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Evaluation of the integration of decent work into the development of value chains

Progressing towards Decent Work in value chains?
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From December 2022 to October 2023, the Special Evaluation Office conducted an evaluation of the integration of decent work into the development of value chains. The final report and summary are available in English.

Since 2013, decent work is one of the priority themes of the Belgian Development Cooperation. This evaluation examined the integration of decent work within Belgian interventions with a focus on the development of sustainable (agricultural) value chains.

The interventions examined were funded by DGD and implemented by Enabel, BIO, non-governmental cooperation and specific programmes such as Trade for Development Centre and Beyond Chocolate.

The aim of the evaluation was to draw lessons and provide concrete recommendations to improve Belgium's approach to decent work.

Six study missions took place in three continents, namely Africa (Benin, Ivory Coast, Rwanda), South America (Ecuador) and Asia (Vietnam).


On the restitution of Friday, October 27, 2023, the conclusions and more in-depth findings of the evaluation were presented. Several actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation were present: DGD, Enabel, BIO, embassies, and non-governmental cooperation. International and local NGOs also participated.

Three panels deepened the discussions on living income in global value chains, measuring decent work and incentives for decent work.

Speeches given by Minister of Development Cooperation Caroline Gennez, and ILO expert Elvis Beytullayev complemented the findings.