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November 2004

  1. Article

    Microfinance paves the way to decent work

    18 November 2004

    Microfinance makes a powerful contribution to decent work: it facilitates small investments in self-employment and job creation; it also helps the poor to manage risks through emergency loans, savings and micro-insurance. The launch of the UN International Year of Microcredit on 18 November is an occasion to look at the pioneering role of microfinance. Here are two examples from an industrialized and a developing country.

  2. Article

    Africa: working out of poverty

    17 November 2004

    Today, Africa is working to find a way out of poverty. At the Extraordinary Summit on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Ouagadougou in September 2004, many African heads of state and government formally adopted a Declaration making the job creation a prime objective for reducing poverty. This month, the ILO Governing Body is discussing the same issue. But how are these declarations being received in the fields of Africa. ILO Online provides two examples.

  3. News

    Media advisory: ILO lends support to African network of mutual health organizations

    17 November 2004

    In an effort to help boost the development of mutual health organizations in Africa, the ILO and a wide range of partners are lending support to the third forum of the "Coordination Network" of Mutual Health Organizations to be held in Bamako, Mali, from 17-19 November 2004. The forum will focus on the development of mutual health organizations (MHOs), engaged in improving quality of and access to health care.

  4. Article

    A tailor-made future for prosperity: Cambodia

    09 November 2004

  5. Publication

    Youth unemployment at all time high

    01 November 2004

    Half the world's unemployed are under 24, according to a new ILO study that charts the skyrocketing of youth unemployment over the past decade. Global Employment Trends for Youth, 2004 ( Note 1) puts the global youth unemployment rate at 14.4 per cent in 2003, a 26.8 per cent increase in the total number of unemployed young people over the past decade. Although young people represent 25 per cent of the working age population, they make up as much as 47 per cent of the 186 million people out of work worldwide in 2003. Some 88 million young people, aged 15 to 24, are out of work.

  6. Publication

    Mining out child labour in Santa Filomena

    01 November 2004

    They still mine for gold in Santa Filomena, a remote mining community far from Lima, Peru. But these days, they do it without the children. With the help of the ILO, this village of 1,500 inhabitants was able to declare itself child labour free this past June - providing a new sheen to the miners and their community.

  7. Publication

    European Companies and Nordea "Societas Europeae": Ancient name, new concept

    01 November 2004

    After years of debate and discussion, the European Union's plan to allow multinational companies to incorporate as "European Companies" is about to become a reality. The statute, together with an accompanying directive covering worker involvement, was passed in October 2001, to come into force three years later. From October of this year, a brave new experiment in company governance will begin allowing companies to operate across the EU with one set of rules and a unified management and reporting system.

  8. Publication

    Ten years after: A decade of progress for indigenous peoples

    01 November 2004

    The United Nations International Decade for the World's Indigenous People has focused new attention on the plight of these vulnerable peoples. Now, more than a decade after the adoption of the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) - World of Work examines what progress has been made, and what problems still face these people in today's globalized world.

  9. Publication

    First global analysis: HIV/AIDS to have major impact on world of work

    01 November 2004

    An estimated 36.5 million people of working age have HIV, and by next year the global labour force will have lost as many as 28 million workers due to AIDS since the start of the epidemic. So says a new global report ( Note 1) by the International Labour Office (ILO) that paints a grim picture of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the world of work.

  10. Publication

    Global economic security in crisis: New ILO report finds "world full of anxiety and anger"

    01 November 2004

    A new ILO report ( Note 1) says that economic security promotes personal well-being, happiness and tolerance, while benefiting growth and social stability. Yet it finds the overwhelming majority of people in a state of economic insecurity, and raises doubts over rich countries' ability to turn wealth into happiness.