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
Managua, Nicaragua, 26-30 November 2007
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
"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.
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
Workshop on Employment Creation in Municipal Services Delivery
Improving Living Conditions and Providing Jobs for the
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
- Best practices in employment promotion
through employment intensive approaches in South Africa, Tanzania
- Recommendations for improving the impact
of urban municipal services and infrastructure investments on the
urban poor into housing, slum upgrading and local economic
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
The report of the EIIP Policy Meeting
199 Kb) can be downloaded.