Articles

2017

  1. © Matteo Paciotti 2021

    More long-term care services for the elderly needed in Central-Eastern Europe

    10 February 2017

    ILO study highlights shortage of quality long-term services for older people in the region while a significant number of female migrant workers move to Western Europe to fill existing gaps. We asked Kenichi Hirose, co-author of the research with Zofia Czepulis-Rutkowska, to tell us more about these trends.

2016

  1. © A. Caballero-Reynolds / AFP 2021

    Does Uber signal the end of social security?

    27 July 2016

    In our latest blog post, ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolwsky looks at the challenges to social security posed by the “gig economy” and new forms of work.

2015

  1. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2021

    Social protection for all to change people’s lives by 2030

    21 September 2015

    As the international community gets ready to formally endorse the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ILO’s Isabel Ortiz explains why social protection is a key component of the new global development agenda.

  2. Lessons from the steppes: Mongolia's model social insurance system

    01 September 2015

    As a role model for social insurance systems, Mongolia, with the help of the ILO, shares its efficient single window system for social services with other countries in South East Asia.

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    Cabo Verde: On the road to universal pension coverage

    17 April 2015

    When it comes to establishing social protection floors, few nations in Africa can match Cabo Verde’s commitment and results.

2014

  1. Workplace injury insurance must be part of the Rana Plaza legacy

    14 November 2014

    By Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships

  2. © Ernesto Benavides / AFP 2021

    Rights to social protection: domestic workers are no exception

    06 May 2014

    A communications campaign to enrol more domestic workers in Paraguay with social security is showing the first signs of success.

  3. © Manuel Cohen 2021

    Why the European Social Model is still relevant

    19 March 2014

    "In some countries, key elements of the ESM have been radically transformed, and sometimes dismantled, even though they clearly were not the cause of the crisis or the budgetary deficits," says ILO Senior labour economist Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead.

2013

  1. Helping migrant workers to secure social security rights

    19 December 2013

    At least 25 per cent of workers in Moldova will work abroad at some point in their career. However, few of them know that in many cases they are entitled to receive social security benefits from their destination countries once they go back home. An ILO campaign is aiming to change that perception.

  2. Older workers. How does ill health affect work and income?

    01 January 2013

    This article seeks to provide evidence on the fact that older workers constitute a non-homogeneous group concerning health challenges. It analyses the impacts of ill health of those concerned on work and income and argues to remove barriers faced by older workers when accessing labour markets and health care. Finally, it discusses comprehensive policy approaches that have the potential to address the issues faced by older workers.