ILO-Bappenas to identify constraints to employment growth in provinces

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) will organize a workshop on employment diagnostic analysis (EDA) on 07 October 2011 at Bappenas, Jakarta. The ILO has developed EDA through Promoting Inclusive Job-Rich Growth Project funded centrally through Stockholm and Geneva by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Press release | 06 October 2011

Jakarta (Joint Press Release): The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) will organize a workshop on employment diagnostic analysis (EDA) on 07 October 2011 at Bappenas, Jakarta. The ILO has developed EDA through Promoting Inclusive Job-Rich Growth Project funded centrally through Stockholm and Geneva by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (Sida). The methodology helps understand the nature of the deficiency of productive employment and identifies the constraints on and opportunities for enhancing inclusive job-rich growth.

Generating income opportunities, especially for the poor, in a sustainable manner is a key factor to the success of “pro-growth, pro-poor, pro-jobs and pro-environment” policy orientation. It requires strong focus on creation of productive employment and decent work, especially at local levels, given the decentralized governance structure. Indonesian provinces are at various stages of development and endowments of skills, capital and infrastructure vary. It is therefore necessary to support local policymakers and stakeholders to identify critical constraints to employment growth, which strengthens the basis for policy formulation.

The ILO has piloted the EDA, in corporation with the local governments and social partners, in three provinces of Indonesia: Kupang (18-20 January 2011), Surabaya (04-05 April 2011) and Ambon (11-13 April 2011). The participants of the workshops applied the EDA methodology to their province and jointly identified key constraints to employment growth. Representatives of the three provinces will present the results of their analysis at Bappenas this Friday. The national workshop in Jakarta is to share EDA methodology with policymakers and social partners at national level and discuss the scope for scaling up these activities in other provinces.

Employment diagnostic analysis (EDA) is based on the principle that rather than having the analysis done by outside experts, those responsible for designing and implementing policies must be involved in the analysis. “The identification of underling critical constraints to inclusive job-rich growth can help the local governments in formulating employment policies that can effectively address these issues at the provincial level,” said Mr Per Ronnas, Senior Employment and Development Specialist based in ILO Geneva, who is in charge of the ILO’s Promoting Inclusive Job-Rich Growth Project.

Mr Ceppie K. Sumadilaga, Deputy for Poverty, Labor and Small and Medium Enterprises of Bappenas appreciates the support of the ILO in building capacity of local planners in conducting employment diagnostic analysis. “Creation of productive employment at local levels is a key to effectively reduce poverty. Employment diagnostic analysis helps policymakers and stakeholders identify critical issues they need to address” he said.

Ms Ewa Polano, Ambassador of Sweden, says that the workshop fits very well into the overall objective of Swedish development cooperation. Sweden wants to contribute to the creation of conditions that enable poor people to escape from poverty. Productive employment and decent work for everyone is also an official MDG target. Indonesia is one of small number of countries selected for pilot work on the Promoting Inclusive Job-Rich Growth Project. “I am glad that the Swedish government is a main funder of this important workshop today, which I hope will lead to even deeper cooperation between our two countries Indonesia and Sweden".

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