowledge sharing links with relevant actors in Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa and possible creation of a peer exchange mechanism.
  • Main elements for an integrated approach to addressing employment impact assessments and a possible initiative for youth employment through employment intensive approaches.

The final report of the workshop is available here: PDF 601 Kb

Interregional workshop on "Putting employment at the centre of public investment and poverty reduction processes"

Turin, Italy,17 - 21 October, 2005

The ultimate aim of this workshop was to contribute towards the adoption and effective implementation of national investment policies favoring the use of employment-intensive techniques in the construction sector for employment creation and poverty reduction. More specifically, upon completing their training, participants were to know better the conceptual and operational aspects of the employment-intensive approaches advocated by the ILO, and dispose of tools for promoting and applying such approaches in their respective countries.

The workshop was held at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy from the 17th to the 21st of October, 2005, and was attended by 29 participants from Azerbaijan, Benin, Eritrea, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Lao P.D.R., Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. These participants consisted of:

  • National policy-makers and planners responsible for the development of macro-economic/sectoral policies and national investment plans, as well as those dealing with employment and poverty reduction strategies.
  • National associations of workers and employers representing small contractors in the construction sector.
  • Educational and training institutions in the development field.
  • Managers and staff of relevant development programmes and projects.

The workshop adopted a highly participatory approach allowing for the active intervention of all participants and a constructive exchange of ideas and information. During the seminar, there was a continuous interaction between trainers and participants through training sessions and group exercises. Some participants presented country cases.

The participants concluded that the employment intensive investment approach is a viable technological choice, and an investment option that can contribute to poverty reduction through job creation, particularly for the low-income groups; that it can empower the poor communities through participation and their access to basic needs and services; and that it has a positive contribution to developing local contracting capacity, effective maintenance systems and local economic development.

They recommended that this form of investment should be promoted taking into consideration its technically feasibility and cost-effectiveness, as well as the quality of the works executed. They identified a need to upscale and mainstream the approach and to review the obstacles, challenges, and constraints that work against the mainstreaming of the methods; and to address the role and participation of the private sector and social partners. Participants also saw a need to intensify research, to elaborate more on issues of safety and health at work as well as social protection, and to increase knowledge and information sharing and awareness creation on the approach. Finally they recommended that there should be constant dialogue between Government of developing countries and development partners on the importance of employment intensive investment programs in the development of the local economy, whilst incorporating the approach into country PRSPs.

The final report of the workshop is available here: PDF 6,710 Kb

11th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners. Theme: Integrated labour-based approaches for socio-economic development

Mombasa , Kenya, 2 - 7 October 2005

EIIP Policy Meeting Report


The principal objectives of the EIIP Policy Meeting, held in Geneva in December 2004, were to agree on coherent strategic priorities, and to commit to collaborate on common products (including resource mobilization). The meeting found that there is a strong demand for EIIP services, both from inside and outside the ILO, but that this demand does not automatically translate itself into more resources for the Programme. There is therefore an urgent need to better communicate the objectives and results of the Programme and to create a more individual and collective commitment to resource mobilization and the building up of partnerships.

Other conclusions related to better knowledge sharing among EIIP staff in the different offices, as well as between the EIIP and the rest of the ILO, and the incorporation of the EIIP approach into Decent Work Country Programmes, PRSPs and other national strategies. In general the meeting recommended that the EIIP should improve its image as a global programme, resulting in a single identity for the EMP/INVEST team in Geneva, the EIIP Specialists in the Sub-Regional Offices and the ASIST programmes in Africa and Asia.

The report of the EIIP Policy Meeting (PDF 199 Kb) can be downloaded.

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