News and Press releases

April 2010

  1. Norwegian Support to Women Entrepreneurship in Mozambique

    12 April 2010

    From 22nd to 26th March, representatives from Mozambican Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations gathered in Maputo for a comprehensive training session in association management.

March 2010

  1. National Workshop on Mainstreaming Employment and Decent Work into the national development plan and strategies

    30 March 2010

    The workshop was held at Rainbow Towers, Harare, Zimbabwe and it covered 1.The essence of the Decent Work Agenda and the Toolkit for mainstreaming employment and decent work 2.The Global Jobs Pact and 3.Confronting the employment challenges in Zimbabwe.

  2. More women choosing to work, but gender equality remains a long way off

    05 March 2010

    Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment, according to a new report by the International Labour Office.

February 2010

  1. High Level Publicity Launch Of The Kadoma Declaration – “Towards A Shared National Social And Economic Vision”

    26 February 2010

    The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency R.G. Mugabe, has officially launched the beginning of a publicity campaign for the Kadoma Declaration – “Towards a Shared National Social and Economic Vision” (the Declaration) on Friday 26 February, 2010.

  2. Regional Director's Visit to Harare

    10 February 2010

    Mr Charles Dan, Regional Director for Africa and Mr. Michel Gozo, Special Advisor to the Regional Director recently passed through the Harare Office on the 10th of February 2010 on their way to the ARLAC Governing Council meeting in Kariba, Zimbabwe.

  3. Twelve project proposals selected by Coop Africa Challenge Fund

    10 February 2010

    Among 192 projects received by the Selection Committee, twelve proposals have been selected during the fourth call for funding by the Challenge Fund in 2010. Coop Africa will provide funding worth USD 635,000.

November 2009

  1. ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running

    03 November 2009

    Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization said. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early. Wage deflation deprives national economies of much needed demand and seriously affects confidence”, said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and lead author of the study.

October 2009

  1. Informal employment curbs trade benefits for developing countries

    12 October 2009

    A joint study from the International Labour Organization and the WTO has found that high incidence of informal employment in the developing world suppresses countries' ability to benefit from trade opening by creating poverty traps for workers in job transition. “The study confirms what we know from experience, that by promoting complementarity between decent work objectives and trade, financial and labour market policies, developing countries are much better placed to benefit from trade opening, advance the social dimension of globalization, and to cope with the current crisis” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

  2. ILO welcomes US funding to tackle child labour worldwide

    08 October 2009

    The International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) has welcomed the award of the US Department of Labour of $59 million in new grants to combat child labour in 19 countries around the world. A large part of these funds are to support ILO-IPEC country projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where despite the significant progress in the past years in combating child labour, millions of children are still forced to work at the expense of their health, education and future.

September 2009

  1. G20 Commit to Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

    25 September 2009

    Leaders of the G20 have welcomed the ILO Global Jobs Pact and the building of “an employment-oriented framework for future economic growth”. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who was invited to present a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection to the Pittsburgh Summit said, “I welcome the significant commitment of the Leaders to “implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth.”