Programme profile


Albania Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgia Kosovo Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Serbia Ukraine Europe Financial services ICT & Business services Labour markets and wage work

Programme Index Listing

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine
Main implementer
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Other implementers
Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe / Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) / Strategic Development Agency (SDA)
July 2020 - April 2022
Total budget
USD $3.8 million (2 yr inception phase)
Annual budget
USD $1.9 million
External links
Inclusive Plug video podcasts

Project description / objective

To enable women and the youth, including vulnerable and marginalised groups, to benefit from economic opportunities by increasing their income and taking up decent jobs, inclusively and sustainably.

Market systems focus

Vocational training (formal & informal)

Increasing the employability (including self-employability) and income generation of women, young people and disadvantaged/excluded groups by improving formal and informal training offer. Ensure the training is improved and available to the target groups and ensure strengthened and diversified intermediation.

Business & financial services

Improvement of business and financial services to help enterprises grow, invest and create more/new economic opportunities.


Improving advocacy in the areas of policy, regulatory, legislative and administrative to help target groups and enterprises increase their participation and voice to advocate for better economic opportunities.

Programme interventions

Note on interventions
RECONOMY is currently in its inception phase, with some pilot interventions and some planned interventions.

Business & financial services 

Vibrant service sector for better economic opportunities (Western Balkans)

  • Support private sector enterprises to understand the demands of regional and international markets by promoting ICT-BPO services
  • Support private sector enterprises to develop and market business support services through ICT tools and enhance the transition of SME’s into the digital economy 
  • Facilitate coordination and collaboration between ICT-BPO sector public and private stakeholders for active promotion of the sector
  • Support the commercial sustainability and expansion of non-formal skills provision and inclusive financial schemes


Business advocacy - public-private dialogue (Eastern Europe)

  • Support the development capacity of private sector enterprises, in particular SMEs, in Eastern Europe, to identify and prioritise key areas of inclusive economic development so that they advocate by effectively engaging with the public sector on business environment reform issues
  • Facilitate the understanding and appreciation of the value of public - private sector dialogue (including those that are small-scale)
  • Support bottom-up and evidence-informed processes by working with media outlets and other stakeholders (e.g. research organisations)

Vocational training (formal & informal) 

Enhancing economic opportunities through non-formal skills development (Armenia - South Caucasus)

  • Support a range of industry/sector associations to facilitate availability and better access to improved and relevant non-formal training offers, as well as strengthened and diversified intermediation services
  • Support upskilling for unemployed women, youth and other disadvantaged groups without formal education (early school leavers) for acquiring new skills and knowledge in specific domains, life/soft skills, and entrepreneurial skills
  • Facilitate improvement of the partnership between employers, non-formal training/career orientation service providers and job seekers.

Notable results (systemic change, poverty impact)

Note on results
The programme is still in its inception phase. Future results will be measured in the following way:

Overall impact: better income and jobs

  • 4,000 people with additional income and decent job opportunities
  • 30 per cent of people with additional income and decent job opportunities who express satisfaction with their situation

Vocational training (formal & informal)

  • 8,000 people with improved skills and knowledge and increased employability (including self-employability)
  • 40 per cent of people who express satisfaction with the relevance of skills, knowledge and information services

Business & financial services

  • 40 per cent of private sector enterprises that report higher turnover and/or profit as a result of changes stimulated by the programme 
  • Additional investment made by private sector enterprises as a result of changes stimulated by the programme


  • 12 policies/regulations/administrative requirements that directly contribute to economic opportunities and improved business environment
  • 40 per cent of target groups and private enterprises who report increased economic opportunities and business environment

[uploaded February 2021]