Comment and analysis


  1. © Lydur Skulason 2016

    UNCTAD 14

    Policy coherence needed to turn trade into an engine for growth in Africa

    19 July 2016

    Trade and investment can be drivers of inclusive growth for sustainable development in Africa, says the ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Gilbert Houngbo, at UNCTAD 14 in Nairobi but calls for more integrated policies to realize that potential.

  2. Blog

    Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on

    18 July 2016

    Nelson Mandela left us in December 2013. But his legacy lives on. And we continue to celebrate International Mandela Day on 18 July, his birthday.

  3. Blog

    The call for adequate minimum wages is growing louder everywhere

    30 June 2016

    Dozens of countries have sought ILO’s assistance to set up minimum-wage policies over the past five years. According to our team of experts, the trend shows no signs of slowing.

  4. Blog

    12 things we learned at the International Labour Conference

    27 June 2016

    As part of our coverage of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, we sat down with experts on a whole range of topics to look at some of the biggest issues facing the world of work. These talks were broadcast live to an audience of thousands of people worldwide, who shared their thoughts and questions with our experts. Here’s a short list of some of the things that we learned.

  5. © Herald Post 2016

    5th anniversary of ILO Convention No 189

    Who cares for the carers?

    16 June 2016

    On International Domestic Workers’ Day, some good news on protecting vulnerable workers in the home - An OP-ED on the Domestic Workers Convention by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

  6. © Mopaw Foundation 2016

    Labour migration

    International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers’ rights

    27 May 2016

    Sharing good practice and experience in both countries sending and receiving workers is key to improve migrant domestic workers’ rights, says Maria Elena Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ILO Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their families. outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.

  7. Blog

    What’s on the agenda at this year’s International Labour Conference?

    26 May 2016

    The 105th Session of the International Labour Conference gets under way in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May – 10 June. Here’s a primer on the main issues that will be discussed.

  8. Skills

    Why demand-driven apprenticeships make sense in increasing the employment prospects of young people and in closing skills gaps

    24 May 2016

    Participating in apprenticeships is but one of many ways employers can acquire and develop the skills they need, while improving the employability of the younger generation. In this article, Michael Axmann, ILO Senior Skills Specialist, provides the Global Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform an overview of his experience in implementing the ILO’s quality apprenticeship programme and how it opens up pathways to skilled employment.

  9. Blog

    How do workers fare in the gig economy?

    20 May 2016

    A pair of studies by the ILO examines the working conditions of gig economy workers, whose classification as freelancers often leaves them without protection.

  10. Article

    Sustainable tourism: A driving force of job creation, economic growth and development

    17 May 2016

    On the eve of the T20 Ministers’ meeting in China, ILO Tourism Specialist Lucie Servoz explains how sustainable tourism can be a driving force for decent work, economic growth and sustainable development.