ILO builds capacities of experts on the Formalize Your Business training

ILO workshop held to engage with experts to build a support network for the adaptation and roll-out of the Formalize Your Business training programme in countries

News | 27 April 2023
GENEVA (ILO News) – On 19 and 20 April 2023, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) organized a virtual workshop for experts on the ILO’s Formalize Your Business (FYB) training programme.

Objectives of the workshop

The objectives of the workshop were to create a pool of experts on the FYB training programme and engage with them on how they can support the adaptation and roll-out processes in different countries. On the first day, participants were introduced to the topic of enterprise formalization by Ms. Judith van Doorn, Specialist on Enterprise Formalization, who explained why the FYB programme was create and for whom. In addition, Mr Kareem Bayo, Technical Officer on Enterprise Formalization, provided an overview of the training tools and the adaptation process at the country level.

The training is not only meant to share information on formalizing a business, but also gives practical guidance on where to reach out to institutions and what type of information and services are available."

Kareem Bayo, Technical Officer on Enterprise Formalization
Mr. Dissou Zomahoun, ILO Consultant and Start and Improve Your Business Master Trainer, further unpacked these training tools in a session on the structure and content of the training programme.

On the second day, the experts learned more about the adaptation processes in countries. Mr Aziz Dieng, National Project Coordinator and Mr Zomahoun discussed how the training was first piloted in West Africa, namely Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Gambia in 2021 and 2022.

In addition, Ms Chandni Lanfranchi, Technical Officer on SME Development and Enterprise Formalization and ILO Consultant Mr Alex Conesa-Pietscheck discussed the ongoing adaptation of the training programme in Bolivia, while Ms Melissa Bader, National Project Coordinator, shared the initial experiences of adapting the training programme in Lebanon. They discussed important elements to consider during the adaptation process, such as identifying implementation partners early in the process and adapting to challenges along the way.

Mr Shusuke Oyobe, Regional Project Technical Officer in Nepal, shared his insights on modifying the training programme to offer a shortened version of it in Bangladesh and on his lessons learned through this process.

Roles of the experts

The experts were selected based on their backgrounds in enterprise development, informality and proficiency in conducting trainer of trainer workshops with the ILO in different regions around the world. It is intended that the experts would help to coordinate the adaptation process and rollout of the FYB training programme in countries.

By the end of the workshop, the participants expressed their enthusiasm for taking on the role when the training programme will be adapted and rolled out in countries in their respective regions. The meeting kicked off a process of engagement on the topic of enterprise formalization which may go beyond the training itself.

Learn more about the ILO Formalize Your Business training programme.