Better systems, better jobs: a closer look at value-chain development for decent work

Feb. 11, 2021
Online Webinar

BEAM Grab the Mic webinar

Date: Thursday 11 February 2021
1pm (GMT/UTC), 2pm (EU), 8am (NY/DC), 6.30pm (Sri Lanka), 4pm (Kenya)

Valerie Berset Bircher
Merten Sievers, ILO
Khairul Islam, ILO (Sri Lanka)
Raji Rajan, Gatsby Africa (Kenya)
Moderators: Matt Ripley and Elisa Mandelli, ILO

This year a new edition of the ILO’s flagship guide Value chain development for decent work is published. The speakers in this webinar will describe how a systemic approach is integral to supporting the creation of more and better jobs in value chains.

Two practical case study examples will be presented. Each illustrates how a systemic approach was used to understand value chain functions and context, why they are not serving the needs of vulnerable target groups, and how deeply rooted constraints might be addressed to promote decent work.

ILO’s LEED+ project in Sri Lanka used a market systems approach to target specific leverage points that lead to more inclusive, job-rich growth in value chains for groundnut, coconut, maize, pulses and sea cucumber.

Gatsby Africa’s Kenya Markets Trust succeeded in formalising employment opportunities for rural pastoralists, improving health and safety throughout the entire livestock market system and generating retail employment by stimulating customer demand for better quality meat.