Articles

2021

  1. Cainton Milroy – One Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur’s Mission to Digitalize Vanuatu

    22 July 2021

    This month we sat down with Informal Economies Recovery Project partner, Cainton Milroy – an ambitious young software engineer, entrepreneur and self-confessed coffee addict from Vanuatu. He spoke to us about his role in organizing Vanuatu’s first ever e-commerce symposium; why digitalization is the future of small business success, and what his hopes are for his country – the most disaster-prone nation on the planet. Interviewer: Sanya Ruggiero

  2. Diary of a Project Coordinator: Katrina Ma'u Fatiaki’s Observations from the COVID-Free Kingdom of Tonga

    22 July 2021

    Katrina has put down some of her interesting observations in the form of a diary entry, to give us a snapshot of what the Informal Economies Recovery Project is doing on the ground in Tonga, and what life is looking like at the moment, as COVID remains safely locked out of the Island Kingdom

  3. We Have the Power to Change Lives

    06 June 2021

    This month, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Fiji Multi-Country Office, Sanaka Samarasinha sat down with us to discuss Pacific informal economies. In this in-depth interview, he speaks about the unique challenges faced by the informal sector, and how we cannot hope to build back better from the pandemic without addressing the massive gaps within this often ‘invisible’ space.

  4. Supporting private sector resilience in the Pacific

    03 June 2021

    Business continuity planning is critical in times of crisis. For enterprises to survive, they must be able to adapt their operations to the new environment.

  5. Defeminization, Structural Transformation and Technological Upgrading in Manufacturing

    30 May 2021

  6. How the ILO can support vital public employment programmes during the COVID-19 crisis

    10 February 2021

    Public employment programmes have played an increasingly important role in government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. In this article, Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, ILO Specialist on the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) sheds light on new, innovative approaches being used to assist countries like Uzbekistan in supporting their PWPs during the pandemic, resulting in temporary work for almost 500,000 women and men in 2020 – nearly twice as many jobs as those created before the pandemic.

2020

  1. Adjusting the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic (full version)

    25 November 2020

    This is an excerpt from the new blog series of the United Nations Information Centres (UNIC), which includes comments from experts active in various fields, including senior Japanese staff members from the United Nations. This contribution is from Mito Tsukamoto, Chief of the Development and Investment Branch, ILO Employment Policy Department.

  2. Adjusting the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic

    25 November 2020

    This is an excerpt from the new blog series of the United Nations Information Centres (UNIC), which includes comments from experts active in various fields, including senior Japanese staff members from the United Nations. This contribution is from Mito Tsukamoto, Chief of the Development and Investment Branch, ILO Employment Policy Department.

  3. Labour market policies and employment services are critical ingredients of the COVID-19 policy responses

    18 August 2020

    This article presents highlights of the new policy brief on “COVID-19: Public employment services and labour market policy responses”.

  4. © PEO ACWA 2021

    Q&A on: Robotics and reshoring - Employment implications for developing countries

    13 August 2020

    This new publication explores the implications of increasing automation through case studies across four different sectors in developing countries. The volume examines how robotics and reshoring can affect both the quantity and quality of jobs, focusing on workers at the shop-floor level. This Question and Answer gives a brief overview of the motivations for producing the volume and its findings.

  5. Bridging the skills gap for informal economy workers – How can skills and lifelong learning help mitigate the consequences of the crises?

    19 May 2020

    By Christine Hofmann, Skills Specialist

  6. © Trocaire 2021

    Helping the “double casualties” of COVID-19

    04 May 2020

    The spread of COVID-19 in fragile states riven by conflict and political insecurity, is turning millions of vulnerable people into double casualties of the pandemic.

  7. Learning in the times of COVID-19: Can distance learning become the new normal?

    03 May 2020

    By Paul Comyn, Senior Skills Specialist and Angelica Muñoz, G20TS Project Programming Officer.

  8. Towards a Coordinated Humanitarian-Development Response to COVID-19 Crisis: Reflections from the Arab Region with an ILO Lens

    22 April 2020

    The multilateral system should support Arab countries to build on humanitarian and development mechanisms and experiences developed in recent years, in order to rapidly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 health, social, and economic crisis in the region.

  9. Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19

    03 April 2020

    To bring youth voices to the forefront of action and policy responses, the ILO and partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth (DJY) are conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and the world of work.

2019

  1. Moving towards full employment: An interview with Aurelio Parisotto

    22 November 2019

    This year’s Employment Policy Research Symposium, to be held on 12-13 December, will focus on the fundamental question of full employment - its definition and relevance, its implications for inclusive and greener economic growth, the conditions leading to it and the role it plays in helping those who are at risk of being left behind. In this interview Aurelio Parisotto, Head/Policy Coordination and Development Unit at the ILO Employment Policy Department, talks about what is meant by full employment, why it matters and how to achieve it given the central role that SDG8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth plays in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  2. Water is wealth for Sri Lankan farmers

    05 November 2019

    The legacy of conflict combined with climate change brought drought and impending disaster to northern Sri Lankan farmers. An ILO project helped to restore water and put them back on the road to a more prosperous life.

  3. In Malawi, bolstering youth and women's employment through sectoral skills strategies

    12 June 2019

    This article looks at skills development strategies implemented in the agricultural sector in Malawi, and consider some of the lessons that can be drawn for aid for trade initiatives more broadly.

  4. ILO Employment Policy Department Director's Welcoming Speech at the STRENGTHEN Global Knowledge-Sharing Workshop

    15 May 2019

    The following are highlights of the speech delivered by ILO Employment Policy Department Director Sangheon Lee during the Global Knowledge-Sharing Workshop.

  5. Global ILO Knowledge-Sharing Workshop brings partner countries together for “Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sectoral and Trade Policies”

    15 May 2019