The Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) was developed in collaboration with the UNHCR, with whom the ILO has been partnering since 2013. This website presents the work of the ILO-SME Unit on promoting market system development for entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises in forced displacement settings.
AIMS applies the "Making Markets Work for the Poor ” (also known as M4P or market systems development) and the Value Chain Development for Decent Work Approach to forced displacement settings with the aim of developing holistic and market-based livelihoods strategies for refugees and local hosting communities.
Whereas traditional approaches tend to focus on “refugee livelihoods” and strengthening skills and competencies of refugees (e.g. through vocational training), the ILO introduced the “push-pull approach” that seeks to work on both, the demand and supply, sides of the labour market. AIMS therefore offers a holistic and market-based framework for livelihoods strategies.