Poverty reduction strategies

The nexus between poverty eradication and employment promotion has been a major area for ILO analytical and advisory work. The Philadelphia Declaration states that “poverty anywhere is a danger to prosperity everywhere”. The ILO holds that promoting productive employment is the best route out of poverty.

With the introduction of Poverty Reduction Strategy processes at the country level, supported by the World Bank and IMF, a major area of ILO action has been to empower the governments and social partners to integrate better employment goals and targets into these overarching national frameworks in low income countries.

More than 50 countries of which 40 per cent in Africa developed and review PRSs in the Department, through the development of comprehensive tools, policy advisory services and capacity-building initiatives, promote a better integration of employment strategies and decent work goals in the new generation of PRSs.