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Formalize Your Business (FYB) Training

Enterprise formalization is not an objective in itself. It is a means to an end. It promotes progress towards transforming economies and strengthening the resilience of men and women entrepreneurs and the workers that they employ, many of whom are currently part of the informal economy, to promote decent work.

The ILO Formalize Your Business (FYB) programme is an in-class training which is implemented over 3 half-day sessions (15 hours). It is designed to support the transition of informal economic units and their workers to the formal economy. It aims to create awareness among entrepreneurs on the importance of formalizing their businesses and complying with national legislation, and seeks to address key constraints faced by small enterprises to achieve a just transition to formality. The training can be implemented as part of a wider approach to create a more conducive environment for entrepreneurship, business development and growth.

The FYB training contains two components:
  • Generic component: Explores the various dimensions of business formalization relating to, among others, business registration, bookkeeping systems, labour laws, taxation and social security requirements.
  • Country component: Explains the practicalities of achieving enterprise formalization at the national and local level. These relate to, among others, documents, time and money required for business registration and compliance.
The ILO FYB training can be carried out as a stand-alone training or combined with the ILO Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme.

Adaptation and implementation at the country level

The FYB training programme has been developed for Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia and Senegal in collaboration with key constituents and partners. It is also currently being implemented in Bolivia and Lebanon.

The adaptation of the FYB training programme to a specific country is done through five steps and takes approximately 6 months.

Step 1: Map out key actors and initiatives which support the transition to formality in the selected country.

Step 2: Collect and validate step-by-step information on registration and compliance.

Step 3: Adapt training tools to the requirements of the selected country.

Step 4: Review training tools and materials, and validate whether they are in line with the identified country requirements.

Step 5: Conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT), and roll out FYB training to entrepreneurs in the informal sector.

The ILO Enterprise Formalization team supports adaptation by providing planning and guidance on the process, generic training tools, TORs for consultants, standard layout templates and templates for information booklets and MOUs (in English and French). The team also conducts content revision and quality control, and ensures harmonization of training tools across countries.

Our impact

The ILO is partnering with key national stakeholders such as the Agency for the Development and Supervision of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ADEPME) in Senegal and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in The Gambia, in order to mainstream enterprise formalization practices, provide capacity building, enhance local ownership, and advance enterprise formalization and decent work at the national level, with attention to gender equality.


  1. Launch of FYB training in Bolivia

    An adapted FYB training programme is currently being implemented in Bolivia under the ILO Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Programme


  1. Promotion of formal and innovative entrepreneurship in Senegal

    ILO and its strategic partner, ADEPME, implements measures to support Senegal's business development structures to facilitate transition to formality.

  2. Testimonies from entrepreneurs

    Beneficiaries of FYB training share their perspectives on the benefits of formalization, and the role of FYB training in raising awareness and providing practical advice on how to achieve it.

  3. Testimonies from partners

    The Agency for the Development and Supervision of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ADEPME) shares its experience working with the ILO, as well as its perspectives on the relevance of FYB training (French).

Côte d'Ivoire

  1. FYB training benefits entrepreneurs in Côte d'Ivoire

    ILO pilots the FYB training in Côte d'Ivoire under the ILO Support to the Resilience of Informal Economy Workers and Enterprises and Post-Crisis Recovery COVID-19 project.