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Decent work results of ILO employment promotion interventions: lessons learned from evaluations, 2003-2013

2.1.5. Key elements in policy frameworks identification

Recommendation 2. Promote interaction of projects with local government, and facilitate government creation of an enabling environment with regard to development of policies, regulations, subsidies, tax incentives, registration procedures for business set ups, and access to micro finance. Sample evidence: The analysis of evaluations indicates that Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) projects tend to have a higher chance of success when they interact closely with local government, and where government manages to create an overall enabling environment in terms of policies, regulations, subsidies, tax incentives, registration procedures for business set ups, access to micro finance, etc. Note: SIYB projects use specific course materials and learning methodologies that the ILO has developed over the course of 3 decades.

Recommendation 3. Ensure that project intervention logic and indicators for support to policy/legal frameworks on the IE are clear and not too open-ended. Do not, however, make indicators that measure actual government adoption of the legal/policy frameworks as projects are generally too short to allow for bureaucracies to move in tandem with project implementation periods and formalise them. Rather, include indicators that measure effective advocacy and progress towards adoption. Sample evidence: The analysis determined that quite a few projects featuring a policy support strategy (particularly projects focusing on informal economy workers) seemed to struggle to come up with tangible or verifiable results as a consequence of intervention logics that were too open ended.

REFERENCE: ILO, 2014, Decent work results of ILO employment promotion interventions: lessons learned from evaluations, 2003-2013 , Meta-analysis of evaluations, ILO, Geneva.

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