The Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme uses the knowledge base of the ILO globally to design academies, courses and training packages. Training courses and academies focus on disseminating good practices and sound methodologies. Training draws on the expertise of the global team of ILO enterprise development and social finance specialists.

Enterprises are important sources of employment and decent work. Training in enterprise development covers good practice in supporting business creation and growth. Training on enterprise development also covers entrepreneurship (including women’s entrepreneurship), productivity, working conditions, the business enabling environment, value chains, corporate social responsibility, and the economic, social and environmental aspects of running a sustainable enterprise.  Microfinance training aims at better management of microfinance institutions to help them reach vulnerable poor women and men with financial services. Local development uses participatory approaches to improve the effectiveness of regional and municipal government agencies in developing local economies, reducing the impact of natural disasters, and for creating better jobs for women and men. Promoting decent work in the rural economy uses a multi-disciplinary approach to design employment policies, programmes and projects for disadvantaged rural communities.

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Upcoming Courses
Promoting rural development: sustainable tourism and short agricultural supply chains
This activity will be a conference-style event with international policy-makers and practitioners elaborating on the global trend of short supply chains in rural economies. The course will combine in-class activities and several study visits to analyse hands-on innovative experiences of short supply chains with the close collaboration of Slow Food and RIMISP. Read More

Code: A909071

When: 07 Mar 2016 - 11 Mar 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English - Spanish - Portuguese

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Making microfinance work: managing product diversification
The course examines the challenges inherent in microfinance product diversification and identifies strategies for meeting those challenges. It provides tools and advice for managing the product diversification process as well as the ongoing delivery and maintenance of a diverse product portfolio. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 14 Mar 2016

Code: A909086

When: 14 Mar 2016 - 18 Mar 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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Reducción del riesgo de desastres y desarrollo local sostenible (nueva edición con integración del enfoque de género) (COMBINADO)
El objetivo de este curso es contribuir a fortalecer las capacidades de los actores locales para integrar la reducción del riesgo de desastres en los procesos de desarrollo local. Propone el estudio de conceptos teóricos y la elaboración de herramientas prácticas en materia de prevención, preparativos, reconstrucción, cambio climático y planificación estratégica para el desarrollo local. Read More

Code: A979073

When: 09 Apr 2016 - 30 Oct 2016

Venue Blended

Language: Spanish - Portuguese

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Start your business for social entrepreneurs
The course is for people who have no concrete business idea and want to start a social business. It takes them through the process of generating and choosing the most appropriate social enterprise idea, to be used as the basis for a business plan. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 14 Mar 2016

Code: A909070

When: 11 Apr 2016 - 15 Apr 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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Enterprise development through value chains and business services markets
This course is highly relevant for professionals creating and implementing value chain and enterprise development projects in rural and urban areas. It offers a unique on-the-job learning opportunity using practical tools and lessons from enterprise development programmes that have reached thousands of small enterprises. Participants select a work challenge as an assignment during the course and receive support from international experts who act as online tutors. The final outcome of the course is a market development implementation project designed by the participant. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 30 Apr 2016

Code: A979072

When: 26 Apr 2016 - 25 Nov 2016

Venue Distance

Language: English - Spanish - Portuguese

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Academy on the Social and Solidarity Economy
This course offers a range of approaches to promoting social and solidarity economy enterprises and organizations, including cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations, and foundations with both economic and social aims. Read More

Code: A959078

When: 16 May 2016 - 20 May 2016

Venue in Asia - venue to be defined

Language: English

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Job creation in fragile contexts
This course will familiarize participants with effective employment creation strategies in fragile contexts, drawing on experiences where such strategies have effectively boosted peace and resilience. Read More

Code: A909074

When: 23 May 2016 - 27 May 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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Academy on Sustainable Enterprise
This year's Sustainable Enterprise Academy will focus on the impact of MSME policies and programmes on job creation and decent work. The Academy will cover entrepreneurship training methodologies, value chain development, actions to improve the business environment, microfinance for MSMEs and methodologies for improving productivity and working conditions in enterprises. Elective classes will look at how to improve business training for specific target groups, and how to design results-based measurement frameworks, amongst others. Participants will be offered a choice of learning tracks on their areas of interest. Read More

Code: A909075

When: 20 Jun 2016 - 24 Jun 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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PRORURAL - Proyectos para el desarrollo rural: formulación, ejecución, monitoreo y evaluación
El objetivo del curso es capacitar a los participantes para diseñar planes estratégicos territoriales y proyectos específicos de desarrollo rural utilizando la metodología del marco lógico y prestando especial atención a la importancia de implicar a los actores locales en todas las fases del proceso. Read More

Code: A979076

When: 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

Venue Distance

Language: Spanish - Portuguese

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Academy on South-South Development Cooperation
South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) can be defined as the collaboration between two or more developing countries that is guided by the principles of solidarity and non-conditionality, aiming at implementing inclusive and distributive development models that are driven by demand. SSTC is based on a fundamental premise that developing countries should identify their own needs and address them in part by acquiring new expertise, knowledge and technology from other countries of the global south that have acquired experience from regular Development Cooperation initiatives funded by Official Development Assistance. In this sense, SSTC is a complement to North-South cooperation in a concerted effort to promote development opportunities. Read More

