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16 April 2018 - 20 April 2018

Designing an integrated policy framework for the transition to the formal economy

16 April 2018 - 20 April 2018

Designing an integrated policy framework for the transition to the formal economy

Designing an integrated policy framework for the transition to the formal economy

Course Information

16 April 2018 - 20 April 2018

English - French

Turin Centre

Code: A9011252

Deadline: 19 March 2018

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The course follows a policy cycle management approach and aims to build capacities among government officials, social partners and relevant stakeholders to design, implement and monitor integrated policy frameworks that facilitate the transition to formal employment.

Description

Description

The course follows a policy cycle management approach and aims to build capacities among government officials, social partners and relevant stakeholders to design, implement and monitor integrated policy frameworks that facilitate the transition to formal employment.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is aimed at officials from government institutions such as ministries of labour, finance and social affairs; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations, as well as representative organizations of informal workers, enterprises (cooperatives, NGOs) and development agencies.

Information and costs

Information and costs

Rationale and objectives

Rationale and objectives

R204 and the call for an integrated policy framework for the transition to formal economy

Following the guidelines of Recommendation 204 concerning the transition from informal to formal economy, ILO’s member states should design coherent and integrated strategies to facilitate the transition
to formal economy. They should do so taking into account, among others, the diversity of characteristics, circumstances, and needs of workers and economic units in the informal economy, along with the specific national circumstances, legislation, policies, practices, and priorities for the transition to the formal economy.

Because different and multiple strategies can be applied to facilitate the transition to the formal economy, national stakeholders should ensure coherence and coordination across a broad range of policy areas in facilitating the transition to the formal economy, as well as cooperation between the relevant bodies and authorities, such as tax authorities, social security institutions, labour inspectorates, customs authorities, migration bodies, and employment services, among others, depending on national circumstances.

Finally, countries should guarantee that formalisation targets and indicators are included in national development strategies or plans as well as in poverty reduction strategies and budgets, taking into account, where appropriate, the role of different levels of government.

The course is a response to the increasing need for countries to strengthen their capacities to
produce and collect data on informality, which should underpin the effective policy-making process on an integrated policy framework for the transition to formal economy. It focuses on an intervention cycle starting from the diagnostic of causes and patterns of informality at the national level, to designing and implementing; monitoring and evaluating integrated strategy framework for a transition to formal economy.

By following this course, you will

  1. Be acquainted with the main stages of the intervention model to promote Decent work in the informal economy at national and local  levels, 
  2. Enhance your capacity  to design  national, local  integrated strategies for the transition to formal economy and decent work - the course follows the policy design cycle for the transition to formal economy 
  3. Be able to mainstream formalization indicators  in existing economic and social policies;

Technical content

Technical content

“How to design, implement and monitor an integrated policy framework for a transition to formal economy?" "How to mainstream in existing policies at national level while ensuring policy coherence?”

The course will answer those questions and proposes a logical framework for intervention and emphasizes some key policy areas ranging from macroeconomic frameworks, rights and social protection, sustainable entreprise development and social dialogue.

It focuses in particular, on the following policy design: 

  1. Analysing the nature, the magnitude and characteristics of the informal economy- e.i.  to quantify the extent and qualify the nature of the informal economy, which is complemented by a broader assessment of the labour market & macro economic situation at national or local level. This first step, which includes data collection and analysis on informality through different methodologies, helps identify the main incentives and drivers of informality; 
  2. The second step as part of the diagnostic of informality is to proceed to a comprehensive review of existing legal and policy frameworks and practices at national or local levels to identify informality drivers; 
  3. How to improve/foster social dialogue and the role of social partners; this step help identify the main actors involved; assess their vision(s) of the informal ecoconomy as well as to reflect on the coordination mechanisms if any; 
  4. Priority setting : how to identify  national priorities to address informality and to provide a set of policy recommendations & a sequencing to formulate a road map or policy framework; 
  5. How to design an integrated policy framework including policy coherence and institutional set up;
  6. How to mainstream and strengthen the objective of facilitating the transition to formality ( SDGs in particular 8.1) in national development strategies; placing formalization as main goal in existing line policies such as employment, social protection, business development, legal framework, and more;

 Exchange by the participants:

1. Sharing of practical experiences: Some specific niches will be reserved for the presentation of innovative practices by the participants themselves. All participants will be invited to share an innovative practice or original solution to a particular problem.

2. Policy design exercice

Participants will take part in group work to design integrated policy frameworks for the transition to formal economy based on case studies. This exercise will help you understand the different elements of an integrated policy and stimulate them through applying the contents of the course sessions and modules.

Test 

A knowledge acquisition test might be administered to assess the new knowledge participants acquired during the policy course.

Training materials

Participants will have access to all course materials (speaker presentations, case studies and further reading, etc.) in electronic format and on our virtual campus.

 

Training methodology

Training methodology

The course is designed to ensure a "learning by-doing" process that encourages the sharing of knowledge, experiences and promising practices among participants. It will follow therefore a practical approach with many group works based on case studies, sharing of practical examples from countries, which have designed, and successfully implemented formalization policies at national and or local levels.

Participants are encouraged to bring their national economic and social policies, surveys, diagnostics of informality as well as policies designed  for  the transition to formal employment and enterprises…

Tuition cost: 1600

Subsistence cost: 615

Total cost: 2215

 

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