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
Making microfinance work for funders (based on the former CGAP course for funders) (NEW)

Participants gain knowledge of the broader financial inclusion landscape, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to effectively support the development of inclusive financial systems. This course equips participants with a solid grounding in microfinance and the tools to make sound financing decisions. The course involves a site visit to MFIs in the country of instruction. Read More

Code: A958079

When: 16 Feb 2015 - 20 Feb 2015

Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Language: English

Coaching skills for business development services (BDS) providers

Business development services (BDS) providers that offer coaching services for new and experienced entrepreneurs can enhance the impact of their training and business advisory services. This course provides practical training on how to design and deliver coaching services to owners/managers of small and medium-sized enterprises. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 2015/03/02 00:00:00 GMT+1

Code: A908076

When: 02 Mar 2015 - 06 Mar 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Redução do risco de desastres e desenvolvimento local sustentável (nova edição com integração da perspectiva de gênero) (COMBINADO)

O objetivo deste curso é contribuir para reforçar as capacidades dos atores locais na integração da redução do risco de desastres nos processos de desenvolvimento local. Propõe a análise de conceitos teóricos e a elaboração de ferramentas práticas em matéria de prevenção, preparativos, reconstrução, mudança climática e planeamento estratégico para o desenvolvimento local. Read More

Code: A978077

When: 13 Mar 2015 - 13 Nov 2015

Venue: Blended

Language: Spanish, Portuguese

Enterprise development through value chains and business services markets (DISTANCE)

This course helps develop professionals to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of projects that help enterprises grow, create jobs and reduce poverty. Read More

Code: A978044(C)

When: 01 Apr 2015 - 30 Nov 2015

Venue: Distance

Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Unchaining rural supply chains: global trends and local innovations (NEW)

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. Read More

Code: A908117

When: 27 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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

Code: A908080

When: 18 May 2015 - 22 May 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Academy on Sustainable Enterprise

The ILO's comparative advantage in enterprise development is its focus on the employment impact through job creation and decent work. ILO tools and methodologies are designed to promote sustainable enterprises. 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. It will also cover how to start and improve your business training tools aimed at specific target groups/sectors, and a course on designing results based measurement frameworks. Participants will be offered a choice of learning tracks depending on their area of interest. Read More

Code: A958165

When: 22 Jun 2015 - 26 Jun 2015

Venue: Lusaka, Zambia

Language: English

PRORURAL - Projetos para o desenvolvimento rural: elaboração, execução, monitorização e avaliação

El curso se dirige a los promotores del desarrollo rural y local que trabajen en instituciones municipales, administraciones regionales, provincias, o delegaciones nacionales de los Ministerios de Agricultura y/o Desarrollo Rural, en el sector privado y organizaciones comunitarias o de la sociedad civil. Read More

Code: A978081

When: 01 Jul 2015 - 30 Sep 2015

Venue: Distance

Language: Spanish, Portuguese

The Boulder Microfinance Training Programme

A community of leaders in microfinance provides an unparalleled learning environment for three weeks' intensive training in best practice. Read More

Code: A908075

When: 20 Jul 2015 - 07 Aug 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English, French

Academy on the Social and Solidarity Economy

Offers a range of approaches to promote social and solidarity economy enterprises and organizations, including cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations, and foundations with both economic and social aims. Read More

Code: A958118

When: 27 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015

Venue: South Africa

Language: English, French, Portuguese

Turismo sustentável em áreas rurais (NOVO) (COMBINADO)

O curso está estruturado em redor do conceito de turismo como motor para a criação de actividades económicas e de emprego decente nas áreas rurais. Durante as fases a distância e presencial serão examinados em detalhe as determinantes necessárias para que o turismo possa ser uma alternativa socioeconômica sustentável e quais são os elementos a considerar no desenho de uma estratégia de desenvolvimento rural baseada no turismo. Read More

Code: A978082

When: 18 Sep 2015 - 18 Dec 2015

Venue: Blended

Language: Spanish, Portuguese

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: 28 Sep 2015 - 04 Dec 2015

Venue: Distance

Language: English, French, Spanish

Academy on Decent Work in the Rural Economy (NEW)

Offers a range of integrated approaches, tools and training packages to promote full and productive employment and decent work in the rural economy. Read More

Code: A908119

When: 12 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English, French, Spanish

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: A978072(C)

When: 14 Oct 2015 - 30 Sep 2016

Venue: Blended

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

Code: A978073(C)

When: 15 Oct 2015 - 30 Sep 2016

Venue: Blended

Language: Spanish

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

Code: A908083

When: 27 Oct 2015 - 29 Oct 2015

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

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

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.

The Centre brings together technical officers from Africa, Asia and Brazil in a training programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Local Development

The training programme in the area of humanitarian assistance, disaster prevention and post-disaster socio-environmental recovery, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and implemented by the Centre, culminated in a major training activity entitled Managing Risk, Driving Change: Disaster Risk Reduction within the Framework of Local Development Processes, which took place in November in the city of Campinas in Brazil. Read More


Training of Trainers seminar on Your Green Construction Business Read More

Entrepreneurship education and vocational training in Costa Rica

The INA, a public vocational training institution in Costa Rica present throughout the nation, is aiming to strengthen entrepreneurial culture among its young students with this course, preparing them for a context in which starting up a small company or going self-employed may provide one of the best solutions to finding paid employment. Read More