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2.1.5. Key elements in policy frameworks identification

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Alessio Lupi16 May 2018

Indicators: Key elements in policy frameworks contributing to enhancing the livelihoods of those dependent on the informal economy, with special attention to social inclusion identified in selected project countries.

Data Analysis Methods: Establishment of criteria to select key elements of policy frameworks that contribute to enhancing the livelihoods of those dependent on the informal economy, with special attention to social inclusion. Application of criteria to determine good practices and lessons learned.


1. For successful policy reforms, combine analysis, consultation, public-private initiatives and coalition building.

Reference: Easterling, Tom; Foster, Brian; Delia Casco, Rita, 2012, Mid-Term Evaluation of the USAID/Nicaragua Employment and Enterprise (E&E) Activity, Midterm or interim evaluation, USAID, Washington, DC.
Evidence sample: The evaluation determined that a combination of analysis, consultation, public-private initiatives and coalition building can result in policy reforms.


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.

Reference2014, Decent work results of ILO employment promotion interventions: lessons learned from evaluations, 2003-2013


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.



4. Follow 6 basic rules to improve international training programmes (ITPs) related to labour market policies:

  • Link future international training programmes to national and international efforts (both training and projects);
  • Obtain or make a mapping of current and planned labour market training (national and international) initiatives at country and regional level to inform the training programme design and selection of participants;
  • Underpin, where possible, the relevant national/international initiatives;
  • Ensure that projects are linked to on-going and planned reforms;
  • Consider if the capacity development budgets of on-going reform initiatives could be used to co-finance aspects of the ITP such as the projects;
  • Create opportunities to link future ITPs better to decent work and the human rights approach.

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


5. When working in specific enterprise development areas engage in actions such as enacting inclusive reform for Small Water Enterprises (SWE), in order to make them more reliable and compliant with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and provide a fair price system for SWE and their customers.

ReferenceSahin, Sila; Prowse, Martin; Wigh, Nadia, 2014, Agriculture and Private Sector: Agriculture and growth evidence paper series, Meta-analysis of evaluations


SOURCE: RNSF research - Volume 4.2

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