Value Chain Development Guidance Material

Resource list | 17 January 2018
Contact(s): Merten Sievers,

Value Chain Development for Decent Work: How to create employment and improve working conditions in targeted sectors

December 2015

Guidelines for Value Chain Selection: Integrating economic, environmental, social and institutional criteria

October 2015

Guide to market-based livelihood interventions for refugees

April 2017

Guide for productive inclusion and economic empowerment for the prevention and eradication of child labor

December 2015


A Rough Guide to Value Chain Development

This “Rough Guide to Value Chain Development” has been developed for development practitioners, governments and private sector initiatives to give a simplified overview of the Value Chain Development approach as applied by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
5 May 2015


Value Chain Development: Approaches and activities by seven UN agencies and opportunities for interagency cooperation

This report is a first output of the work of the United Nations Value Chain Development group (UN-VCD group). It outlines the different approaches and perspectives that seven UN agencies apply in their work on value chain development.
20 December 2011

ILO Value Chain Development Portfolio Analysis - A stocktaking of ILO value chain related activities

This study traces ILO projects and interventions linked to Value Chains and sectoral development in more than 20 countries and gives a concrete overview of what the ILO is doing to promote more and better jobs in emerging markets.


Desarrollo de cadenas de valor para el trabajo decente (DECAV): Una guía para profesionales del desarrollo, funcionarios gubernamentales e iniciativas del sector privado

This guide addresses the underlying causes of failures in the performance of market systems, rather than looking at symptoms in individual chains. It takes a market development approach with a unique focus on how to achieve Decent Work (Written in Spanish).

An operational guide to Local Value Chain development

Combining Local Economic Development (LED) with Value Chain Development (VCD) to strengthen competitiveness and integration of SMEs into markets, this guide is based on actual learning experiences made by the ILO Entergrowth project in Sri Lanka.


Making the strongest links: A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development 

This publication provides methods for incorporating gender concerns into the different stages of value chain analysis and strengthening the links essential for gender equality and promoting sustainable pro-poor growth and development strategies.
31 July 2009