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  1. More women choosing to work, but gender equality remains a long way off

    05 March 2010

    Despite signs of progress in gender equality over the past 15 years, there is still a significant gap between women and men in terms of job opportunities and quality of employment, according to a new report by the International Labour Office.

  2. High Level Publicity Launch Of The Kadoma Declaration – “Towards A Shared National Social And Economic Vision”

    26 February 2010

    The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency R.G. Mugabe, has officially launched the beginning of a publicity campaign for the Kadoma Declaration – “Towards a Shared National Social and Economic Vision” (the Declaration) on Friday 26 February, 2010.

  3. Regional Director's Visit to Harare

    10 February 2010

    Mr Charles Dan, Regional Director for Africa and Mr. Michel Gozo, Special Advisor to the Regional Director recently passed through the Harare Office on the 10th of February 2010 on their way to the ARLAC Governing Council meeting in Kariba, Zimbabwe.

  4. Twelve project proposals selected by Coop Africa Challenge Fund

    10 February 2010

    Among 192 projects received by the Selection Committee, twelve proposals have been selected during the fourth call for funding by the Challenge Fund in 2010. Coop Africa will provide funding worth USD 635,000.

  5. ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running

    03 November 2009

    Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization said. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early. Wage deflation deprives national economies of much needed demand and seriously affects confidence”, said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and lead author of the study.

  6. Somalia: addressing the root causes of piracy and warlordism

    13 October 2009

    Faced with a dramatic increase in piracy off the Horn of Africa, countries have stepped up their efforts to protect shipping in the region. However, attention is now turning more to the question of why people turn to piracy to make a living and what can be done to provide an alternative. ILO Online reports from Somalia where an ILO programme financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) seeks to provide a visible peace dividend to poor communities by engaging them in large scale employment-intensive projects, together with enterprise skills development and the promotion of social dialogue.

  7. Informal employment curbs trade benefits for developing countries

    12 October 2009

    A joint study from the International Labour Organization and the WTO has found that high incidence of informal employment in the developing world suppresses countries' ability to benefit from trade opening by creating poverty traps for workers in job transition. “The study confirms what we know from experience, that by promoting complementarity between decent work objectives and trade, financial and labour market policies, developing countries are much better placed to benefit from trade opening, advance the social dimension of globalization, and to cope with the current crisis” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

  8. ILO welcomes US funding to tackle child labour worldwide

    08 October 2009

    The International Labour Organization’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) has welcomed the award of the US Department of Labour of $59 million in new grants to combat child labour in 19 countries around the world. A large part of these funds are to support ILO-IPEC country projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where despite the significant progress in the past years in combating child labour, millions of children are still forced to work at the expense of their health, education and future.

  9. G20 Commit to Putting Quality Jobs at the Heart of the Recovery

    25 September 2009

    Leaders of the G20 have welcomed the ILO Global Jobs Pact and the building of “an employment-oriented framework for future economic growth”. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who was invited to present a report on policies and prospects for jobs and social protection to the Pittsburgh Summit said, “I welcome the significant commitment of the Leaders to “implementing recovery plans that support decent work, help preserve employment and prioritize job growth.”

  10. Despite continued rise in unemployment, measures taken by G20 governments will save up to 11 million jobs in 2009

    18 September 2009

    Employment and social protection measures taken by G20 governments since the economic crisis began will have created or saved an estimated 7 to 11 million jobs in the G20 countries this year, the Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a communication at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

  11. ILO Launches Fourth Call for Proposals to Promote Cooperatives in Africa

    12 September 2009

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) announces the launch, on 14 September 2009, of a fourth call for proposals to promote social economy organizations based on cooperative values and principles through the Cooperative Facility for Africa (CoopAfrica) programme. The programme provides assistance through the Challenge Fund, a competitive bidding process, which supports projects on a cost-sharing basis.

  12. Disability Equality Training for Parliamentarians in Zambia *MPs PLEDGE ACTION ON INCLUSION OF DISABLED PEOPLE*

    07 August 2009

    Members of influential Parliamentary Committees have pledged to do all they can to ensure the full rights of people with disabilities in Zambia. They aim to achieve this through awareness raising at all levels, and by pressing for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

  13. ILO welcomes new support for the Global Jobs Pact from the UN Economic and Social Council

    27 July 2009

    The International Labour Office welcomed the adoption of a resolution on the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact sponsored by more than 170 countries attending the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting in Geneva.

  14. Technical Seminar: Labour Market Information to Monitor Progress on Decent Work in Africa and African Preview: ILO Guide to the New Millennium Development Goals Employment Indicators

    23 July 2009

    The ILO seminar running from 20 July to 24 July 2009 is a follow-up to the endorsement of the four new employment indicators under the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDG) Target 1b (Achieve full productive employment and decent work for all) by the Secretary General of the UN and the President of the General Assembly at a UN High Level Meeting on the 25th September 2008.

  15. ILO adopts “Global Jobs Pact” aimed at creating jobs, protecting workers and stimulating economic recovery

    19 June 2009

    Faced with the prospect of a prolonged global increase in unemployment, poverty and inequality and the continuing collapse of enterprises, the International Labour Organization adopted a Global Jobs Pact designed to guide national and international policies aimed at stimulating economic recovery, generating jobs and providing protection to working people and their families.

  16. ILO meets with high-level experts to discuss the crisis and the future of the automotive industry

    22 May 2009

    Against the backdrop of the global economic and social crisis, senior experts on the automotive sector from Europe, Asia and the Americas met here on 20-21 May with top officials of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to discuss the state of the automotive industry and its future directions.

  17. New ILO report says “Cost of Coercion” to workers in forced labour surpasses USD 20 billion per year

    12 May 2009

    In a new study on the patterns of forced labour worldwide, the International Labour Office (ILO) says the “opportunity cost” of coercion to the workers affected reaches over USD 20 billion per year.

  18. World Day for Safety and Health at Work public march urged for a strong safety culture at work

    28 April 2009

    Celebrating the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, a public march was held in Addis Ababa, on April 28, 2004, calling for a strong safety culture at work.

  19. World Day for Safety and Health at Work Public march in Addis Ababa urged for a strong safety culture at work

    28 April 2009

    More than 250 representatives from government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, staff members from the Public Health Department of Addis Ababa University and the International Labour Organization (ILO) called for a strong safety culture at work on 26th April at a public rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  20. National High Level Tripartite Symposium on “Mitigating the present Economic and Job Crisis through Decent Work and Social Dialogue”

    23 April 2009

    What began as a crisis in finance markets has rapidly become a global jobs crisis. Unemployment is rising. The number of working poor is increasing. Businesses are going under. Concern is growing over the balance, fairness and sustainability of the sort of globalization we have had in the run up to the financial crash.