Tripartite consultation workshops are among the primary activities under the MAP project, as they enable constituents to self-monitor and self-assess progress in decent work and inform policy making.
The DW Country Profile aims at providing a baseline assessment of recent progress in the various components of decent work in the country. The validation workshops are organized to ensure that the profiles are finalised in line with the expectations of the ILO’s tripartite constituents, and contain the most accurate and credible data and analysis.
Participants from various government agencies, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and research organizations, NGOs and international organizations participate in the validation workshops. These workshops provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to discuss the:
(a) Main findings from the data presented in the profile, and the main decent work deficits they highlight in the country;
(b) Data collection gaps that need to be overcome in order to better monitor decent work at the national level; and
(c) Possible uses of the profile, particularly in policymaking and national development planning, and the monitoring and evaluation of the Decent Work Country Programme.
In particular, these workshops focus on technical discussions in the following key areas:
• The content of each chapter, referring to the statistical indicators, the legal framework information and the analytical text;
• The strengths and possible uses of the Profile, e.g. as baseline information to inform development policies and programmes, an advocacy tool to mainstream decent work into national planning;
• The policy implications of the Profile, e.g. how the Profile can help national constituents to better define decent work country priorities and advocate for appropriate policies? How can the Profile aid the design, implementation, and monitoring of national development plans and programmes?
• The way forward, e.g. how often the Profile should be updated and in what form; how can data collection for Decent Work Indicators be sustained as part of the national statistical programme (to ensure regular monitoring of decent work); what can be done differently for future updates (data collection and analysis)?
The main outputs and outcomes of these workshops are:
• Detailed comments made by the tripartite constituents on the statistical data, legal framework information and the analytical text of the Profile;
• Validation of the profile by tripartite constituents;
• Recommendations for future policymaking to address decent work deficits, and recommendations on how the profile can be used to support the design, implementation and monitoring of the Rectangular Strategy / National Strategic Development Plan, and Decent Work Country Programme;
• Consensus among constituents on how the Profile should be disseminated and used (launch event to be organized);
• Consensus on the way forward for future updates of the Profile (form and regularity, new indicators, etc.).
During these meetings, stakeholders may also advise on how to further improve the methodology used for identifying decent work indicators, producing statistics, and analyzing trends. This activity is expected to contribute to higher national ownership of the decent work objective and to project sustainability. They should also inform how the results and main findings of country studies should be reflected in national decent work strategies and/or ILO Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs).