Thematic analysis and practical advice

  1. Joaquín Furriel: Slavery has no place in the modern world!

    24 August 2020

    On International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, actor Joaquín Furriel talks about the stark realities of modern slavery and how the pandemic might lead to more incidences of forced labour and abuse and jeopardize the freedom of those already vulnerable. We have to mobilize citizen and public policy action.

  2. Social protection responses to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific: The story so far and future considerations

    19 August 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally shaken societies and economies across the Asia-Pacific region and the world. As some countries begin to enter what is likely to be a long recovery phase, this note, result of a collaborative effort of the United Nations Issue-based Coalition (IBC) for Inclusion and Empowerment, explores how short-term measures can be transformed into comprehensive and shock-responsive social protection system.

  3. © UN Women/Fahad Abdullah Kaize 2020

    Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  4. Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  5. COVID-19: Public employment services and labour market policy responses

    17 August 2020

    Employment services and labour market policies are key to bridging from immediate measures to a job-rich recovery.

  6. How to practice teleworking effectively

    14 August 2020

    With an increase in people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon Messenger, an ILO expert on working conditions, introduces a new guide on effective teleworking.

  7. COVID-19: Impact on trade and employment in developing countries

    12 August 2020

    This policy brief addresses the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and the subsequent impact on employment, with an emphasis on implications for developing countries.

  8. ILO survey on COVID-19’s impact on youth employment

    11 August 2020

    During a four week period from 21 April to 21 May 2020, the ILO and partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth conducted a Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19 focused on four areas: employment, education and training, mental well-being, and rights and voices. The survey provides crucial information on how the pandemic is affecting the lives of young people.

  9. A universal commitment to end child labour

    07 August 2020

    The universal ratification of Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour by all 187 ILO member States reflects a global commitment to protect children all around the world. With COVID-19 threatening to reverse 20 years of progress, implementation of the Convention is needed more than ever.

  10. Guidelines on Rapid Assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis

    07 August 2020

  11. Indigenous peoples can help build a ‘better normal’

    07 August 2020

    9 August commemorates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. They have been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis but are key partners in building a ‘better normal’ that respects their rights and ensures access to decent work.

  12. Needs assessment survey: The impact of COVID-19 on enterprises

    03 August 2020

    This survey tool has been developed by the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ILO-ACT/EMP) to help employers and business membership organizations (EBMOs) evaluate the needs of enterprises as a result of on-going COVID-19 crisis. This survey tool is an update to the first one released in March 2020 (see here) and assists EBMOs gain membership insights by assessing priorities and challenges enterprises are facing due to the prolonged crisis situation.

  13. Macro policy options to stimulate pandemic-hit economies

    30 July 2020

    The policy brief provides an overview of current monetary and fiscal policy measures to tackle the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis around the world. It argues that a full economic recovery requires a proper solution to the health crisis in order to be able to remove current confinement and social distancing measures. Moreover, the brief argues that to be successful, countries need to provide sizeable measures to support both supply and demand. Ideally, such support should be provided in the form of universal benefits and grants that maintain economic ties and earnings capacity. Moreover, governments need to mobilize all forms of economic support, using social protection, discretionary fiscal policy measures and monetary interventions. Countries that dispose of less fiscal space should be encouraged to introduce new, innovative approaches, including as regards the administration of their support systems, and be able to call upon the support of the international community. To fully recover from the crisis, governments, businesses and workers will need to add “resilience” to their vocabulary to ensure a sustainable return of economic activity.

  14. A gender-responsive employment recovery: Building back fairer

    24 July 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the entrenched gender inequalities that plague labour markets. Building back fairer will only be possible by tackling these inequalities head on during the emergency and recovery phases.

  15. The ILO Global Summit Highlights: COVID-19 and the World of Work

    22 July 2020

    From the 1st to the 9th of July, the ILO hosted the largest ever online summit of workers, employers and government representatives to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work, and how to build a better future of work after the pandemic. Find out more: global-summit.ilo.org/en

  16. Enterprise survey tool: Assessing training needs resulting from COVID-19

    22 July 2020

    This enterprise survey template is made available to employer and business membership organizations (EBMOs) so that they can assess the training and development needs their members require for staff. The survey will enable EBMOs to adapt their own provision of training to its members and support the development of a tailored curriculum with an appropriate pricing strategy. It will also provide an indication of members’ preference for virtual training so EBMOs can consider both short-term and longer-term investment in digitalizing training services.

  17. Jump-start a green recovery with more and better Jobs

    21 July 2020

    As governments respond to the #COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple links between public health and the environment have become evident. Sustaining environmental and health gains can therefore help prevent future pandemics and climate-related crises. The ILO policy brief describing how to jump-start this green recovery is available now at: www.ilo.org/covid19

  18. COVID-19 response and recovery in countries affected by disasters and climate vulnerability: Challenges and opportunities

    17 July 2020

    The aim of this note is to highlight the potential difficulties as well as the mutually reinforcing benefits of responding to the pandemic in disaster-prone countries.

  19. COVID-19 and the world of work: Jump-starting a green recovery with more and better jobs, healthy and resilient societies

    16 July 2020

    As economies restart, there is an opportunity to develop public and private policies to address the current climate change crisis gradually and foster the transition to a green economy. The reconstruction of the economic fabric should lay the foundations for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive production and consumption as we move into the future.

  20. The green economy is crucial to the COVID-19 recovery process’

    15 July 2020

    At the UN High Level Political Forum event on the Green Economy and COVID19 recovery, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder states that "we must address now the existential challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability." The ILO will play its part in building back better and greener.

  21. Disability inclusion in company responses to COVID-19

    09 July 2020

    In May 2020, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network conducted two surveys – one for National Business and Disability Networks (NBDN) and one for those networks’ company members – to identify good practices and gaps in responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a disability-inclusive way. In total, 159 companies from 22 countries (representing four regions) participated in the company survey, and 19 national networks participated in the NBDN survey.