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The ILO launched the 1st ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call on January 29th with the topic: “Finding solutions to skills mismatch”. 473 participants from 96 different countries submitted proposals on a wide variety of solutions. These participants included TVET institutions, workers’ organizations, start-ups, NGOs, research institutions, young people, among others.

The Call was won by the Domestic Worker Centre, an initiative of the Domestic Workers Association of Zimbabwe, for a proposal to provide specialised training in modern domestic skills to improve workers’ employability.

A Skills Innovation Lab has been set up to accompany the Domestic Workers Association of Zimbabwe through its innovation journey. As part of the Labs activities, an online bootcamp will take place in the third week of November to provide the required support to help the DWAZ to implement its project.

The Innovation Bootcamp will benefit from the expertise of ILO experts in Skills development and Domestic Workers, as well as from a range of stakeholders including ILO Constituents, UN agencies, research institutions, academic and implementing partners, local partners and potential beneficiaries.

Objectives of the Innovation Bootcamp

  • Deep dive into the project challenge “Setting up a domestic workers training centre in Harare, Zimbabwe”
  • Re-frame the overall innovation challenge with the target audience in mind and open up additional innovation entry points for the project


Monday, November 16

  • Reformulate the challenge

Tuesday, November 17

  • Ideate project design elements

Wednesday, November 18

  • Ideate project design elements

Thursday, November 19 Friday, November 20

  • Prototype, test, and finalize plan

Source of original article: International Labour Organization (
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