Employment Outcomes of Skills Training in South Asian Countries: An Evidence Summary

An evidence summary and contextualisation report of review findings for India and Nepal


This evidence summary focuses on the employment and its related outcomes that can be derived from the training interventions, in the Low and Middle-Income countries, particularly in South Asia. It also attempts to address secondary questions surrounding the training providers, the barriers and enablers to the outcome, the intensity, cost-effectiveness and other related outcomes.

The summary specifically focuses on South Asia countries including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The final systematic reviews selected for the summary include diverse training programs and target groups - youth, women, Micro- Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), health workers and people with disabilities. This provides an in-depth understanding of the employment outcomes based on specific training interventions for a focused audience.

This report was commissioned under the Department for International Development’s Systematic Review Programme for South Asia.


Ilavarasan, P.V., Kar, A.K. and Aswani, R. (2017). Employment outcomes of skills training in low and middle income South Asian countries: An evidence summary. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.]

Published 1 November 2017