The ILO in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Services and the Social Partners, will be launching the Decent Work Country Programme for Zimbabwe (DWCP), 2012-2015 on 14 February 2013, at Rainbow Towers Hotel, at 17.00 hours. The flagship programme on Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development funded by the Danish Government under the Danish Commission for Africa will also be launched on the same occasion.
The DWCP has taken into account some key government Medium-Term Plan (MTP) strategic priorities that underpin government policies and programmes such as: employment creation and poverty reduction, human development and social security as well as among cross-cutting issues; gender and HIV and AIDS. The ILO constituents - who comprise the Government, Workers’ and Employers’ representatives – have identified and agreed on the following priorities for the programme:
Promoting productive employment and decent jobs.
Promoting the ratification and implementation of international labour standards.
Strengthening social dialogue capacities and processes for sustainable socioeconomic development.
Increasing the coverage of social protection.
The DWCP is ILO’s contribution to the overall United Nations support to Zimbabwe and is integrated in the 2012–2015 United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Zimbabwe (UNDAF).
Until now twenty-nine DWCPs have been finalized, eighteen were being drafted and six were in the preparatory phase. Five DWCP reviews have been undertaken in 2012.