- Second prize (USD 20,000): #ElasporElas: Ferramenta de Educação Digital para o Empreendedorismo, led by Brazil's Serviço Social da Indústria (SESI). This digital education application aims at promoting the formalization of women in contexts of social vulnerability by supporting digital inclusion, formal entrepreneurship and financial independence of female victims of violence.
"The digital revolution, technological transformations and trends associated with the future of work, which have been accelerated by the pandemic, open an opportunity to adopt innovative solutions that support the insertion of economic units into formal value chains, through the use of new technologies," said Vinícius Pinheiro, Director of the ILO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
“This call for proposals on e-formality and skills development has shown the enormous potential for identifying innovative and effective solutions for formalization in the region, demonstrating the power of creativity and innovation to improve labour market outcomes”, he added.
"The ILO launched this 2nd Skills Challenge Innovation Call, recognizing the importance and active roles of individuals and organizations in driving innovation in skill systems and addressing pressing challenges around the informality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Addressing the issue of informality through skills development is not an easy task, but we are so grateful to have received innovative, creative and targeted solutions to overcome these difficulties. This really demonstrate how informality and skills development are interrelated and timely topics that affect the lives of many people and require the engagement of multiple stakeholders on the ground”, explained Srinivas Reddy, Chief of the ILO Skills and Employability Branch.
He added that “it is important that we see the Skills Challenge Innovation Call not as a one-off event, but rather as a first step to build a skills innovation ecosystem that supports great ideas and turn them into real and concrete solutions”.