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  1. Video News Release

    Transitioning to Green Jobs in Sri Lanka

    03 August 2012

    “Green jobs” can be created in the most fundamental of workplaces, and the result can benefit traditional industries. That’s what is happening in Sri Lanka, where former “waste pickers” at Sri Lanka’s garbage dumps were given new skills to work more efficiently and protect their health, and that is benefitting one of the island’s iconic industries.

  2. Publication

    Impact Insurance Research Paper #21: Weather index-based insurance in a cash crop regulated sector

    01 August 2012

    Research Paper #21 assesses the risk mitigation capacity of weather index-based insurance for cotton growers in Northern Cameroon. It finds that weather index-based insurance is associated with huge basis risk and thus has limited potential for income smoothing. The authors use a tractable definition of basis risk to show that calibrating parameters in sub-regions allows to reduce dramatically basis risk and to avoid non negligible balancing out between distinct geographical zones.

  3. Publication

    Impact Insurance Research Paper #22: The social dilemma of microinsurance

    01 August 2012

    Research Paper #22 analyses free-riding and coordination problems in health microinsurance in Tanzania. Microinsurance games played with microcredit clients confirm that less risk averse clients are tempted to free-ride and forgo individual insurance and demonstrate limited coordination failures under individual insurance. Group insurance increases demand in the games. These findings provide a potential solution for low uptake of microinsurance.

  4. Publication

    Social dialogue for sustainable development. A selection of national and regional experiences

    26 July 2012

    By identifying successful experiences of social dialogue on environmental policy, the report at hand presents practices, challenges and opportunities in developing and strengthening an efficient social dialogue on environmental issues at national, supranational, subnational and sectoral level. The report, produced with the support of Sustainlabour, intends to promote a stronger interaction among governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations in an increasingly challenging area for the world of work: environment, green economy and sustainable development.

  5. Event

    Tapping into Women Entrepreneurs

    7-8 August 2012, Gauteng, South Africa. Workshop on the market potential of financing women entrepreneurs

  6. Article

    Turning waste fruit into a profitable business

    05 July 2012

    Cooperatives have played an important role in Indonesia by helping to boost growth, reduce poverty and promote social cohesion. As the world celebrates the UN International Day of Cooperatives, Gita Lingga reports on a successful project involving rural women in the Maluku islands.

  7. Project

    Sustainable investments in African agriculture

    01 July 2012

  8. News

    Somavia: Decent work is key for a greener economy

    22 June 2012

    The ILO chief talked about the need for an integrated approach linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development at a roundtable during the Rio+20 Conference.

  9. Statement

    Rio+20: Remarks by Juan Somavia on "Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference" -

    22 June 2012

    Intervention of Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the Rountable on Sustainable Development, "Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference", Rio + 20, Rio de Janeiro, 22 June, 2012.

  10. Press release

    ILO at Rio+20: Integrate social inclusion and environmental protection

    22 June 2012

    Speaking at a panel discussion at the Rio+20 summit, the ILO Director-General highlights the role of social policies on the road to a greener economy.