17 April 2014
ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo is in Bangladesh this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,100 garment workers. ILO News spoke to him about the key challenges facing employers, unions, the government and the international community in the months and years ahead.
11 April 2014
While participating at the spring meetings of the 2014 IMF and World Bank, ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, pointed out that if pre-crisis trends in employment growth had continued, 62 million more women and men would have been working in 2013 when global unemployment reached 202 million. Unless growth picks up, the jobs gap will widen to 75 million by 2018.
26 March 2014
In Myanmar everything is being reformed, says Steve Marshall, the ILO's liaison officer in Myanmar. From tackling forced labour and helping discharged child soldiers, to supporting the capacity building of labour organizations and the creation of new labour legislation, the ILO is working closely with the government and newly emerging employers' and workers' organizations in Myanmar as the country moves towards greater democracy. The ILO's activities in Myanmar were one of the topics discussed at the 320th Session of the Governing Body of the Organization.
20 January 2014
The grim labour market is forcing many workers to take on jobs far below their skill levels. ILO's economist Ekkehard Ernst, co-author of the 2014 edition of the Global Employment Trends report, discusses measures that can be implemented to address skills mismatch and enhance the efficiency of labour markets.
20 January 2014
Over 200 million people are unemployed in the world, and many have dropped out the labour market, too discouraged to even look for a job. Harshly hit are young people, whose unemployment rate is three times the adult rate. ILO's economist Christian Viegelahn, co-author of the 2014 edition of the Global Employment Trends report, warns of a gloomy outlook for jobs in 2014.
20 January 2014
Despite a lukewarm economic recovery, the global labour market remains weak, with growing numbers of unemployed and discouraged workers. ILO's economist Steve Kapsos, co-author of the 2014 edition of the Global Employment Trends report, calls for a "re-think" of the current policy environment and for a new set of policies aimed at boosting the job market.
29 November 2013
One out of every seven people in the world - or some 1 billion people - has a disability. Approximately 785 of them are estimated to be of working age, but most do not work. In this video, Barbara Murray, ILO Senior Disability Specialist, talks about the barriers to employment and training faced by people with disabilities, the ILO's approach to promoting skills development and inclusive work places and the way forward.
27 November 2013
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed each year on 3 December to encourage better understanding of issues facing people with disabilities, and mobilize support for their quest for rights and full inclusion in society. This video features the voices of ILO constituents on what is needed to break down the barriers to promote societies and workplaces that are inclusive of disabled persons.
12 November 2013
ILO TV interviews Craig Churchill, head of the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility and chair of the Microinsurance Network, on the rapid growth of microinsurance worldwide and its impact on economic development and poverty reduction. Mr. Churchill describes how the ILO Facility will work over the coming years to stimulate market development and expand access to microinsurance. The interview took place as the 9th International Conference on Microinsurance met in Jakarta to examine the status of microinsurance and discuss critical issues such as distribution, business models and investments.
24 October 2013
Renata Lemos , researcher at the London School of Economics on Management, Productivity and Development, shares the results of recent research, which demonstrates the positive link between the adoption of better management practices in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and improved productivity.