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March 2014

  1. Publication

    A partnership to combat child labour in the chocolate and cocoa industry

    21 March 2014

    This partnership in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire between the ILO and a number of companies in the chocolate and confectionery industry seeks to eliminate child labour and to ensure workforce continuity in cocoa growing farms by younger generations. The partnership contributes to the implementation of the 2010 Framework of Action to Support Implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol on child labour in cocoa, and addresses the multiple causes of child labour, such as household poverty, the reliance of families on their children’s income, and the lack of access to education.

  2. Publication

    Reducing the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Tobacco-Growing Communities in Brazil, Malawi and Zambia

    21 March 2014

    Brazil, Malawi and Zambia are among the largest producers of tobacco worldwide. A combination of factors, however, such as the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, cultural acceptance of child labour, and the accepted distribution and use of land, have exacerbated the incidence of child labour in these countries.

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    Enhancing Zambian SME’s competitiveness and access to finance

    21 March 2014

    Between 2010 and 2012 The African Development Bank (AfDB) supported a national programme that provided loans to selected SMEs through a number of commercial banks in the country. Crucial to this overall programme was the provision of technical assistance to commercial banks and business development service providers to help them better meet the needs of SMEs, particularly women-owned and managed SMEs.

  4. Publication

    Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (WED) in South Africa: The Abafazi Incubator Project

    21 March 2014

    The WED programme focuses on establishing an enabling environment for women’s entrepreneurship initiatives through increasing their access to service providers while improving income-generation, productivity and competitiveness. This is achieved through building the capacity of governments, employers’ organizations, trade unions, and civil society organizations to support women entrepreneurs at growth stages.

  5. Publication

    Factsheet: ILO in fragile situations

    21 March 2014

    Working in partnership with countries in fragile situations is a priority for the ILO. The significance of Decent Work for peacebuilding and recovery has been highlighted through recent initiatives such as the conclusion of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Over the past decade the ILO has been active in more than 38 fragile and conflict-affected states including all of the 18 member countries of the g7+ group. This factsheet offers key background information on the ILO's work in such situations, focusing on major recent programmes that have helped transform countries recovering from extreme hardship into resilient and functioning States.

  6. Publication

    The ILO and Public-Private partnerships: Backgrounder

    21 March 2014

    This backgrounder provides factual information about the ILO's programme of Public-Private partnerships

  7. Publication

    The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour join forces to combat child labour

    20 March 2014

    The partnership connects the 40 million-strong Scout Movement with the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), in particular with its Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media programme (SCREAM). SCREAM is an education and social mobilization initiative that empowers children and youth by equipping them with knowledge and skills to participate actively in the campaign against child labour and for social change.

  8. Publication

    Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry

    20 March 2014

    In coordination with employers’ and workers’ representatives, and funded by the Fondo Social de la Construcción, the ILO Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO-CINTERFOR) commenced an initiative entitled “Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry”.

  9. Publication

    Strategic HIV/AIDS Response in Enterprises

    20 March 2014

    The ILO’s Strategic HIV/AIDS Response in Enterprises (SHARE) taps into the resources of the public and private sectors for the benefit of workers, their families, and enterprises – not to mention national economies. SHARE’s principal objectives are to help overcome HIV employment-related discrimination and to prevent HIV by reducing risky behaviour among workers in selected economic sectors, especially those that might be more vulnerable to HIV due to working and related living conditions.

  10. Publication

    A Public-Private Partnership to economically empower HIV-vulnerable populations along transport corridors in Zimbabwe

    20 March 2014

    Zimbabwe is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa worst affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. A partnership has been established between the ILO, the Small Enterprise Development Corporation of Zimbabwe (SEDCO), multiple private sector partners such as the Post Office Savings Bank, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), to address the challenge.

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    Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprise

    20 March 2014

    Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) is a practical training and in-factory counseling programme that improves productivity and working conditions in SMEs. The product demonstrates best international practice in the manufacturing and service sectors and helps SMEs to participate in global supply chains.

