INCLUDE Platform
Policy highlights:
  • In many developing countries non-formal and informal learning is the most important, if not the only, way through which people receive any form of skills training. However, the acquired skills are rarely formally recognized, which renders workers vulnerable, for example, in terms of job security and income.
  • Since the informal sector’s contribution to the GDP of developing countries is typically very high, skills certification for informal workers would not only improve their individual well-being, it would also benefit economic development in general.
  • To promote skills recognition in the informal sector, it is recommended that policymakers: 1) invest in affordable, reliable and efficient public infrastructure to accommodate the process of recognition; 2) establish methods to efficiently identify, document and test skills, including an examination system in relation to the national qualifications framework; 3) ensure transparency and efficient communication about skills standards, training opportunities and examination, for instance, through information campaigns.

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