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  Employment & Peacebuilding for ‘Youth at Risk’ in Lebanon
In Lebanon, the ILO uses “My First Business”, an adaptation of SIYB for Arab youth, to help Lebanese and Syrian refugee youth to start joint-income generating initiatives as a way to create employment opportunities and decrease tension among host communities and Syrian refugees. Check out this short video to learn more about the project and its impact.
   SIMUKA-PHAKAMA Is your business ready to leap and go green?
The Simuka-Phakama Green enterPRIZE Innovation Challenge aims to identify green, growth oriented enterprises through annual competitions and provide the winners with technical support to develop and create more and greener jobs, while improving existing ones. Targeted SMEs will expand their green products and services through a business development programme supported by strategic alliances with business development service (BDS) providers and financial institutions.
  What Works In a Market-Oriented Strategy for SME Development - Evidence From Myanmar
While BDS market facilitation has been regarded as priority in development programmes, seldom has it been operationalized into tangible activities and results. The incentives for projects to directly deliver and pay for services offered to beneficiaries in order to meet the targets are strong. This brief explains how the BDS market facilitation approach was implemented for two projects in Myanmar and presents the results and key achievements.
  The Next 15 Million: Entrepreneurship Training At Scale – New Data On The Global Outreach Of ILO’s Entrepreneurship Training
A global tracer study on the ILO’s entrepreneurship training program Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) showing that global outreach more than doubled in the past five years. With 15 million participants SIYB is the most popular entrepreneurship training program.
  Green Business Booklet
Going green is not only good for the environment, but makes business sense too, as the greening of enterprises results in improved access to markets, higher productivity and cost savings. The Green Business Booklet is part of the Green Jobs packages and the Start and Improve Your Business series of products and helps aspiring entrepreneurs to come up with a green business idea and existing entrepreneurs to green their businesses.
  2016 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
The winners of the Competition in the categories Best Ideas 2016 and Best Projects 2016 were announced in the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin in October 2016. Enter to this section to see the winners of the competition.
  Does the combination of vocational and business management training produce extra benefits? 
A comparative exploration of cases from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Senegal and Vietnam This study traces the outreach of the "Start and Improve Your Business" (SIYB) programme and some other key achievements, including estimates of its impact. The report has been prepared for practitioners in enterprise development who want to use SIYB, as well as any other organization or individual engaged in entrepreneurship and management training.
  Access to Finance and Enterprise growth: Evidence from an experiment in Uganda
The following paper Access to Finance and Enterprise growth: Evidence from an experiment in Uganda authored by Nathan Fiala sets out to understand the challenges to business growth in Uganda, relying on a sample of 1,550 micro-enterprise owners from the Northern and Central regions.
   Business Practices in Small Firms in Developing Countries
This independent study uses the contents of ILO's Improve Your Business (IYB) training curriculum to measure whether improved business practices have an impact on enterprise performance in small enterprises. It is based on data of more than 10.000 SMEs in 6 countries.
  Synergies at Work: Does the combination of business training and access to finance produce extra benefits? 
Three case studies on using the ILO’s Start and Improve Your Business management training programme in combination with microfinance
  Sustaining the ILO-Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) Program in Sri Lanka
A case study to document the achievements and challenges in setting up and managing the SIYB Association between 2003 and 2007.
  Business Training for Entrepreneurs in Vietnam
An Evaluation of the Sida-supported Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) project.
  Access to SIYB training for people with disabilities. A Handbook for Organizers and Trainers in China
This manual for SIYB training organizations and trainers to implement SIYB training which is accessible to persons with disabilities, the first of its kind, is an attempt to respond to the requirements of the Convention.
  Commercially Sustainable BDS to Poor Customers - the case of Sri Lanka
This paper explores by means of theoretical and action research if it is possible to offer Business Development Services, such as management training to poor customers on a commercially sustainable basis.
Guide to Market Assessment for BDS Program Design

Guide to Market Assessment for BDS Programme Design