Support for Implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Uzbekistan

The project supports all the main components of the DWCP of Uzbekistan, including strengthening social partnership in Uzbekistan for the realization of fundamental principles and rights at work, fostering decent employment opportunities and improving working conditions and social protection.

The ILO tripartite constituents in Uzbekistan initiated the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). Priorities, outcomes, indicators and strategies of the Programme were developed and agreed upon in the course of consultations between the national constituents and the technical specialists of the ILO. The Programme was signed  for 2014-2016 and extended in February 28th, 2017 until 2020  maintaining the same priorities.

The implementation plan for the DWCP is updated annually and provides for the framework of ILO’s technical assistance in the country. The project “Support for Implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme in Uzbekistan”, funded by the United States Department of Labour, was launched in December 2014, soon after the signing of the DWCP, as the main modality of ILO’s support in the country on Decent Work.

The objective of the Project is to support the prevention and reduction of child labour and forced labour especially in cotton, and promote decent work objectives in Uzbekistan, by building the knowledge, technical and institutional capacities of the constituents to monitor and promote decent working conditions, employment opportunities and a minimum social protection floor.

The Project provides technical assistance to assure that conditions of work and employment in agriculture, including in the cotton-growing industry, are in conformity with fundamental standards, enhances the capacity of workers and employers organizations to contribute to the realization of fundamental principles and rights at work.  It strengthens procedures and institutions for national tripartite social dialogue, promotes active policies for full, productive and freely chosen employment, including youth employment and facilitates technical assistance for effective operation of labour market institutions, including labour market information systems and employment services.

The Project applies a multifaceted approach, including reviews of law and practice,  conducting major surveys on recruitment practices and working conditions especially in agriculture, builds the institutional and staff capacities of  the tripartite social partners and importantly supports strengthening the capacity of key labour market institutions.