Partnerships and contractors in the delivery of employment services and ALMPs: a literature review

EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 226

The current review synthesizes information available in recent literature and on selected examples of current practice about the extent to which countries foster such partnerships. It thus offers an insight into how the design and strategies of partnerships are influenced by the national context and regulatory environment in which they are implemented. Noting the increasing investments in partnerships, this work reveals that these mechanisms are being more frequently used to fill service gaps, maximize service linkages at local level, and enhance results through the improved application of limited resources from the public purse. The author also identifies the challenges and unintended consequences of partnerships, considers the mitigation measures that have been taken in response, and offers general reflections on what to look out for when designing and implementing partnerships.