Jobs and livelihoods remain a key global concern. For substantial poverty reduction needed to meet SDG 1, socially-balanced growth is critical. Over the next decade, an estimated 600 million productive jobs are urgently needed to sustain growth and maintain social cohesion. Inclusive growth broadens development discourse beyond alleviating extreme poverty to how growth can be more equitable and inclusive. It emphasises equal opportunities in terms of access to markets, resources, and an unbiased regulatory environment for businesses and individuals. This ensures participation by all in the growth process, and an equitable share in prosperity (SDG 10) resulting from economic growth. Sustainable development ensures a better quality of life (SDG 11) – now and in the future – and economic growth while protecting the environment (SDG 12), with key strategies including economic diversification and technological innovation (SDG 9). PEM's guiding values in this area follow the fundamental principles of the UN Global Compact, international codes of decent work (ILO Agenda and SDG 8), protection of the environment, and fighting corruption

Main areas of expertise:

  • Improving regulatory framework for SMEs

  • Strengthening demand-oriented and market-responsive business development

  • Improving labour market relevance and quality of skills training/TVET

  • Empowering private/informal sectors to participate in policy dialogue

  • Enhancing competitiveness through capacity development