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February 2017

  1. © Stefan Magdalinski 2017

    World Day of Social Justice

    Decent work for social justice

    20 February 2017

    On World Day of Social Justice (20 February), ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underscores the challenge of bridging the social and economic gaps which have arisen as a result of growing inequality.

  2. International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

    How small tourism businesses in Nepal are turning more professional

    17 February 2017

    The disastrous 2015 earthquake seriously damaged Nepal’s tourist industry. Now that the tourists are starting to return, they’re discovering something new about the way Nepalese businesses are welcoming visitors.

  3. Series: Guides for Integrated Rural Access Planning and Community Contracting in the Water and Sanitation sector

    Community Contracting to execute public works and manage services: Guide No. 3

    15 February 2017

  4. Series: Guides for Integrated Rural Access Planning and Community Contracting in the Water and Sanitation sector

    Conceptual guide for Integrated Rural Access Planning and Community Contracting in the Water and Sanitation sector: Guide No.1

    15 February 2017

  5. Our impact, their stories

    Renewable energy production boosts hope for job creation in Egypt

    14 February 2017

    How an ILO pilot project that produces biogas in two Egyptian villages is creating jobs and reducing pollution.

  6. ILO What Works Research Brief No. 6

    Reducing Decent Work Deficits in Periods of Low Growth

    10 February 2017

    In recent years, the global economy has been gravitating towards what could be considered ‘new normal’ lower levels of growth. The idea of persistently lower growth has become increasingly important as GDP growth rates continue to remain below expectations, and lower than the rates achieved in the pre-crisis period. Should this protracted period of lower growth prove to be structural rather than cyclical, an adjusted approach to reducing decent work deficits will be called for. Indeed, at current levels of growth, the capacity of the global economy to create a sufficient number of quality jobs and achieve the target of “full and productive employment and decent work for all”, as set out in Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Agenda, may be compromised.

  7. © Matteo Paciotti 2017

    Social protection

    More long-term care services for the elderly needed in Central-Eastern Europe

    10 February 2017

    ILO study highlights shortage of quality long-term services for older people in the region while a significant number of female migrant workers move to Western Europe to fill existing gaps. We asked Kenichi Hirose, co-author of the research with Zofia Czepulis-Rutkowska, to tell us more about these trends.

  8. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    Feature article

    With Millions Displaced by Climate Change or Extreme Weather, Is There a Role for Labor Migration Pathways?

    03 February 2017

    Even as huge attention in the past two years has been focused on the movement of people fleeing their homes due to war or political instability, far less attention has been given to the millions displaced by the effects of climate change or extreme-weather events. Few opportunities for legal migration exist for these populations, however. This article explores the potential of regular labor mobility pathways to serve as a safe outlet for displaced populations in the areas most susceptible to the effects of climate change.

  9. Our impact, their stories

    From brooms to books: Ranjita returns to school

    01 February 2017

    Many choose migration to escape poverty for themselves and their families. The ILO’s Work in Freedom programme reduces vulnerability to trafficking of women and girls by supporting informed migration, fair recruitment and decent work.

January 2017

  1. Forced labour

    From slave to university student

    27 January 2017

    As we mark Brazil’s National Day to Combat Forced Labour on 28 January, read the true story of Rafael Ferreira, who was forced into slavery in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso when he was 12 years old. Five years later he was rescued and is now about to start university with the help of the ILO.