The road to jobs during a protracted crisis

June 17, 2021
BEAM / Road to Jobs

BEAM Grab the Mic webinar

Date: Thursday 17th June, 2021
1pm (UK), 4.30pm (Afghanistan), 8am (NY/DC), 2pm (CEST) (time converter)

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Tonderai Manoto,  R2J Project Manager
Jan Mohammad Dosti, ILO, Afghanistan
Zakia Samimi, Head of SIYB, Afghanistan
Steve Hartrich, ILO, Geneva

Developing market systems to promote livelihoods and decent work in fragile contexts – lessons from Afghanistan 

This webinar will showcase two success stories from the Road to Jobs programme (R2J) in Afghanistan on how the MSD approach can be used, and adapted, in fragile contexts to contribute to sustainable businesses and decent jobs.

Case studies:

  • Women’s economic empowerment – developing decent work conditions for the women-centred carpet industry
  • Thin markets and the development of entrepreneurship and a resilient BDS ecosystem

The importance of safeguarding and developing markets is increasingly recognised, not least within the triple nexus of humanitarian, development and peace-building work. Livelihoods and decent employment depend on functioning and inclusive agricultural, product and service markets which tend to be weak in fragile contexts. The R2J programme addressed unemployment by demonstrating scalable job-creation business models.

The webinar will address:

  • how the programme developed markets and what it achieved
  • the key challenges to market development in this fragile conflict context
  • how the programme collaborated with humanitarian organisations and responded to COVID-19
  • the relevance of MSD in fragile and conflict-affected contexts


Additional Information:

ILO brief: Doing more business and less aid: the journey of a market system development project in Afghanistan