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December 2005

  1. Article

    Social health insurance in developing countries: breaking the poverty - health care link

    13 December 2005

    Every year, some 100 million people worldwide are forced into poverty by health care costs. Last week, more than 200 participants from 40 countries attending the "International Conference on Social Health Insurance in Developing Countries" in Berlin discussed how people can best be protected against financial shocks deriving from illness. It was the first international meeting organized by the ILO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the German development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), following a 2004 agreement on common activities in the field of social protection. German journalist Anne Sieger reports from Berlin.

  2. News

    UN agencies seek a coordinated approach to ship scrapping

    09 December 2005

  3. Video


    07 December 2005

    While China’s economy booms, many workers leave the countryside to make money in the cities or even abroad. The ILO’s Mekong Project to Combat Trafficking aims to raise awareness of the problem and teach about safe migration.

  4. Article

    International Day of Disabled Persons 2005 - Disabled people in Ethiopia: Making public services work for poor people

    01 December 2005

    Most of Addis Ababa's estimated 3 million population lives in slums and informal settlements. While 24 per cent of housing units have no toilets at all, 45 per cent share pit latrines. Earlier this year, the President of Ethiopia officially opened the first of 30 modern public shower and toilet facilities run by a cooperative of disabled persons in Addis Ababa with the support of the ILO. The innovative proposal by the Ethiopian Federation of Persons with Disabilities (EFPD) to renovate existing toilets and unlock the economic potential of unemployed people with disabilities won a World Bank Development Marketplace Competition prize in 2003.

  5. Publication

    Poland and the ILO: History, again

    01 December 2005

  6. Publication

    Breaking the chains of poverty through microfinance

    01 December 2005

    The ILO has found microfinance to be an invaluable tool within its programmes in helping to reduce poverty and eliminate child labour and debt bondage. The strategy is to offer financial services like savings and credit, insurance and remittance handling to low-income groups so they are empowered, have more options and do not need to rely on the moneylender any longer. The goal is financial security, a key aspect of decent work.

  7. Publication

    How the ILO contributes to the MDGs: Stories from East Africa

    01 December 2005

    ILO programmes in East Africa are good examples of how decent work combats poverty and contributes to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Two programmes presented here show the importance of promoting gender equality (MDG 3) at work and youth employment (MDG 8) in order to attain sustainable poverty reduction.

  8. Publication

    Jobs and the millennium generation: Working out of poverty

    01 December 2005

    At the recent World Summit of the UN General Assembly, over 150 Heads of State approved a historic Outcome Document stating: "We strongly support fair globalization and resolve to make the goal of full and productive employment and decent work for all... a central objective." This represents important worldwide support at the highest level for the ILO's Decent Work Agenda as a prime motivator in poverty reduction under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should serve as a guiding force for national and international development policies. In the article below, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia provides a new agenda for tackling poverty and creating jobs. In the series of articles that follow, World of Work reviews some significant efforts by the ILO in this regard.

  9. Publication

    Hurricane force: As experts debate global job safety, nature provides a lesson in the unexpected

    01 December 2005

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of rescue workers faced life-threatening dangers while trying to save the sick and stranded in the US Gulf Coast region. The natural disaster provided an object lesson for safety experts in Orlando at the XVIIth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work while they took on the larger issue of work-related accidents and illnesses worldwide, a growing problem the ILO says can be solved. ILO's Katherine Lomasney reports.

  10. Publication

    Taking root: The revival of cooperatives in Ethiopia

    01 December 2005

    Not all stories coming from Ethiopia are tales of tragedy. Here is one of them. Although the economy was ruined and the cooperative idea discredited by 14 years of communist rule in the country, the ILO succeeded in cultivating a cooperative renaissance. Sam Mshiu reports from Addis Ababa, where the ILO recently established its Regional Office for Africa.