Code: A909374

When: 11 Jul 2016 - 15 Jul 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English - Spanish - French

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The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme
The Boulder Microfinance Programme is a three-weeks intensive training on best practice in microfinance. The course provides an unparalleled learning environment encompassing a rich community of leaders from across the field of microfinance. Read More

Code: A909079

When: 18 Jul 2016 - 05 Aug 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English - French

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Value chain development: moving from analysis to action (NEW)
Do you want to move from analysis to action in value chain development? Do you want to know how to facilitate the development of sustainable business models to secure lasting results? Do you want to know how to facilitate market system development? Do you want to know how to strengthen inclusive market systems? Do you want your enterprise development project to engage the private sector? Do you want to know how to manage value chain development programmes? If so, this NEW training course is for you. Read More

Code: A909080

When: 05 Sep 2016 - 09 Sep 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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My.COOP - Managing your agricultural cooperative
The objective of this training of trainers (TOT) course is to enable existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to identify and address major challenges that are specific to cooperatives in market-oriented agricultural development. Read More

Code: A979081

When: 26 Sep 2016 - 02 Dec 2016

Venue Distance

Language: English - Spanish - French

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Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development (BLENDED)
The Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants, in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism. The programme provides a solid foundation in cultural economics and explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of heritage, enabling monitoring of their effectiveness. It also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management for the preservation and promotion of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites (WHS), through the preparation of management plans and projects. Read More

Code: A979082(C)

When: 17 Oct 2016 - 13 Oct 2017

Venue Blended

Language: English

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Maestría en Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo (COMBINADO)
La Maestría en Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo es un programa organizado por la Universidad de Turín, la Universidad de Barcelona, el Centro Internacional de Formación de la OIT, en colaboración con el Centro del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. El programa tiene como objetivo contribuir en la mejora de la gestión de los recursos culturales, preparando a los gestores y a los profesionales para que se conviertan en activos emprendedores culturales y promuevan el desarrollo local, la generación de ingresos y la creación de empleo, enriqueciendo de este modo el enfoque tradicional de la conservación del patrimonio cultural. El programa proporciona una sólida formación en economía cultural, explorando en detalle las dimensiones económica, social, institucional y legal que constituyen la base de la gestión del patrimonio. Read More

Code: A979084(C)

When: 17 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017

Venue Blended

Language: Spanish

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Turismo sostenible y desarrollo local en áreas rurales (COMBINADO)
El curso está basado en el concepto del turismo como motor para la creación de actividades económicas y de empleo decente en las áreas rurales. Durante las fases a distancia y presencial se examinarán en detalle las claves necesarias para que el turismo pueda ser una alternativa socioeconómica sostenible, y cuáles son los elementos a tener en cuenta para diseñar una estrategia de desarrollo rural basada en el turismo. Read More

Code: A979083(C)

When: 21 Oct 2016 - 30 Mar 2017

Venue Blended

Language: Spanish - Portuguese

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Private sector development in fragile and conflict-affected States
Private sector development is a vital tool with which to promote economic development and peace in fragile and conflict-affected environments. This three-day course is jointly organized by the Centre and GIZ under the auspices of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development. The training course is based on the DCED framework to design and implement PSD interventions in a conflict-sensitive way, and understand the linkages and contribution of PSD to all aspects of peace-building and development. Read More

Code: A909085

When: 25 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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Scaling up jobs and job quality in enterprise development (NEW)
Do you want to know how to scale up jobs and job quality in enterprise development? Do you want to know what works and what does not work in enterprise development? Do you want to know what the new trends in enterprise development are? Do you want to know how to identify and promote high-growth SMEs? Do you want to know how to move from analysis to action in enterprise development? Do you want to implement your project using a systemic approach? Do you want practical tools in enterprise development? If so, this NEW training course is for you. Read More

Code: A909087

When: 14 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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Women's entrepreneurship development
This course provides policy-makers and development practitioners with practical guidance on how to design and implement an integrated approach to women's entrepreneurship promotion, addressing both policy and practical aspects. Participants will get acquainted with tools to assess and improve the enabling environment, build the capacity of women's entrepreneurs associations and integrate gender equality in value chain development and business training. Read More

Code: A909088

When: 05 Dec 2016 - 09 Dec 2016

Venue Turin Centre

Language: English

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News

Thinking “glocally”

In January, the Centre hosted a high-level delegation from Mozambique composed of representatives from the Ministry of Labour, and workers’ and employers’ organizations, as part of a UN project to promote Decent Work in Mozambique, financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Read More

Promotion of sustainable business practices in global supply chains

The Centre, in collaboration with the United Nations Mozambique, will host a Policy dialogue on campus on the “Promotion of sustainable business practices in global supply chains” on 28th and 29th January 2016. Read More

Action!

The Portuguese Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security will provide support worth 3.5 million euros to the ACTION/Portugal project, a social protection project for African Portuguese-Speaking Countries (PALOP) and East Timor. The project is being carried out by the Centre with the ILO, and will last three years. Read More

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