Synthesis Documents

ILO Value Chain Development Portfolio Analysis, 2011

    This report is an analysis of what the ILO has done and is doing in 27 Value Chain Development-related projects. It is a response to the rapid expansion of ILO's value chain development portfolio in recent years, and also seeks to address the recommendation of the report entitled "Value chain development approaches and activities by seven UN agencies and opportunities for interagency cooperation" (2011)to better define the specialization of each UN agency, and improve possibilities for inter-agency cooperation.

    The first chapter of the study provides a brief introduction to the emergence of value chain analysis in the ILO. Chapter two is a description of the methodology used for the analysis of ILO interventions in VCD-related projects. Chapter three outlines major trends in the ILO’s VCD project portfolio. Chapter
    four takes a closer look at ILO’s specific interventions in the 27 VCD-related projects, draws conclusions from four project case-studies and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of ILO’s VCD portfolio. Finally, chapter five draws conclusions and recommendations based on the ILO’s work in Value Chain

    Summary of results
    The report has eight main conclusions:

    First, the ILO needs to improve the way that projects conduct sector selection and Value Chain Analysis. Secondly the job quality aspects of ILO’s VCD interventions need to be strengthened. Thirdly, the ILO needs to be able to better document its impact on job creation. Fourthly, the ILO should continue to strengthen its profile in capacity building for Value Chain Development. Fifthly, there is a need for better knowledge-management if the ILO is to succeed in the above areas.

    Sixthly there is a need for more resource mobilization at HQ level in order to: (i) better support quality improvement in ongoing projects, (ii) improve general knowledge management (iii) improve impact measurement and, (iv) develop new tools specifically for national stakeholder capacity building. Seventhly more integration of VCD projects is needed with macroeconomic analysis and research.

    Finally there is a need to create a set of common indicators that would make VCD projects more comparable.This is also linked to improving the general monitoring and evaluation framework in many projects. First steps have been taken by pilot-testing the DCED measurement standard in two VCD projects. This needs to include more quantitative data collection and impact measurement in order to ultimately improve outcomes.

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