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  1. 'The Lab' global project
  2. The BOSS Project in Timor-Leste
  3. Decent Jobs for Egypt's Young People (DJEP)
  4.  Road to Jobs in Afghanistan
  5. Youth and Women Economic Empowerment Project in Zimbabwe

VCD Training

Value Chain Development: From Analysis to Action


Value Chain Development (VCD)

  • Value chain development explained

The ILO's approach to value chain development

ILO's Value Chain Development work focuses on the subsectors that are most relevant for job creation and job quality improvement.The ILO aims at addressing systems and institutions that can drive competitiveness and job creation in specific sectors by using a market development approach.
The ILO's interventions build on private sector development strategies that seek to strengthen enterprises, business relationships & services, market structures, and the business environment so that they channel more benefits to the poor and create more and better jobs effectively.

Relying on ILO's strong knowledge background in developing business service markets and its tools to improve the business environment as well as drawing from best practice conceptual thinking and participatory methodologies, ILO's Value Chain Development methodologies are state of the art tools for job creation.

This website provides access to key ILO publications and practical guides for value chain development. Please have a look at the Value Chain Development (VCD) and Business Development Services (BDS) Resource Guide for an overview of the ILO's resources for private sector development, business service markets and value chain development.

Key resources

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

    December 2015

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

    October 2015

  3. Guide to market-based livelihood interventions for refugees

    April 2017

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

    December 2015

  5. A Rough Guide to Value Chain Development

    5 May 2015

    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).


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