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2014

  1. Social protection

    Microinsurance: Much progress, but challenges remain

    21 March 2014

    Globally, an estimated 500 million people have microinsurance, up from 78 million in 2008. Craig Churchill, head of the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility, discusses the growing value and viability of this insurance mechanism aimed at low-income people.

  2. © Manuel Cohen 2014

    Article

    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.

  3. © ILO 2014

    Business and development

    Improving conditions for women workers has a domino effect

    11 March 2014

    Providing training, health-care and childcare to female workers has an impact that stretches beyond the factory floor.

  4. Gender equality

    100 million women in Latin America’s labour force

    08 March 2014

    Despite significant progress over the past decades, gender equality remains a challenge in Latin America, where women study more than men, but earn less.

  5. © Saeed Khan / AFP 2014

    International labour standards

    Domestic workers: The need to speed up change

    04 March 2014

    We need to step up the speed of change to better protect domestic workers throughout the world, says ILO Wage Specialist Malte Luebker six months after the entry into force of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  6. © François Xavier Marit / AFP 2014

    Rural development

    The need to invest in Africa’s rural transformation

    12 February 2014

    Boosting rural investment in Africa would create millions of badly needed jobs, as well as food security and resilience.

  7. © Peter Parks / AFP 2014

    New ILO Publication

    Inequality is not inevitable

    10 February 2014

    A new ILO book shows that the growing gap between rich and poor is only partially associated with technological change. The divide is mostly the result of economic and institutional policies that preceded the global economic and social crisis and were exacerbated by it.

  8. Forced labour

    Why definitions matter

    03 February 2014

    Definitions are important in developing reliable data and in guiding action on forced and child labour. They mean we can be held accountable for our efforts to generate change in the name of those who are the most exploited in the world today.

  9. © Farjanak K. Godhuly /AFP 2014

    Gender equality

    A quiet revolution: Women in Bangladesh

    29 January 2014

    Women in Bangladesh have made major strides over the past decades, putting the South Asian country at the forefront among the least-developed countries in addressing gender disparity.

  10. Op-Ed

    Reducing inequality will boost economic growth

    24 January 2014

    This oped has appeared in several leading newspapers around the world.

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