Investigations thus far confirm that both Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands are making progress in terms of access to, and delivery of, basic health and education services. There is more to be done, however, to ensure basic protections such as access to drinking water and sanitation, as well as good nutrition. Large proportions of the working age population are in subsistence and informal work. Draft assessments for both countries will be available for more public feedback at the end of March.
Also in March, the assessment of progress on the social protection elements of the Decent Work Country Plans (DWCPs) will inform the development of a new programme of work for the 2012-2017 DWCPs which will aim to make social security provisions for workers more certain, and to smooth costs for employers. Discussions with national planning agencies, the provident funds as well as development partners aim to prepare the ground for a future where there are more supports (cash or in kind) for the wider population that complement the Kastom supports in both countries.
For further information please contact:
Strategies for Decent Work Specialist
ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries
Tel: +679 3313410