Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) Programme

The project is designed to build on existing job-creating programmes of the government and NGOs, make those programmes more effective, and fill in gaps where programmes are weak or do not exist. The project uses a systems approach to identify emerging and potential employment, income generation and small business opportunities and deliver training in practical skills and business management. It is based on the ILO methodology of Community Based Training for employment and income generation.


The ILO’s Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) Programme is a proven platform that assists those working in largely informal economies to build the skills and abilities needed to generate additional income. Tested under recent technical cooperation projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Niger, TREE builds on ILO’s long-standing experience in promoting Community-Based Training worldwide. Starting with institutional arrangements and planning among partner organizations at the national and local levels, a TREE programme aims to systematically identify employment and income generating opportunities at the community level, design and deliver appropriate training programmes with local public and private training providers; and provide the necessary post-training support, for example, facilitating access to markets and credit. By linking training directly to community-determined economic opportunities, TREE programmes ensure that skills delivered are relevant. In communities where formal training institutions do not exist, for example in remote rural locations, arrangements for mobile training may bring in teachers and equipment to identify appropriate levels of training, design curricula and deliver training locally. This can serve as one measure to strengthen training delivery by formal institutions through development of new training programmes that meet local demands.