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
Curso de Turismo Sostenible en Áreas Rurales

El curso tiene como objetivo capacitar a las instituciones locales para articular sus estrategias en el sector del turismo conciliando el desarrollo del sector con las condiciones ambientales y sociales que garantizan la sostenibilidad. En el curso se realizará una visita de estudios a experiencias exitosas del estado de Sao Paolo (Brasil) que será coordinada por el SENAC (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje Comercial). Read More

Code: A257123

When: 17/11/2014 - 21/11/2014

Venue: Región de São Carlos, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

Language: Spanish, Portuguese

PRORURAL - Proyectos para el desarrollo rural: formulación, ejecución, monitoreo y evaluación

El objetivo de los cursos es capacitar a los participantes para diseñar planes estratégicos territoriales y proyectos específicos de desarrollo rural utilizando la metodología del marco lógico y enfatizando en la importancia de implicar a los actores locales en todas las fases del proceso. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 30/11/2014

Code: A977118

When: 21/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

Venue: Distance

Language: Spanish, Portuguese

International labour standards and corporate social responsibility: frameworks and practices

By analysing international instruments, frameworks and trends on corporate social responsibility, the course aims to strengthen the capacity to promote international labour standards and apply them in corporate social responsibility policies and practices. Read More

Code: A907114

When: 08/12/2014 - 12/12/2014

Venue: Turin Centre

Language: English

Practicing private sector development in fragile and conflict-affected situations

Private sector development is a vital tool in fragile and conflict-affected environments to promote economic development and peace. This 3-day course is jointly organised by the ITC-ILO 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 understanding the linkages and contribution of PSD to all aspects of peace-building and development. Read More

Enrolment deadline: 03/12/2014

Code: A907366

When: 09/12/2014 - 11/12/2014

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.

Education, young people and entrepreneurial culture

The Government of the Canary Islands is to promote entrepreneurial culture among young people in the Canary Islands by means of a pioneering agreement with Spain, signed by the Ministry and the Centre to train 50 teachers and counsellors working for the General Directorate of Vocational Training. Read More

Participants' voices: focus on World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Testimonial by Zoraida Chong, Constructora Norberto Odebrecht, Panama Read More

Boulder Microfinance Training’s 20th Anniversary

The Turin Centre is proud once gain to host the Boulder Microfinance Training Programme, starting on 7 July 2014. This 20th anniversary edition marks a milestone in the path of this highly renowned activity that is the flagship programme of the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, has alumni numbering over 4,500 and a faculty of 100 experts. Boulder MFT lasts 3 weeks and is delivered in English and French. The Turin Centre has been hosting the Boulder MFT since 2005. Read More