Jobs after war. A critical challenge in the peace and reconstruction puzzle.

Based on recent research work, data and practical experience generated by the ILO, mainly from 1996 to date, through, inter alia, a multidisciplinary global ILO Action Programme on Skills and Entrepreneurship Training for Countries Emerging from Armed Conflict and relevent experiences of the current ILO InFocus Programme for Crisis Response and Reconstruction. Provides an overview and analysis of armed conflicts today, the magnitude of their threats to human security including the major decent work deficits, and other ILO-relevant problems that have to be tackled after conflict

While jobs are central to reintegrating conflict-affected groups, reconstruction, peace building and tackling the serious human security threats unleashed by armed conflicts, the issue continues to receive inadequate coverage in post-conflict debate and action. This book examines the complex decent work deficits after armed conflicts and proposes an integrated strategy for addressing them.

The contributions of several ILO staff and external consultants offer, together, a comprehensive picture of the key issues that require serious consideration as well as effective practical approaches that can be adopted. They cover, for example, the nature of the labour market and other features of the post-conflict situation; the heterogeneity of the crisis-affected groups and their specific concerns, such as youth, women, refugees, internally displaced people and ex-combatants. It also considers other elements of the integrated strategy, including skills training, local economic development, micro-finance, labour-intensive infrastructure rebuilding, social protection; and the roles of the private sector, cooperatives, workers and employers’ associations, labour administration and international organizations. In addition, this volume also includes a number of vivid country case studies which provide valuable lessons.

Reflection and debate on the critical issues of jobs in post-conflict situations is also offered making this book a practical tool to aid post-conflict policy planners and implementers at the different levels and to strengthen future action.