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Title:An Overview of Training Programs and Approaches for the Informal Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Demeke, MulatISNI
Wolday AmhaISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:informal sector
nonformal education
vocational education
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Training programmes
Occupational training
Executives--Training of
Skills development
Abstract: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.