Sub-principle 3.B

Promote inclusive, bottom-up and innovative partnerships and raise awareness of engagement opportunities


Why is it important?


Developing inclusive partnerships is complex due to the disparity of contexts, the diversity and lived experiences of the different partners, and the inherent power imbalances that exist. The participation of all stakeholders, in particular local actors and the informal sector, is the only way to ensure context-adapted solutions, the basis for the sustainability of any project. Importance should be placed on forming mixed teams, different actors and a diversity of disciplines. Trade unions are key for upholding the rights to freedom of association and assembly, understanding the regulatory environment, and ensuring meaningful participation in decision making.

Self-reflection questions
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  • Can you build and act upon the evidence of what works and what doesn’t in PSE policy making and PSE projects and programmes?
  • Are there areas in which co-operatives and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) could be more involved in terms of PSE policy and project implementation? 
  • How are engagement opportunities disseminated to trade union members? 
  • If you are involved in a PSE project, have you discussed with partners how this partnership could contribute to formalising the informal economy?
  • How can you help raise awareness of engagement opportunities among other stakeholders, notably companies in the informal sector? 

Actions to consider
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  • Engage with development partners to be informed of partnership opportunities, PSE projects being implemented in the country and development partners’ policies on PSE.
  • Raise awareness among trade unions and other stakeholders about PSE opportunities.
  • If involved in the PSE project, support the identification of and access to partners involved at the community level, including co-operatives, local MSMEs, grassroots movements, community-level efforts or locally owned entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • If involved in the PSE project, ensure you advocate to be involved in all relevant strategic stages of project planning and implementation. 
  • If involved in the PSE project, build in flexibility to enable collaboration at various stages of the partnership. 

Pitfalls to avoid
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  • Develop preconceived notions or biases and don’t be inflexible. 

Country-level examples

In Kenya, the Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) lists the constant harassment of its members (including sexual harassment) by local and municipal authorities, punitive taxation and poor working conditions as some of its main concerns. Social dialogue between KENASVIT and local authorities led to several initiatives to promote equal access to economic resources, basic services and financial services, including microfinance for the poor and the vulnerable. Social dialogue has also promoted policies that support productive activities, decent job creation and entrepreneurship and encourages the formalisation and growth of micro- and small-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services. Education and campaigns on labour rights and fundamental freedoms have improved the working conditions of informal economy traders. These efforts have also significantly reduced child labour in the informal economy.

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