  12. Publication

    Masters Courses for Social Policy Financing and Social Policy Design, Public Policy and Human Development Master Programme specializations at Maastricht University

    20 March 2014

    Depending on the state of economic development, individual countries redistribute between 5 and 30 per cent of GDP through national social protection schemes (social assistance schemes, social insurance schemes, health benefits, pension and short-term cash benefits). Redistributive machines of such an order of magnitude need to be designed, adjusted, reformed, monitored and managed by highly qualified social protection specialists and managers.

  13. Publication

    Multi-regional Project on Strengthening the World of Work Response on HIV and AIDS

    20 March 2014

    The ILO is the lead UN agency for HIV and AIDS policies and programmes in the world of work and private sector mobilization. The ILO programme on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work plays a key role in the global HIV responses through workplaces. This project, the second phase of a partnership between OFID and the ILO, contributed to the reduction of HIV incidence among individuals through effective world of work responses in eleven countries.

  14. Publication

    Improving work opportunities for young people in the Mano River Union (Youth-to-Youth fund)

    20 March 2014

    Aimed at youth-led organizations in Guinea, the YEN, in collaboration with UNIDO, FCP, and the WB, launched a competitive grant scheme. The call was for innovative small-scale youth employment projects and supported young people in the transition from being passive recipients to active participants in the creation of employment and the effects this can have on the promotion of peace. Successful applicants were awarded a grant of between USD 5,000 and 20,000 in tandem with the provision of capacity building assistance in order to support project implementation.

  15. Publication

    Making Globalization Socially Sustainable

    20 March 2014

    Globalization is widely seen as a powerful engine that has the potential to promote growth and development. For many years however, concerns have also been raised about the effects of globalization on employment, uncertainty in the job market, and inequality. This has led to questions about the social sustainability of globalization.

  16. Publication

    Governing Labour Standards in the Chinese Electronics Manufacturing Industry: Labour Market Institutions and Governance of Global Production Chains

    20 March 2014

    Transition from a planned economy to a market economy has brought unprecedented success in rapid industrialization and poverty reduction in China. It has also brought the enormous challenges of restructuring China’s labour markets, developing new legal norms governing new market-based employment relations and building new institutions of labour relations. In the 1990s, when the old system was under restructuring, while new shared norms were yet to emerge and prevail there was a regulatory and institutional vacuum. This led to widespread problems such as sweatshop working conditions, weak law enforcement and a rising number of disputes.

  17. Publication

    Protecting Migrants and Combating Trafficking: Building an Information and Knowledge Base for Policy Support on International Labour Migration in the Gulf Cooperation Council States

    20 March 2014

    Labour migration is an outstanding feature of the GCC countries. According to data from 2005, there were 1.7 million migrants in Kuwait (total population of 2.3 million) and 2.8 million in the United Arab Emirates (total population of 4.1 million), constituting a majority in each country. Their significance is even more pronounced when the composition of the labour force of these economies is considered alone. More could be done to protect the rights of migrant workers. In particular, with regard to the low level of protection offered to the low-skilled, and vulnerable, workers in the construction and services sectors. Improvements could also be made vis-à-vis those - mainly women - working as domestic workers.

  18. Publication

    Microfinance Support Programme, Viet Nam

    20 March 2014

    Microfinance has played an important role in national, provincial and local efforts to reduce poverty over this period with over 300,000 regular clients to microfinance institutions. However, access to relevant and sustainable microfinance services (credit, savings, insurance, money transfers) remains a challenge. The microfinance industry in Viet Nam still needs investments in all aspects for further development at all levels.

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    Improving Working Conditions and Promoting Competitiveness in Global Supply Chains

    20 March 2014

    The Better Work Programme is an innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation, and as at December 2013 included some 22 Buyer Partners and 827 factories employing 966,762 workers. The programme can play a significant role in helping international buyers uphold their commitment to comply with international core labour standards and national labour laws, and to continuously improve their global supply chains. The emphasis is on capacity building and social dialogue and on the identification of practical solutions that bring sustainable and positive change to the industry. Driving sector-wide, sustainable improvements in adherence to national labour laws and core labour standards contributes to improving the lives of millions of workers and their families, and importantly also enhances business competitiveness in major garment producing countries.

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