1. What is the Skills Challenge Innovation Call about?The ILO is looking for innovative, relevant, feasible, and impactful ideas that, based on the use of new technologies, promote skills development to facilitate the formalization of labour and economic units.
These include solutions that will strengthen skills development and improve apprenticeship systems to reach those in the informal economy. More specifically, innovative solutions that facilitate access to social protection, simplify registration, improve access to finance, increase productivity, support labour inspection, support law enforcement and give a voice to those working in the informal economy.
2. Who can apply?Applicants include entities or legally recognized non-profit organizations with contractual capacity and duly incorporated that have been in existence for at least two calendar years prior to the closing date of the call. Proposals may be submitted individually or jointly by several organizations. The idea to be submitted can be a joint collaboration effort by different stakeholders, such as governments, employers’, and workers' organisations.
By entity or non-profit organization, we mean government agencies, employers' and workers' organizations, cooperatives, education and training institutions (including schools, public and private training providers, and universities), NGOs and civil society organizations, universities and other research and educational institutions.
In case of a team work, a project leader should be identified to coordinate the activities and to report to the ILO.
3. What are we looking for?One or more ideas and solutions that address the issue of e-formality and skills development. We welcome all types of innovations, i.e. innovative approaches, projects, tools, technologies, and partnerships that offer solutions that, through the use of new technologies, support labour formalization and skills development.
We are open to all ideas and solutions at any stage of development. They can be in their initial phase or at a more advanced stage.