Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development
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.

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Upcoming Courses
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

Enrolment deadline: 14 Oct 2015

Code: A978072(C)

When: 14 Oct 2015 - 30 Sep 2016

Venue: Blended

Language: English

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: A978116

When: 26 Oct 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

Venue: Distance

Language: English

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 pretende contribuir a 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

Enrolment deadline: 15 Oct 2015

Code: A978073(C)

When: 28 Oct 2015 - 30 Sep 2016

Venue: Blended

Language: Spanish

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

Code: A908084

When: 02 Nov 2015 - 06 Nov 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Academia sobre Economía Social y Solidaria

La sexta edición de la Academia promovida por la OIT, el INAES y la Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, servirá como una plataforma internacional para compartir experiencias y generar conocimientos con actores de diversos sectores y países del continente que participen de manera activa en la ESS. Su objetivo es que los actores encargados del fomento de la ESS en México y otros países puedan comprender y ampliar sus conocimientos en ESS, estableciendo un marco conceptual y discutiendo acerca de los principales temas de la Agenda de ESS que conciernen a las Américas. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 30 Oct 2015

Code: A258543

When: 23 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015

Venue: Puebla, Mexico

Language: Spanish

Monitoring and measuring results in private sector development interventions (NEW)

External pressures are demanding more information, results and impact measurement in private sector development projects. The course will provide participants the tools with which to create a monitoring and measuring results system - based on the DCED standard. The "standard" is a proposal from the DCED to be used by programmes to measure their own results. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 07 Dec 2015

Code: A908080

When: 07 Dec 2015 - 11 Dec 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

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 is based on the DCED framework to design and implement PSD interventions in a conflict-sensitive way, and understanding the linkages and contribution of PSD to all aspects of peace-building and development. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 31 Dec 2015

Code: A908083

When: 08 Dec 2015 - 10 Dec 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

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

Enrolment deadline: 14 Dec 2015

Code: A908608

When: 14 Dec 2015 - 18 Dec 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Turismo sostenible y desarrollo local en áreas rurales (NUEVO) (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: A908082

When: 14 Dec 2015 - 18 Dec 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: Spanish, Portuguese


New ideas, not new rules

The first “Academy on Rural Development: Towards Decent Work in the Rural Economy” will take place on campus from 12 to 23 October 2015 Read More

Zambia hosts ILO Global Academy on Sustainable Enterprise Development

More than 140 policymakers, entrepreneurs, business experts and enterprise development practitioners from 15 countries will gather this week in Lusaka to discuss trends and innovations in sustainable business promotion and decent work. Read More

Boulder goes rural

The Rural and Agricultural Finance Programme (RAFP) will be part of the 21st edition of the Boulder Micro Finance Training Programme (MFT), which will take place on campus from 20 July to 7 August 2015 Read More

Areas of expertise

Child labour

The ILO estimates that there are still 215 million children caught in child labour, of whom 115 million are exposed to hazardous work, a measure of which is often used as a proxy for the worst forms of child labour. These estimates show that the problem of child labour is still immense. Its elimination requires a concerted effort by governments, international organizations, employers, workers, NGOs, local communities, the children themselves and their parents.

Cooperative Development

The ILO views cooperatives as important for improving the living and working conditions of women and men globally, and for making essential infrastructure and services available even in areas neglected by the state and by investor-driven enterprises. Cooperatives have a proven record of creating and sustaining employment. Today, they provide over 100 million jobs, advance the ILO’s Global Employment Agenda and contribute to promoting decent work.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Enterprises, especially multinational enterprises (MNEs), have recently been engaging in a wide range of voluntary, company-level or multi-stakeholder initiatives that address the social and environmental impact of their operations. These are broadly labelled “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) practices.

Employment-Intensive Investment

There is plenty of evidence that public investment in infrastructure can play a vital role in job creation and sustainable development; in fact, regular investment and counter-cyclical spending on infrastructure have been widely used to boost demand, and create and sustain jobs. There is, however, scope for applying the employment-intensive investment approach on a larger scale so that it meets its full employment potential, particularly in low-income countries with abundant labour surpluses.

Employment Policy

The ILO estimates that between 25 and 30 per cent of the world's growing labour force is unemployed or under-employed. This is a major cause of poverty. In addition, 500 million women and men work for less than US$ 1 per day, many of them in micro-enterprises in the informal economy.

Enterprise Development

The purpose of enterprise development training is to assist countries in promoting more and better jobs for men and women. The ILO has a long history of enterprise development training. The distinguishing feature of the ILO Turin Centre courses on enterprise development is that they emphasize the employment dimension, and are based on ILO values, principles, Conventions and Recommendations.

Green Jobs

The move towards a green economy has been gaining momentum in parallel with the international debate and negotiations on climate change. That debate has brought out the need to take a deeper look at the notion of green jobs and its links with economic, social and environmental development goals.

Human resources management

Our approach to human resources management is to identify and develop professional competencies.

Local Development

Communities, cities and governments around the world are increasingly turning to local development strategies to meet the challenges of globalization and decentralization. Local development promotes participation and local dialogue. It connects public and private stakeholders and their resources in the search for better employment and a higher quality of life for both men and women. Local development looks at social, economic and environmental issues within a territory, and finds solutions that create employment and decent work.


In many countries, microfinance plays an important role in poverty alleviation, job creation and local development. The ILO policy on microfinance for decent work is grounded in the 2002 International Labour Conference resolution on the informal economy, which presents microfinance as a bridge that helps informal operators find their way into the mainstream economy.