Evaluation of Swedish International Training Programme (ITP) 288 ; “The Role of Labour Market Policies in Poverty Alleviation” 2009-2015 - Final Report
Sida Decentralised Evaluation
Eric Buhl-Nielsen , Bertil Oskarsson
This report presents the findings from evaluation of the International Training Programme on the role of labour market policies in poverty alleviation. The programme has been organised and managed by the Swedish Employment Service (“Arbetsförmedlingen”) from 2009 to 2015. The programme targets participants from public and private institutions, as well as CSOs addressing the areas of labour market policies, active labour market measures and social dialogue. This evaluation has focused on identifying results and lessons learned, with a view to future programme development. The evaluation findings show that the programme is relevant for Sweden’s priority area of private sector development and contributes to the global and country strategy priorities of poverty reduction and gender equality, as well as the human rights based approach in that it improves the prospects for employment of youth and marginal groups. Sweden’s long tradition of working with active labour market policies and concrete actions has served the programme well. Arbetsförmedlingen has made good use of the existing Swedish resource base to further enrich the programme. Participating institutions and the individual participants have found the programme highly relevant in supporting reforms and improving labour market policies and practices. The programme has succeeded in attracting a balanced group of participants representing policy makers, employers, trade unions and others.