The political economy of social protection in Africa: From global trends to policymaking in Ethiopia and Uganda
1 April 2015
Recent years have seen growing interest in social protection as a means of reducing poverty and promoting development among international organisations, donor agencies and many developing countries. Yet there is huge variation in the experiences of African countries, with some governments moving rapidly ahead to adopt and implement social protection programmes, while others have been unable to agree on policy priorities or, in some cases, have been actively resistant to the idea of social protection. This seminar will introduce an ongoing project at the Research Centre on Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) that is examining the interaction between transnational ideas and domestic political economy in the adoption and implementation of social assistance and health insurance programmes in five study countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The seminar will present the project, an overview of global trends in social protection ideas, and provisional results of studies analysing the development of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in Ethiopia and the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) in Uganda.
24 March 2015
The ILO Research Department organizes a seminar on poverty reduction and the consumption floor in developing countries.
26 February 2015
The middle class is an important group of interest not only because they are the main driver of economic activity and, therefore, crucial to the economic development of any country, but also because they are an interest group which influences political and social life. To this effect, a very timely report has been recently released, Arab Middle Class: measurement and role in driving change. This Report proposes a new methodology of measuring and defining the middle class based on the household consumption patterns. It also profiles the middle class according to age, employment status, education level, among others. The report also discusses the social, economic and political challenges of the middle class and their role in the Arab uprisings. The Report concludes that in order for the Arab region to implement a new development model, the empowered middle class has to play a vital role in designing the process of economic, social and political transformation.
16 February 2015
Since 2008, labour productivity in Europe experiences strong breaks. Most EU countries -including the top three economies- are facing flat or declining productivity. The employment performance in countries such as Germany and the UK are remarkable. By contrast, Spain long marked by a lack of productivity gains witnessed a spectacular revival in the apparent productivity.
6 February 2015
Panel discussion on ‘Emerging issues’: “Contributions of Social Development to the Transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals”
5 February 2015
The ILO Office for the Andean Countries hosted the regional workshop “Effectiveness of Labour Provisions in Free Trade Agreements” as part of a research project developed by the ILO Research Department in cooperation with the Canadian, Flemish and Swiss Governments. The seminar offered an international forum for discussing evidence on the practical implications of labour provisions in trade agreements with a focus mostly on Latin America, their effectiveness and lessons learned.
29 January 2015
20 January 2015
Presentation of "Productivity and unemployment: a scale-by-scale panel data analysis for the G7 countries"
16 January 2015
Presentation by Marco Gallegati, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona. Does productivity growth increase or reduce unemployment? Productivity is a factor of economic growth and also has ambivalent effects on employment. The discussion will shed a new light on this issue, showing the impact of productivity on employment over different time horizons.
11 December 2014
In cooperation with the European Commission, the Research Department of the ILO and the ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries are pleased to invite you to participate in the joint ILO/EC International Conference “Competitiveness and Jobs in Europe” that will take place on the 11th of December 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. A lack of competitiveness has been identified by many as the underlying issue at the heart of European labour market imbalances. Different views have been expressed with respect to how to tackle competitiveness problems, while boosting more and better jobs.