1. About

    Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP)

    The EIIP has over 40 years of experience in more than 70 countries giving it a unique portfolio of productive employment creation for economic development, social protection, and natural resource management.

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Employment intensive investments

Around the world millions of people lack infrastructure (roads, bridges, water supply, etc.) to access basic services (water, health, education). Improving infrastructure and maintaining them can improve living standards and have a direct impact in the quality of people’s lives. Productive community infrastructures can also contribute to reducing (rural and urban) poverty and have the potential for offering better economic and social benefits.

Employment-intensive investments, led by the ILO's Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP),  link infrastructure development with employment creation, poverty reduction and local economic and social development. In using local labour and resources they create much needed employment and income, reduce costs, save foreign currency, and support local industry while increasing the capacity of local institutions.

The combination of local participation in planning with the utilization of locally available skills, appropriate technology, materials and work methods has proven to be an effective and economically viable approach to infrastructure works and jobs creation in many countries.


  1. Online training course

    Designing Public Employment Programmes for a Sustainable Recovery

    12 May – 22 June 2021 (application deadline: 2 May 2021)

  2. Update

    Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP)'s response to COVID-19

    8 April, 2020
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Rationale for EIIP response, summary of actions, and helpful tools for partners

  3. UNIC Blog

    Adjusting the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic

  4. Publication

    NATURE HIRES: How Nature-based Solutions can power a green jobs recovery

    12 October, 2020
    Geneva, Switzerland

  5. Blog

    The construction sector can help lead the economic recovery - Here's how

    11 May, 2020,
    Geneva, Switzerland