1. News

    Webinars - Navigating shocks and crises: a Framework for small firms in developing countries

    27 July 2022

    The ILO’s SME unit, supported by McKinsey & Company, has published a comprehensive framework of policy options to support small firms in developing countries confront shocks. Webinar series based on the findings of the report are organized and will address head-on some of the key challenges that shocks pose to small firms in developing countries and outlines a range of policy options that can help support small firms during such conditions.

  2. Publication

    Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) in fragile contexts

    25 April 2022

    In the wake of conflict or disaster, decent work is often considered as a secondary priority, when it can be the key to resolving many of the drivers of conflict and can be instrumental to restoring peace and resilience. Employment and self-employment enable women and men affected by conflict and disaster to establish sustainable livelihoods; support to the private sector is thus essential to facilitate inclusive recovery. Building on the work carried out by the Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) team and the Coordination and Support Unit for Peace and Resilience (CSPR), this publication sets out a series of guidelines for conducting EESE in fragile, conflict-affected, and disaster-prone contexts, considering both the conditions for improving the enabling environment and the process to conduct assessment.

  3. Publication

    Post Covid-19 EESE assessment of MSME trends and policies in Armenia

    04 March 2022

    Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA), in line with its mandate to contribute to the development of a conducive environment for enterprises in Armenia, has called upon the ILO to assist the organization to assess the follow up analyses of the business environment in the country focusing on two specific topics – taxation system in Armenia, and Export, FDI and FDI-SME linkages.

  4. Publication

    Post Covid-19 EESE Assessment of MSME trends and policies in Georgia

    25 February 2022

    The ILO commissioned a follow-up study in 2021, based on the findings of the 2016 ILO EESE assessment report, delving further into some of the priority areas identified in this first report.

  5. EESE Report

    A comparative analysis from the EESE programme in Zambia, Honduras, Montenegro, Sierra Leone and Mozambique: key findings and lessons learned

    14 January 2022

    The five case studies look back on the EESE process in specific countries to document how the assessment was conducted, which stakeholders were involved, what recommendations and action plans were issued as a result of the assessment, and how these were taken up by local partners to lead to reforms and, ultimately, improved enabling environment, enterprise development and job creation. These five case studies are input into the preparation of the present comparative study which aims at collecting the key findings from the country-level case studies and identifying common lessons learned and success factors, which should provide evidence for revision of the programme. The main research questions addressed by this report are: can EESE methodology drive change in a sustainable way, what are the key success factors, what are the main opportunities for programme to grow and evolve.

  6. EESE Report

    A framework to support small firms in developing countries navigate crises and build resilience

    10 December 2021

    This wide-ranging report addresses head-on some of the key challenges that shocks pose to small firms in developing countries and outlines a range of policy options that can help support small firms during such conditions. It also presents concrete and numerous examples of measures which are derived from previous shocks and from the COVID-19 shock.

  7. Article

    Business Environment Reform and Social Dialogue training, 18 November 2021.

    26 November 2021

    The European Commission together with the ILO provided a training on Decent Work and Social Dialogue in Business Environment Reforms. This training was held on 18 November and brought together EU officials and EU delegations from partner countries. This occurred in the framework of the DCED partnership (Donor Committee for Enterprise Development) which brings together ILO, EU, GIZ and the World Bank.

  8. Article

    EESE tripartite workshop in Centrafrican Republic - 5 November 2021.

    26 November 2021

    The tripartite partners, under the Joint Consultative Commission for Improving Business Environment, confirm their support for promoting an enabling environment and improving key barriers, as identified in the ILO Report and Action plan.

  9. Publication

    Putting Gender at the Heart of Business Environment Reform

    25 October 2021

    This report charts some key entryways for better incorporating gender in business environment reform, with a focus both on policies themselves, and the processes for their proper implementation.

  10. Video

    DCED ILO Webinar on Social Protection in Small Enterprises during Covid-19

    13 October 2021

    This Webinar considers the role of providing social protection to small enterprises and their workers.