Labor markets—and the diversity and quality of jobs that are available—play a critically important role in the resilience of extremely poor households and their long-term pathway out of poverty. Through its Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project, USAID is exploring strategies to further the inclusive nature of market systems development, and labor is one important element of this.

In this webinar, Lucy Scott of ODI’s Chronic Poverty Advisor Network framed the importance of labor, drawing on recent research from ODI’s Working Out of Chronic Poverty: an Employment Policy Guide. Marian Boquiren of SDC Asia presented her experience as an implementer merging labor market development work with the very poor within the context of a broader mariculture value chain development project in the Philippines. Marian shared how her project applied both push and pull strategies at various sequenced stages—including private sector-provided asset bundles, technical training, aspiration and behavior change interventions, linkages and relationship building, and market development work—to facilitate more inclusive systems and pathways out of poverty for the poor.

Relive this exciting LEO project-sponsored webinar, hosted by SEEP's Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI) and the Strengthening the Economic Potential of the Ultra Poor (STEP UP) Working Group.

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