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February 2004

  1. Article

    New ILO report: Despite rising unemployment, cause for cautious optimism

    11 February 2004

    The 2004 Global Employment Trends report, released today by the ILO, paints a grim picture of rising global unemployment. But the annual jobs report sees signs of recovery. Here are questions and answers on the global employment picture, how this affects different people, and what solutions exist for employment generation.

  2. Article

    Eliminating child labour: The costs and benefits

    06 February 2004

    A just-released study by the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), "Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour", argues that the benefits of eliminating child labour will far outweigh the costs. Peter Dorman, the author of the report, explains the costs and benefits of eliminating child labour and how the proposal may be applied.

  3. Video

    CROATIA: PLAYING TO LOCAL STRENGTHS

    03 February 2004

    While countries struggle to come to terms with globalization, there’s a need for development strategies to help boost the economy and create jobs. As ILO TV now reports from Croatia, there’s a growing consensus that traditional, top-down development policies have failed to deliver, and there’s increasing interest in local economic development.

January 2004

  1. Video

    HERO SUPERMARKET/INDONESIA

    26 January 2004

    Indonesia recently held its first direct presidential elections, but having a say in their own future extends to the workplace as well.

  2. Article

    Unemployment - an enormous challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean

    13 January 2004

    A new ILO report paints a grim picture of unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. With 19 million jobless workers in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent, the ILO says any recovery will require strong measures - including a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.

  3. Video

    A FAIR GLOBALIZATION

    09 January 2004

    A groundbreaking report about the causes and consequences of globalization is calling for an “urgent rethink” of current world trade policies, switching the focus to meeting people’s needs in the communities in which they live. The World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization says globalization must change its course if its benefits are to be felt by everyone. ILO TV explains:

December 2003

  1. Article

    Migrant health workers: Is one country’s gain another’s pain?

    19 December 2003

    Severe staff and skill shortages in the health systems of many countries have fostered the active recruitment of health workers from abroad, and this migration poses a potential threat to the health systems of developing countries, says a new ILO report which focuses on the situation of migrant nurses. Monica Evans from the ILO London Office spoke with the author, Dr. Stephen Bach.

  2. Video

    Ugandan salt mining

    16 December 2003

    Fighting poverty and creating jobs is high on the agenda as African labour ministers, employers and workers meet this week in Addis Ababa for a major regional meeting of the International Labour Organization. It’s easy to see why they are concerned: half of Africa’s population, over 300 million people live in extreme poverty. Faced with no other option, the poor will do almost anything to make a living, often outside the protections of a formal workplace. But sometimes that very living threatens their lives as ILO TV reports.

  3. Article

    In Afghanistan, paving the way to a brighter future

    15 December 2003

    After more than two decades of war, road- and bridge-building has become an essential part of Afghanistan's reconstruction. The ILO Crisis Response and Reconstruction Programme is using labour-based methods to fix not only the streets in Kabul, but also pave the way to long-term job creation and decent work.

  4. Video

    Waste removal in Tanzania

    11 December 2003

    Youth unemployment accounts for nearly 60 per cent of Africa's jobless population. But in Dar es Salaam, women and young people have found the road out of poverty not only littered with waste, but with opportunity. ILO TV explains…