Enterprise formalization: Policies and practices

Enterprise formalization: Policies and practices

Enterprise formalization: Policies and practices

13–17 July 2020
The course is available in English

Out of every 5 persons employed in the world, 3 are working in the informal economy.Globally, 4 out of 5 economic units are informal. While the informal economy provides a living to many people, it also poses serious challenges.

Informal enterprises contribute to economic and social development through activities that are not protected, regulated, recognized or valued. This generates unfair competition to formal business and leaves a majority of informal economy workers and their families outside the benefits of public policy.

How to measure informality and promote and facilitate the transition of businesses from informal to formal? Join this unique workshop to equip yourself with a comprehensive understanding of enterprise formalization strategies and adapt them to your specific context.

Key features

Most updated findings, cases and practical tools from the ILO and other institutions on enterprise formalization


The 5 days face to face course is complemented with an on-line platform with case studies and learning tools


Course content is anchored in ILO Recommendation 204 on the transition from the informal to the formal economy (2015).

Introduction to the course

The aim of this course is to enhance the capacity of policy-makers and pratitioners to formulate, implement and/or evaluate enterprise formalization measures through effective diagnostic analysis and better understanding of concepts and strategies for facilitating the transition of enterprises to the formal sector.

Who attends this course?

The course targets decision-makers and practitioners supporting initiatives geared toward the formalization of enterprises and SME development. It will also be of interest to representatives of governments, workers' and employers' organizations, businesses, and business development service providers.

What will I learn?

The course draws on a wealth of policy experience and evidence from country practices and research, covers theoretical and practical dimensions of business formalization, with topics including

  • Measuring and understanding informality
  • ILO Recommendation 204
  • Strategies to simplify registration and compliance
  • Incentives to enterprise formalization
  • The role of finance in driving formalization
  • Business development services
  • Extending protection to workers and enterprises in the informal economy
  • Integrated and innovative local strategies
What will I be able to do?

The course aims at enhancing your capacity to formulate, implement and/or evaluate enterprise formalization strategies. By participating this training you are anticipated to be able to:

  • Diagnose enterprise informality, its scale, drivers, and impacts
  • Design strategies to facilitate business formalization in your context
  • Support decent work in the informal economy
Why should I join?

The International Training Centre of the ILO is known for its innovative learning experience and globally minded trainers.

  • Access hands-on experience and on-going country cases
  • Interact with high-level experts on enterprise development and the world of work
  • Share insights and exchange with peer participants

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