Sustainable Enterprises Development in Southern and Eastern Africa

By | 27 June 2014

The ILO supports countries in Southern and Eastern Africa to tackle the jobs crisis with an enterprise development project portfolio of around 60 million US Dollars.

Cover Page - Snapshot 2014 - Employment Creation through the Promotion of Sustainable Enterprises in Southern and Eastern AfricaDespite encouraging levels of economic growth in many Southern and Eastern African countries, the challenges of under- and unemployment remain a major concern for governments, civil society and the private sector in the sub-region.

Given the strategic importance of businesses for broad-based employment creation, the work of ILO’s Decent Work Support Team for Southern and Eastern Africa strongly emphasises the development of sustainable enterprises, especially those led by youth and women.

In line with the Decent Work Agenda, ILO’s constituents in the sub-region focus on a variety of themes for the work on enterprise development, such as support to young entrepreneurs and rural enterprises, promotion of social economy enterprises and women entrepreneurship, as well as creation of an enabling policy environment, and sector-specific competitiveness improvement initiatives.

The “Snapshot 2014 – Employment Creation through the Promotion of Sustainable Enterprises in Southern and Eastern Africa” (link document to title) provides a comprehensive overview of ILO’s current project portfolio, which amounts to about 60 million US Dollars. It showcases ILO’s unique expertise as well as its tested tools and strategies to unlock the potential for employment creation in the private sector as a way to support national efforts to create jobs through sustainable enterprises development.

Given the strategic objectives of the ILO, which are inseparable and mutually supportive, interventions on sustainable enterprises development seek to create synergies between the objectives of employment promotion, social protection, social dialogue and the realisation of rights at work. Interventions aim at supporting systemic change through multi-level approaches focussing on promotion of entrepreneurship culture, improvement of business environments, capacity development of national institutions and stimulation of entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation at the enterprise level.