Resources on Enterprise development in the Arab States

  1. The ILO, the Central Bank of Iraq and partners celebrate success of the financial Inclusion Initiative for MSMEs under the PROSPECTS Programme

    20 November 2023

    Hundreds of loans have been disbursed to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing MSMEs through the project, contributing to the creation and retention of more than 1,200 job opportunities for Iraqi host communities and forcibly displaced people.

  2. Seventy-five women and men in Iraq's City of Basra complete a vocational training programme, paving the way for more and better employment opportunities

    19 October 2023

    The training sessions are part of the collaboration between ILO and UN-Habitat under the European Union funded project "Increasing Access to Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Population in Basra City in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis."

  3. ILO Workshop aimed to boost agricultural cooperatives in Lebanon and Iraq and foster knowledge exchange

    18 October 2023

    The PROSPECTS Programme held a Training of Trainers workshop to address the needs of agricultural cooperatives in the region, raise awareness about their work, and enhance local capacities by establishing a network of qualified trainers.

  4. ILO and partners discuss progress made in promoting labour governance, inspection and working condition in Iraq

    28 September 2023

    A closing event for the European-Union funded project highlighted activities, impact and lessons learnt in efforts to promote sustainable socio-economic development in Iraq.

  5. Empowering Networks and Activation for Building Long-term Employment (ENABLE)

    04 September 2023

    The programme, funded by the European Union (EU), focuses on providing livelihoods opportunities to enhance the economic capacity of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities residing in targeted areas in Lebanon. It will provide integrated employment services and short‐term employment opportunities in infrastructure construction/rehabilitation projects, while increasing linkages between social protection and employment activation.

  6. National Economic Contribution of Jordan’s Garment, Textile and Leather Industry

    31 July 2023

  7. © MOLSA Baghdad 2024

    New ILO-supported National Training Centre for inspectors at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs inaugurated in Iraq

    07 June 2023

    The centre will build the capacity of labour and social security inspectors on the principles and functions of labour inspection, occupational health and safety and social security.

  8. Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and ILO strengthen collaboration to promote entrepreneurship development in Iraq

    05 June 2023

    With the support of the Government of the Netherlands, the ILO will train a cadre of trainers from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on its business management training programme - Start and Improve Your Business – designed for those who want to start or improve their small businesses.

  9. Italy and the ILO support private sector development in Southern Iraq’s green economy

    09 March 2023

    An agreement between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the International Labour Organization will enhance support to private sector development and decent work creation, with a focus on green jobs.

  10. Mapping and assessment of Business Development Service providers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

    30 March 2022

    This document presents an assessment of existing BDS providers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It analyses the types of services, their geographic coverage, target clients, and service quality. It analyses organisations’ capacities to provide their services in terms of available infrastructure, human and financial resources.