Global Knowledge-Sharing Forum: Transition to Formal Economy - 3rd edition

Global Knowledge-Sharing Forum: Transition to Formal Economy -  3rd edition

Global Knowledge-Sharing Forum: Transition to Formal Economy - 3rd edition

Transitioning to the formal economy

25–29 November 2019
The course is available in English, Français

What types of formalization initiatives have been successful? What works at each of the different levels: national, regional, and global? How can we learn from failure? This global forum is a place for conversation about best practices in the transition to the formal economy.Researchers and practitioners, such as ILO constituents and policy makers, from public institutions

Key features

Training methods include roundtable discussions and thematic sessions


Subject matter experts from Australia, England, India, and Zimbabwe will guide conversations


Participants are encouraged to submit working papers on the transition to formality

Introduction to the course

The Global Knowledge-Sharing Forum is the world platform for sharing knowledge on what has worked in the quest for decent work through formalization of the economy at the national, regional and global levels. Participants in the Global Forum will discuss various practices in supporting the transition to a formal economy, and will draw conclusions regarding enabling parameters. The report of the GKSF will summarize such experiences for dissemination among a wider audience.

Who attends this course?

The GKSF targets formalization researchers and practitioners (ILO constituents, policy-makers at various levels from other public institutions, including ministries of finance, planning, social affairs, statistics, etc.) who want to share their experiences (research, studies, policies, projects, impact assessment); officials from countries with experiences of effective implementation and monitoring of policies; and persons wishing to benefit from such a wealth of knowledge.

What topics does this course cover?

This forum aims to draw conclusions and summarize experiences on the transition to the formal economy.

  • Which transition processes have and have not worked at the national, regional, and global levels
  • Key issues and challenges around the ILO’s recommendation on the transition to formality
  • Theoretical and practical, policy-specific knowledge on the topic
What will I learn?

Participants engage in open, interactive discussion with policy makers, social partners, and institutional officials.

  • All about the role of sectoral policies in the transition to formality
  • How to coordinate policies for integrated formalization strategies
  • The importance of outreach to women to support informal economy workers
What will I able to do?

The goal of this course is to assess, build upon, and implement knowledge of economic formalization on the global scale.

  • Draw conclusions regarding enabling parameters
  • Utilize ILO Recommendation 204
  • Design better policies and programmes that aim to formalize economies
Why should I join?

The Turin Centre is known for its unconventional and highly effective learning methodologies.

  • Participants are encouraged to answer the call for papers on evidence-based policies related to formalization, which should focus on innovative ways to link policies to structural transformation.
  • Conversations are structured through roundtable discussions and thematic sessions.
  • Speakers include professors from universities in Australia and England and founders of organizations in India and Zimbabwe.

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