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  1. Publication

    Business Group Formation Empowering Women and Men in Developing Communities

    01 January 2008

    This manual helps trainers to promote group formation as a way to empower women and men in low income communities. It is designed for use in workshops to facilitate the process of group formation and development for joint production, business and/or social activities, such as buying raw materials together, sharing business premises, joint marketing and mutual assistance in coping with family emergencies.

  2. Publication

    Social Finance Working Paper #49: Financial arrangements in informal apprenticeships

    03 December 2007

    Determinants and effects: findings from urban Ghana

  3. Publication

    Microfinance and public policy. Outreach, performance and efficiency.

    12 November 2007

    This book states to aid agencies and governments to consider efficiency as a robust and reliable criterion to guide their decisions on whether continuing or discounting support from microfinance institutions (MFIS).

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    Women entrepreneurship: a road to decent work and MDGs in Africa

    04 May 2007

    In Africa the equal rights of women and their equal participation in the social, cultural, economic and political life have remained illusive. Women are still the main victims of poverty, social prejudice, lack of access to health services and education.

  5. Publication

    Trade and employment: Challenges for policy research

    19 February 2007

    This study provides an impartial view of what can be said, on the relationship between trade and employment, an often contentious issue of public debate. Its focus is on the connections between trade policies, and labour and social policies. It is the outcome of collaborative research between the secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), addressing such issues tha concern both organizations.

  6. Publication

    Helping micro and small enterprises cope with HIV/AIDS - A handbook for small business associations and service providers

    01 January 2007

    This handbook attempts to respond to the needs and constraints of small and micro enterprises, formal or informal, by providing practical guidance for those who regulate, advise and support them. The objectives of the handbook are to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on micro and small enterprise owners, managers and workers and to offer policy and technical guidance to the individuals and institutions that provide support and services to small businesses.

  7. Article

    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Start your business, tailor your life

    14 June 2006

    According to the ILO Director-General Juan Somavia's report to the Conference, global unemployment increased by 21.9 per cent between 1995 and 2005. Among the main factors contributing to this rise, the report cites, is the deterioration of the employment situation in Eastern European and Central Asian transition countries.

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    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    "Papa na come": Liberia rises from the ashes, exchanges guns for jobs

    07 June 2006

    Fourteen years of civil war killed 250,000 of the 5 million Liberians, displaced most of the others, quadrupled the number of people living with HIV/AIDS and left the country with a US$3.5 billion external debt.

  9. News

    New ILO-Russia Programme of Cooperation defines priorities for 2006-2009

    06 June 2006

    The Russian tripartite delegation to the annual Conference of International Labour Organization and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia today signed a Programme of Cooperation between Russia and the ILO for the years 2006-2009.

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    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Breaking out of informality: Amina, the Queen of Oranges

    02 June 2006

    With between a half and two-thirds of the world's working women and men outside the formal economy, breaking out of informality is the single biggest challenge for labour market governance worldwide.