Decent work matters in crisis. It is a powerful, tested rope that pulls people and societies out of crises and sets them on a sustainable development path. Decent and stable jobs offer crisis-affected people not only income, but also freedom, security, dignity, self-esteem, hope, and a stake in the reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities.
The Greek etymology of the word “crisis” suggests a decision, a turning point. The ILO responds to this concept comprehensively. Its crisis response programme seeks to reduce the dangers for crisis victims – of poverty, marginalization, and conflict – while promoting opportunities for employment, reconciliation, and development.