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  1. 19 local business trainers in Fiji introduced to ILO’s Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) tools

    28 July 2021

    In an effort to strengthen Business Development Services (BDS) in Fiji, the ILO organised and delivered a Training of Facilitators (ToF) on 1st June 2021.

  2. Tonga’s first ever tapa trade show to commence in August

    23 July 2021

    The newly-formed Tonga National Tapa-making Workers' Association [TNTWA] plans to inaugurate the association with the country’s first-ever Tapa Trade Show. Organized in partnership with the Tonga Public Service Association, TNTWA was formed through the support of the UN’s Informal Economies Recovery Project. The trade show is expected to be the first of an annual quarterly calendar, aimed at boosting members’ income flow.

  3. Informal sector workers in Vanuatu to have a voice

    22 July 2021

    An initiative led by the Vanuatu Association of Public Employees Trade Union (VAPSE) and the Vanuatu National Workers Union (VNWU), aims to formalise existing informal sector associations, particularly those in the creative and agriculture sectors, on Santo and the Northern Provinces of Vanuatu.

  4. One voice: supporting Fijian visual artists influence national covid-19 recovery

    20 July 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. Due to the complex nature of their work, artists and cultural professionals are particularly affected and lockdown measures around the world directly impact the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access.

  5. Leave no one behind! Making covid-safe business recovery protocol inclusive

    19 July 2021

    ILO and UNDP facilitated a consultation between government partners across the Fijian Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport [MCTTT] and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation [FCEF], with Micro and Small Business Enterprises [MSME’s] representatives – to allow MSME’s to provide feedback on and influence COVID-safe business operation protocols before they were enacted into law.

  6. Targeted support to MSME’s during Fiji’s COVID emergency

    15 July 2021

    In response to the Fiji COVID emergency, the ILO is working with the Fiji Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) and the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), including the informal sector.

  7. EU-STREIT PNG takes a step forward in empowering rural communities to secure farmers’ access to agricultural markets

    11 July 2021

    Led by ILO, the road and infrastructure component of the EU-STREIT PNG is focused on upgrading roads, bridges, jetties and airstrips. This effort aims to help create an enabling environment for farmers to increase their income and profit with opportunities to participate in value-added markets to become agripreneurs under the three value chains supported by the Programme

  8. Supporting the development of the National Employment Policy in Tonga, aiming at inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability

    29 June 2021

    The purpose of the seminar was to help government and social partners to understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities.

  9. Act now: End child labour!

    12 June 2021

    The United Nations has declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Matin Karimli, ILO's Director for the Pacific, and Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative for the Pacific, explain why the time for change is now.

  10. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project - Entrepreneurs Jouney

    06 June 2021

    Q&A with Irami Buli – An ‘Artrepreneur’ On a Mission

  11. MPTF Informal Economies Recovery Project - Partner Spotlight

    06 June 2021

    Q&A with Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau – Director/Curator of the Belau National Museum

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    Combatting informal employment goes digital: What can we learn from the Estonian experience?

    03 June 2021

    High rates of informal employment remain a challenge in most of Eastern Europe and range between 20% for Ukraine and 56% for Albania. The large informal economy reduces tax revenues, leads to unfair competition and negatively affects the quality of jobs. A considerable share of the workforce has no access to labour rights and social security. A new ILO publication analyses how Estonia used modern information technology to promote the transition to formality.

  13. High Level Meeting on Employment in Mozambique

    28 May 2021

    With the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its Swedish funded project "MozTrabalha, the Secretariat for Youth and Employment (SEJE) held a High Level Meeting on Employment in Mozambique at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in the city of Maputo, where the Promotion of Economic Growth, Productivity and Employment Generation was the topic under discussion.

  14. The effects of automation in the apparel and automotive sectors and their gender dimensions

    13 May 2021

  15. STRENGTHEN 2: Employment impact assessment to maximize job creation in Africa

    10 May 2021

    The STRENGTHEN 2 project is a joint initiative of the European Union and the ILO that focuses on job creation through investments.

  16. Decent Jobs for Youth & Generation Unlimited Launch New Knowledge Facility, YouthForesight

    04 May 2021

    YouthForesight will serve as a one-stop shop providing curated publications, databases, tools and multimedia resources to support evidence-based action on young people’s education and skilling, employment, entrepreneurship, and engagement.

  17. The ILO launches its compendium on “Employment and decent work in refugee and other forced displacement contexts”

    04 May 2021

  18. Enough is enough: Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

    23 April 2021

    An opinion piece by: Matin Karimli, Director of the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries and Sandra Bernklau, Representative of UN Women, Pacific ahead of the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women

  19. The ILO, JRC and external experts discuss next steps in the research of automation in the apparel and automotive sectors and their gender dimensions

    22 April 2021

    The first technical meeting under the EU-ILO project “Building Partnerships on the Future of Work” took place on 15 April.

  20. Q&A on the STRENGTHEN 2 Project

    20 April 2021

    STRENGTHEN 2 is a joint initiative of the European Union and the ILO that focuses on assessing the employment effects of supported investments and development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. The strategic partnership aims to promote the creation of more and better jobs, boost economies and set the stage for a better future of work. In this Question and Answer, Ralf Krueger, Chief Technical Adviser of the project, gives a brief overview of the initiative, the approach adopted and expected results.