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  1. Making microfinance work in Arab states

    14 January 2011

    Microfinance managers from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will gather in Beirut, Lebanon from 17 to 27 January 2011 for a ten-day workshop to improve their technical knowledge and management skills in using financial instruments to promote decent work.

  2. Arab countries commit to social dialogue in Rabat

    16 December 2010

    Government, employer and worker representatives placed 'social dialogue' at the heart of the Arab Action Agenda for Employment in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday (December 16).

  3. Rejuvenating "social economies" in the Arab region

    26 November 2010

    Cooperatives, which employ over 100 million people globally, could be a driving force for employment, growth and decent work but remain under-utilized in the Arab region, according to representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and cooperatives from six Arab countries gathered in Beirut, Lebanon from November 23-26.

  4. First ILO World Social Security Report: Social security plays critical role in times of crisis, but still eludes much of the world

    17 November 2010

    A new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) says that while social security measures have played a critical role in reducing the social impact of economic crises both now and in the past, basic social security coverage remains out of reach for most of the world, especially in low-income countries.

  5. ILO expands portfolio of technical cooperation in the occupied Palestinian territory

    14 November 2010

    The International Labour Organization will announce plans to expand its portfolio of activities in the occupied Palestinian territory on Monday (November 15), before representatives of the Palestinian Authority, governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as UN agencies.

  6. ILO report sees “volatile and uneven recovery” across economic sectors in 2010

    11 November 2010

    The ILO’s Sectoral Activities Department has released new data showing that employment is recovering unevenly across sectors in the first half of 2010 and will continue to do so over the remainder of the year.

  7. Landmark Arab trade union meeting on formalizing domestic work

    10 November 2010

    The inclusion of domestic workers in labour protection regimes may soon be the norm in Arab states, as the international campaign ‘Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ gains regional momentum.

  8. Amid mixed employment data for 2010, ILO urges G20 to intensify focus on jobs

    09 November 2010

    Amid a “fragile labour market” marked by persistent high unemployment, “slack” jobs growth and declining wages, the International Labour Office (ILO) today urged the Group of 20 to intensify its focus on “productive employment and job-intensive growth policies” at its upcoming summit in Seoul. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia is expected to attend the meeting.

  9. ILO and Brazil team up to assist countries coping with social natural disasters

    27 October 2010

    The Government of Brazil and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have announced the launch of a three-year programme aimed at enhancing the capacity of countries to respond to social and natural disasters.

  10. Maid in Lebanon II: Voices from home

    04 October 2010

    A documentary that explores the complexity of the relationship between migrant domestic workers and the Lebanese households as employers in an honest, and at times humorous and touching manner.