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2.1.1 Global and regional strategies for livelihoods with attention to social inclusion

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Alessio Lupi14 May 2018

Indicators: a) Key global and regional economic and social strategies for enhancing the livelihoods of those dependent on the informal economy, with special attention to social inclusion identified.

b) Effectiveness of global and regional strategies for implementation at country level assessed.

Data analysis: Establishment of criteria for selection of strategies. Thematic and comparative analysis of effectiveness of global and regional strategies of extent to which strategies have been implemented and useful.


1. Promote and facilitate South-South exchange on experience with programming on the IE among target countries as a means toward further capacity development. Use national examples at world and/or regional level to promote approaches to women’s entrepreneurship and gender). This should include the creation, support and sharing of national experiences on growing women’s entrepreneurship and gender equality with special attention to those who are dependent on the IE.



2. For a good analysis and well-founded conclusions of the synthesis results of complex regional projects on the IE:

  •  Recognise that an understanding of the context, that is the culture and socio-economic situation of each of the included countries is necessary.
  • Develop criteria for the selection of countries so that they can be grouped and managed in a coherent way. Selecting countries in a single region is one way to accomplish this. Another is to select countries that face similar issues or stages with regard to development of their programming on addressing issues of people dependent on the informal economy. Countries within one region may vary substantially which needs to be kept in mind when selecting countries.
  • Select countries with common characteristics when the purpose is to identify global and regional economic and/or social strategies on the IE. This facilitates learning as opposed to selecting countries with a great variety of contexts. Too much variety leads to implementation confusion, inefficiency and lack of a coherent drawing of lessons and identification of good practices. Where there is too much variety, there are too many confounding factors to understand impact which makes it difficult to draw overall conclusions about how to strengthen the position of people dependent on the IE.


3. Support the carrying out of regional studies on informality and rural employment.  Ensure that such studies analyse the regional and national socio-economic and political context to facilitate the implementation of labour norms.

4. Develop clear strategies to establish national and international networks on the IE and formalising. Strategies should include methodologies for keeping donors close to national stakeholders even after the end of a project through follow up missions and other type of contacts.

ReferenceBuhl-Nielsen Eric, Oskarsson Bertil, 2015, Evaluation of Swedish International Training Programme (ITP) 288, “The Role of Labour Market Policies in Poverty Alleviation” 2009-2015, Final evaluation, SIDA, Stockholm, Covered countries: Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.


Source: RNSF research - Volume 4.2

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