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  1. Publication

    The enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Malawi

    28 February 2013

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    Green Jobs

    Environmental sustainability is not a job killer

    27 February 2013

    ILO Green Jobs Programme coordinator, Peter Poschen, outlines the business and job opportunities that could emerge from a shift to a greener economy.

  3. Youth entrepreneurship

    From slum living to company director

    25 February 2013

    One woman’s success story shows how green entrepreneurship could be an answer to both youth unemployment and environmental degradation in Africa.

  4. Press release

    New green economy partnership responds to Rio+20 Call for Action

    19 February 2013

    Four UN agencies to assist 30 countries in transition to a green economy

  5. Event

    Enterprise Development through Value Chains and Business Service Markets

    The course is highly relevant for professionals developing and implementing Value Chain and enterprise development projects in rural and urban areas. It offers a unique on-the-job learning opportunity using practical tools and lessons from enterprise development programs that have reached thousands of small enterprises in rural and urban areas.

  6. Event

    Inter-Agency Workshop: Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy

    The ILO organizes an Inter-Agency Workshop in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Working Group of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). Participants of this workshop will review and compare current approaches, tools and practices to assess and promote jobs and social inclusion in a green economy.

  7. Publication

    Impact Insurance Research Paper #29: Understanding and information failures

    01 February 2013

    Reserach Paper #29 attempts to understand the factors underlying the low take up and renewal rates frequently observed in insurance programmes in poor countries. Based on experience in India, the findings suggest that deficient information about the insurance product and the functioning of the scheme, poor understanding of the insurance concept, and the resulting low use of the insurance products by eligible households are some of the main causes of low enrolment and renewal rates.

  8. Publication

    Impact Insurance Research Paper #30: What is a health card worth?

    01 February 2013

    Research Paper #30 presents the results of a randomized control trial that evaluated the impact of CARE Foundation´s out-patient insurance cards. The insurance product encouraged more frequent visits to community health workers, leading to earlier identification of illnesses and more timely referrals to a doctor or hospital. Since patients were treated at an earlier stage, they spent fewer days in hospital and costs were lower. In the project, community health workers were trained and deployed in villages to offer preventive care consultations, make referrals to a doctor when needed, and sell outpatient health insurance.

  9. Publication

    Briefing Note #16: Value-added services in health microinsurance

    01 February 2013

    Value-added services are an increasingly important component of health microinsurance. Though evidence on their impact is limited, they demonstrate potential to increase demand and improve health outcomes. Briefing Note #16 provides an overview of current developments, highlights the experiences of those already providing them, and points to the potential they hold.

  10. Publication

    Impact Insurance Working Paper #20: Why people do not buy microinsurance and what can we do about it

    01 February 2013

    This paper helps practitioners understand what factors determine demand for their microinsurance products. Based on a review of more than 30 studies, it blends academic findings with practical examples and presents solutions to improve demand. Incorporating these into a marketing strategy does not need to be a costly exercise. These findings debunk some of the most common myths about the demand for microinsurance such as "People don´t buy insurance because they don´t understand it".