South Africa Country Study

Analysis of the State of Labour-Based Technology in South Africa: A Review of Current Practice since 2005

The key purpose for this report is to provide a situational analysis of the state of affairs in terms of labour-based works and to analyse and review the progress made in Zambia since the year 2005 based on the Mombasa Statement It describes in some of the constraints that are likely to slow down progress of labour-based approaches (LBA) and provides some recommendations for South Africa.

Meeting document | 01 September 2007
Following the 11th Regional seminar in October 2005, by Labour-based Practitioners on integrating Labour-based Approach (LBA) for Socio-Economic Development in Mombasa, a resolution was made to uphold, mainstream, and upscale the use of LBA in the provision of infrastructure and related services in order to create wealth especially among the poor communities via the following strategies:
i) Creation of an enabling environment (through formulation of LBT1 supportive policies, efficient institutional framework, appropriate legislation, and setting up of conducive contract conditions),
ii) Capacity building (through research, training and awareness creation),
iii) Increased allocation of resources (financial, equipment and information/data), and
iv) Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues such as gender, HIV/AIDS, governance and environmental protection.
During the above mentioned seminar, participants reviewed progress made by various countries towards Arusha Seminar held in October 2003 for Labour-based Practitioners based on its recommendations. Upon the conclusion of the Mombasa Seminar, a Statement was prepared which recommended that practitioners with support from ILO monitor the implementation of the above outlined plans. The forthcoming 12th Seminar to be held in October 2007 in Durban, South Africa, is meant to make a follow-up on the progress made towards the Mombasa Statement.
The key purpose for this report is to provide a situational analysis of the state of affairs in terms of labour-based works and to analyse and review the progress made in Zambia since the year 2005 based on the Mombasa Statement It describes in some of the constraints that are likely to slow down progress of labour-based approaches (LBA) and provides some recommendations for South Africa.