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Technical and Vocational Skills Development in the Urban Informal Sector

The informal sector of employment involves roughly between 30% and 70% of the workforce of developing countries and generates about half of their GNP. Skills development needs to reflect the particular circumstances of the sector by providing flexible and directly applicable competences. The aim of the 4th BoCAED is on analysing the unique setting of Adult Education and non-formal learning in technical and vocational skills development (TVSD) in the informal sector, highlighting the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved and identifying best practices by fostering dialogue between practitioners and the scientific community.

As gender aspects play a strong role in in the informal sector, especially in regards to working conditions, gender perspectives will be mainstreamed throughout the conference.

The conference will be featuring a special issue of Adult Education and Development on Skills Development in the Informal Sector.

General Information

Date: October 16th and 17th 2013
Place: Bonn, Germany, Gustav Stresemann Institut
Target Groups:

  • Practitioners of education for the informal sector
  • Stakeholders of TVSD
  • Decision makers of Development Cooperation


The focus of BoCAED 2013 is on joint approaches of diverse stakeholders toward TVSD to enable people working in the informal economy to improve their livelihoods in urban settings.

Four steps will lead through the process

  • Introduction: background information on the informal economy and its role in the urban context. Approaches of TVSD in the informal sector, overview of stakeholders and previous experiences.
  • Best Practise: Successful interventions of TVSD in informal settings and sharing of experiences.
  • Stakeholders’ roles and their interaction: What are their functions in regards to TVSD in the informal sector and how can stakeholders collaborate successfully?
  • Next steps: can the International community, German development cooperation, and institutions of Adult Education support such processes?

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