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close this bookJobs for Africa - Towards a Programme of Action - Report of the ILO/UNDP Programme on Employment Generation and Poverty Reduction (ILO - UNDP, 1997, 107 p.)
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View the documentPreface
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View the documentProgramme justification
View the documentProgramme Objective
View the documentContents
close this folderChapter 1: Capacity building at the national level
View the document1.1 Poverty reducing employment strategies for sub-Saharan Africa7
close this folderChapter 2: Technical assistance for the generation of employment and reduction of poverty
View the document2.1 Technical Assistance at the Regional Level
close this folder2.2 Technical Assistance at the National Level
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View the document2.2.1 Promoting social dialogue for training
close this folder2.2.2 Small and medium enterprise development
View the documenti. Local Economic Development and Employment creation through Micro and Small Enterprise Promotion
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View the documentiii. Support to the development of the Informal economy
View the document2.2.3 A poverty and employment monitoring action technical assistance programme
View the document2.2.4 Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme (EIP)
View the document2.2.5 Policies and programmes to enhance women's employment
View the document2.2.6 Policies and programmes for job creation through rural development
View the document2.2.7 Job creation through cooperatives in Africa
close this folderAnnex
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close this folderPart 1: Context
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View the documentPromoting poverty-reducing employment on the basis of investment-led growth
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View the document2.1 Problem to be addressed: the present situation
View the document2.2 Expected end of project situation
View the document2.3 Target beneficiaries
View the document2.4 Reasons for assistance from UNDP
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close this folderPart 3: Project Strategies and Implementation Arrangements
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View the documentNational Strategy and Implementation Arrangements
View the documentRegional Programme Strategy and Implementation Arrangements
View the documentPart 4: Development Objective
close this folderPart 5: Immediate Objectives, Outputs and Activities
View the document5.1 Immediate Objective 1
View the document5.2 Immediate Objective 2
View the document5.3 Immediate Objective 3
View the document5.4 Immediate Objective 4
View the documentPart 6: Benchmarks for Success
View the documentPart 7: Inputs
View the documentPart 8: Risks
View the documentPart 9: Prior Obligations and Prerequisites
View the documentPart 10: Project Reviews, Reporting and Evaluation
View the documentPart 11: Legal Context
View the documentPart 12: Budgets
View the documentAnnex I: Typical sequences of Project activities at National level
View the documentAnnex II: Schedule of Project
View the documentAnnex III: Job Descriptions Project Manager/CTA
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Back Cover


After almost two “lost decades”, sub-Saharan Africa, long beset by economic adversity and civil disorder, is showing the first signs of an economic recovery, with at least 24 countries enjoying economic growth greater than the increase in their population. The overall economic growth rate in sub-Saharan Africa rose to 3.7 per cent in 1995, up from 1.9 per cent in 1994. “Jobs for Africa” represents an attempt by the UN System to contribute to building the capacity of African countries to reverse past decline.

While recovery prospects can be boosted by further domestic reforms and increased international investment, accelerated job and income growth are now critical to sustaining the upturn and maintaining political stability in what has become the world's poorest region. Nearly 75 per cent of the labour force in sub-Saharan Africa (approximately 314 million men and women, or 9 per cent of the world's labour force) still work outside the formal economy, often in subsistence agriculture or in low productivity “informal” activities.

In a first volume entitled “Jobs for Africa: A Policy Framework for an Employment-Intensive Growth Strategy” it was argued that “Africa has no alternative but to embark on a process of sustained GDP growth if it is to avoid continued marginalization” in the global economy.

The present Report proposes a Programme of Action in order to implement an investment-led growth strategy for employment creation and poverty reduction with major emphasis on building the capacity of African countries to design and implement their own policies.

ISBN 92-2-110926-7