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|Leiden University catalogue
|An Overview of Training Programs and Approaches for the Informal Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
|Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
|Training of individuals is one of the direct strategies to promote the informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa. This sector provides employment for the bulk of the urban population and is second only to smallholder agriculture as a rural employer. The authors review a wide range of training approaches employed to support new entrants into the informal sector, upgrade existing skills and assist disadvantaged groups, such as landless rural households, women, youth, homeless street youth, neglected ethnic groups, and the physically and mentally disabled. Apart from direct funding, the government is expected to formulate policies that would create a favourable environment for the private sector and NGOs to participate in the provision of training. However, there are limits to what can be achieved through training alone. Successful training programmes are often an integral part of small enterprise promotion packages, which attempt to address several interrelated needs simultaneously. Bibliogr., sum.