22 August 2015
When Rosa Sarmento announced to her husband that she was would be a community overseer on a road building project for a difficult and mountainous road in her village of Metagou, she might have well announced that she was flying to the moon.
21 August 2015
Sitting on a brand new motorbike, in front of his newly constructed house, Gilberto Baptista, a busy motorcycle taxi driver, admits he owes all his recent good fortune to the newly rehabilitated Leohitu road, Timor-Leste.
22 July 2015
Climate change directly affects lives around the world, especially as extreme weather events become more common. In the Solomon Islands, villages were washed away when heavy torrential rains, caused two rivers to burst their banks. The ILO's Cash for Work program helps the government, and workers from those communities restore their villages and livelihoods.
Natural disaster recovery
07 January 2015
Typhoon Haiyan killed 8,000 and affected nearly 16 million people across the Philippines. And while Tacloban City sustained the most destruction, other more remote places also suffered heavy damage. Lives and livelihoods, infrastructure and services were all lost on the vacation island of Coron. A year after Haiyan, the island's people are gradually restoring some of what was lost, and at the same time, learning new skills and ways to support their families.
08 March 2014
The European Union (EU) is improving the lives of rural people in Timor-Leste through the ERA Project. This project is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) together with the Government of Timor-Leste with the objective of enhancing rural access by training and involving local entrepreneurs to rehabilitate and maintain rural roads using a labour-based approach.
27 November 2013
The Government of Japan and the ILO have allocated US$500,000 to help support the post-Haiyan response in the Philippines. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan has provided the funds under the ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific. The fund is to be used to support the recovery from natural disaster.
21 February 2013
Countries have stepped up their efforts to fight piracy and warlordism in Somalia. The ILO has partnered with other UN agencies to address the root causes of the conflicts: chronic unemployment and a lack of prospects for youth.
29 August 2012
Helping disaster survivors get back to work and support their families is a vital part of rebuilding lives and communities. At the same time these programmes – such as that run for survivors of Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines - can help people learn new skills, so opening up new opportunities for the future. By Minette Rimando, Information Officer, ILO Country Office in the Philippines.
07 April 2011
Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, has been racked by violence and insecurity for nearly two decades. But there are signs of hope: among them, an ILO programme which provided a visible peace dividend to poor communities by engaging them in large scale employment-intensive projects. This and similar projects will be discussed at the ILO-IGAD-African Union Conference on "Employment for Peace, Stability and Development" on 11-12 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference will map out a regional strategy for the Horn of Africa built upon a “virtuous triangle” consisting of the creation of employment opportunities, social protection for the most vulnerable and empowerment of people and communities. ILO Online reports from Mogadishu.
26 August 2009
Come hurricane season, the citizens of Gonaives in northern Haiti brace for the worse. Five years ago, Hurricane Jeanne ripped through its shores sending walls of water and mud down the surrounding slopes and changing the face of the city forever. A project managed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been helping local residents organize themselves to build erosion control networks to protect the city from mudslides and heavy run-off. But as ILO Online reports, the challenge does not stop at the hillsides.