EBRD contracted A2F Consulting to conduct a gender assessment to inform future EBRD agribusiness investments and the Bank’s potential policy engagement and support for reforms in the public sector in Uzbekistan and Turkey. In this context, a baseline assessment was conducted with the intention of helping to better understand existing gaps between men and women in the agribusiness sector, focusing on legal, regulatory, financial, economic and social barriers for women, as well as the existing gaps in providing assistance in these areas.
More young people live in India than in any other country and their numbers are projected to increase for decades to come. More than 12 million enter the workforce each year yet few have the skills required for employment. The Government of India has set a target to skill 400 million people by 2022 and established the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as part of this mission. Through NSDC, government is engaged with private sector partners to advance strategic approaches in skills development by creating public-private partnerships with companies involved in skill training.
The publication is intended to be a first step towards generating knowledge on the role of private sector in skills generation for increased inclusiveness and employability. It includes several case studies from Turkey, in which the private sector has created significant added-value through private sector-led or PPP models of skills design and delivery. It elaborates on the lessons-learned from these cases to pave the way for further action and research on how business actors can contribute to skills development, especially for the disadvantaged.
"Best Practices Guidelines and Toolkit on Engaging the Private Sector in Skills Development”, jointly developed by UNDP IICPSD and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries(SESRIC), will inspire, motivate and mobilize the private sector for its active engagement in skills training for employment. The guidelines and toolkit will help stakeholders to collaborate more closely with companies, chambers of commerce and business associations.
The need to properly equip women with relevant job skills to meet the demands of labour markets today and in the future is urgent.
LabourNet works with unskilled and semi-skilled unorganized workers by providing skilling and capacity building services, recognition of prior learning, employment linkages, as well as financial inclusion, social protection and welfare services.
The GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) is the corporate social responsibility initiative set up in 2003 by GMR Group, an infrastructure company. This foundation originated to assist company’s operations including land acquisition and other activities, which affects communities around it. GMRVF’s vocational training programme is tied to relevant industries in the provision of sector specific skill development.
Empower Pragati is a private venture in the skilling industry in India with a focus on home management for women in the informal sector. It began as an enterprise with a mission of women empowerment by transforming domestic workers into home managers. It has already provided training to 75,359 candidates in as many as 14 ranges of sectors. This company has evolved as a profitable and sustainable venture as well as a successful enterprise.
B-ABLE is a skill development arm of BASIX Social Enterprise Group. It has been engaged in providing training to Indian youth since 2009, where it provided industry specific and hands-on skills to disadvantaged sections of the society. Its main objective is to create an environment for lifelong learning, economic empowerment and inclusive development through skills.
NIIT Yuva Jyoti is a skill development venture, which actively focuses on disadvantaged youth and school dropouts from cities in India with population under 1 million. It uses the Source-Train-Place model, where it works to provide local job opportunities for local youth especially in information technology sector.