This introductory course is an interactive e-learning opportunity to explore how to create more and better jobs through sustainable and inclusive infrastructure investments. By undertaking a review of different approaches and best practices, participants will learn more on how to design, implement and monitor infrastructure investments that boost job creation, at the same time addressing economic, social and environmental challenges. The course will have a specific focus on the development of local infrastructure using a local resource-based approach, i.e. combining the use of local participation in planning with the use of locally available skills, technology, and materials.
The course is for participants who want to learn more about how to create decent jobs through sustainable and inclusive infrastructures. The course specifically targets: - Government officials operating at the local, provincial and national level in charge of creating decent jobs, maintaining and developing infrastructure (construction, rehabilitation, maintenance), planning national investments and development frameworks; - ILO, UN staff and development practitioners assisting local, provincial and national governments developing public infrastructure investments, as well as evaluating their long-term impacts; - Donor organizations who are working or would like to work on public investment programmes and projects; - Public investment and employment policy advisors; - Research and education institutions, including technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes.
The course covers the following six topics:
Learning Block 1 provides a general overview of ILO's Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) and then starts to dig into LBR approaches and community infrastructure. More specifically, it covers the following topics:
The second module introduces participants to Public Employment Programmes (PEPs), illustrating how these can improve labour and income prospects of key segments of society, particularly the poor underemployed and informal and rural workers. Specific topics include:
The third module introduces participants to green works and explore how they contribute to environmental rehabilitation and improvement, nature conservation and adaptation to climate change. It covers the following topics:
The fourth module focuses on the development of public entities and private sector stakeholders (particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs) in the construction sector, recognizing their increasingly central role in the completion of sustainable and inclusive infrastructure works through local resource-based approaches. Specifically, the module covers:
The fifth module introduces participants to key concepts for the assessment of the employment potential of sectoral policies and investments, with a particular focus on infrastructure investments and policies. The EmpIA helps policy makers and development partners understand how many and how decent jobs are created along the construction value chain, which supports the development of long-term employment and investment policies appropriate to the contexts of local or national economies. These employment creation impacts can be categorized into direct, indirect, and induced (multiplier) effects of infrastructure investments. Since the use of the EmpIA tools requires a substantial amount of expertise, this module will cover the basic concept and what the tool can offer. Specific topics include:
The EIIP often operates in fragile contexts in the midst or aftermath of humanitarian crises such as conflicts and natural disasters. Guided by the ILO’s Recommendation 205 on Jobs for Peace and Resilience, the EIIP approach can be leveraged to achieve the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, linking the humanitarian/immediate needs to longer-term developmental objectives. This final module introduces the EIIP’s emergence response schemes, which distance itself from “cash for work” due to their particular focus on decent work principles. Specific topics include:
The course also covers the following cross-cutting issues which are integrated in all five modules:
Live sessions are foreseen from 10h30 to 12h00pm (CEST Time) on the following dates: