September 2014

  1. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    How-To Guide: SSTC and Decent Work

    21 September 2014

    In line with the strategy of the ILO for South-South and triangular cooperation and its outcomes, this How-to Guide aims at helping practitioners better understand South-South and triangular cooperation. It is mainly targeted at the United Nations system and the ILO’s tripartite constituency, with a focus on the staff who will be applying this tool in their operational programmes.

July 2014

  1. Publication

    The Taqeem Fund: Results-based monitoring and evaluation for youth employment in the MENA region: Public-Private Partnership

    26 July 2014

    To support youth employment initiatives and improving the effectiveness of their programs, the ILO initiated work on results-based monitoring and evaluation. This new public-private partnership (PPP) supports a select group of small and medium-sized youth employment organizations from the Middle East and North Africa region to develop strategies and provide evidence of their impact, through cost-effective and mass-market technology-based tools. The results are promoted to a broader community of policymakers, practitioners and funders. The Taqeem (wich means “evaluation” in Arabic) Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of fifteen youth employment organizations pioneering new approaches to build capacity in the MENA region to measure and monitor the impact of national programmes.

June 2014

  1. Publication

    The Microinsurance Innovation Facility: Catalyzing protection of the working poor

    17 June 2014

    The Facility inspires and encourages new approaches to reach unmet needs and thus stimulates product and process innovations within potential and existing risk carriers, but also the types of services offered and the delivery channels chosen. Such innovations can fall within the entire range of operations; they can be related to, for example, the client interface, the processing of applications, the claims and the renewals.

  2. Publication

    Factsheet: ILO in fragile situations

    06 June 2014

    Working in partnership with countries in fragile situations is a priority for the ILO. The significance of Decent Work for peacebuilding and recovery has been highlighted through recent initiatives such as the conclusion of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Over the past decade the ILO has been active in more than 38 fragile and conflict-affected states including all of the 18 member countries of the g7+ group. This factsheet offers key background information on the ILO's work in such situations, focusing on major recent programmes that have helped transform countries recovering from extreme hardship into resilient and functioning States.

May 2014

  1. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    Global South-South Development Expos: Decent Work Solutions (2010-2013)

    23 May 2014

    This publication reviews the GSSDs held since 2010 and the decent work solution forums organized during them by the ILO.

  2. Publication

    The ILO at Work: Development Results 2012-13

    21 May 2014

    This review of ILO development results over the past two years reflects the changing nature of its operations and the growing recognition of the value of decent work. It showcases a sample of measurable results, success stories and good practices, reflected in the fact that in 2012-2013 the ILO achieved a delivery rate of 80 per cent, the highest ever.

March 2014

  1. Publication

    A partnership to combat child labour in the chocolate and cocoa industry

    21 March 2014

    This partnership in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire between the ILO and a number of companies in the chocolate and confectionery industry seeks to eliminate child labour and to ensure workforce continuity in cocoa growing farms by younger generations. The partnership contributes to the implementation of the 2010 Framework of Action to Support Implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol on child labour in cocoa, and addresses the multiple causes of child labour, such as household poverty, the reliance of families on their children’s income, and the lack of access to education.

  2. Publication

    Reducing the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Tobacco-Growing Communities in Brazil, Malawi and Zambia

    21 March 2014

    Brazil, Malawi and Zambia are among the largest producers of tobacco worldwide. A combination of factors, however, such as the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, cultural acceptance of child labour, and the accepted distribution and use of land, have exacerbated the incidence of child labour in these countries.

  3. Publication

    Enhancing Zambian SME’s competitiveness and access to finance

    21 March 2014

    Between 2010 and 2012 The African Development Bank (AfDB) supported a national programme that provided loans to selected SMEs through a number of commercial banks in the country. Crucial to this overall programme was the provision of technical assistance to commercial banks and business development service providers to help them better meet the needs of SMEs, particularly women-owned and managed SMEs.

  4. Publication

    Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (WED) in South Africa: The Abafazi Incubator Project

    21 March 2014

    The WED programme focuses on establishing an enabling environment for women’s entrepreneurship initiatives through increasing their access to service providers while improving income-generation, productivity and competitiveness. This is achieved through building the capacity of governments, employers’ organizations, trade unions, and civil society organizations to support women entrepreneurs at growth stages.

  5. Publication

    Engaging private enterprises in promoting Social Protection Floors: Public-Private Partnership

    20 March 2014

    In 2014 some 73 per cent of the world population did not enjoy adequate social protection. Some 39 per cent have no access to health care at all. One in two children lives in poverty. Only 12 per cent of the unemployed receive unemployment benefit, and 50 per cent of the elderly have pensions. The majority of the population excluded from social protection are the poor and those working in the informal economy.

  6. Publication

    The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour join forces to combat child labour

    20 March 2014

    The partnership connects the 40 million-strong Scout Movement with the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), in particular with its Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media programme (SCREAM). SCREAM is an education and social mobilization initiative that empowers children and youth by equipping them with knowledge and skills to participate actively in the campaign against child labour and for social change.

  7. Publication

    Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry

    20 March 2014

    In coordination with employers’ and workers’ representatives, and funded by the Fondo Social de la Construcción, the ILO Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO-CINTERFOR) commenced an initiative entitled “Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry”.

  8. Publication

    Strategic HIV/AIDS Response in Enterprises

    20 March 2014

    The ILO’s Strategic HIV/AIDS Response in Enterprises (SHARE) taps into the resources of the public and private sectors for the benefit of workers, their families, and enterprises – not to mention national economies. SHARE’s principal objectives are to help overcome HIV employment-related discrimination and to prevent HIV by reducing risky behaviour among workers in selected economic sectors, especially those that might be more vulnerable to HIV due to working and related living conditions.

  9. Publication

    A Public-Private Partnership to economically empower HIV-vulnerable populations along transport corridors in Zimbabwe

    20 March 2014

    Zimbabwe is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa worst affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. A partnership has been established between the ILO, the Small Enterprise Development Corporation of Zimbabwe (SEDCO), multiple private sector partners such as the Post Office Savings Bank, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), to address the challenge.

  10. Publication

    Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprise

    20 March 2014

    Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) is a practical training and in-factory counseling programme that improves productivity and working conditions in SMEs. The product demonstrates best international practice in the manufacturing and service sectors and helps SMEs to participate in global supply chains.

  11. Publication

    Masters Courses for Social Policy Financing and Social Policy Design, Public Policy and Human Development Master Programme specializations at Maastricht University

    20 March 2014

    Depending on the state of economic development, individual countries redistribute between 5 and 30 per cent of GDP through national social protection schemes (social assistance schemes, social insurance schemes, health benefits, pension and short-term cash benefits). Redistributive machines of such an order of magnitude need to be designed, adjusted, reformed, monitored and managed by highly qualified social protection specialists and managers.

  12. Publication

    Multi-regional Project on Strengthening the World of Work Response on HIV and AIDS

    20 March 2014

    The ILO is the lead UN agency for HIV and AIDS policies and programmes in the world of work and private sector mobilization. The ILO programme on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work plays a key role in the global HIV responses through workplaces. This project, the second phase of a partnership between OFID and the ILO, contributed to the reduction of HIV incidence among individuals through effective world of work responses in eleven countries.

  13. Publication

    Improving work opportunities for young people in the Mano River Union (Youth-to-Youth fund)

    20 March 2014

    Aimed at youth-led organizations in Guinea, the YEN, in collaboration with UNIDO, FCP, and the WB, launched a competitive grant scheme. The call was for innovative small-scale youth employment projects and supported young people in the transition from being passive recipients to active participants in the creation of employment and the effects this can have on the promotion of peace. Successful applicants were awarded a grant of between USD 5,000 and 20,000 in tandem with the provision of capacity building assistance in order to support project implementation.

  14. Publication

    Governing Labour Standards in the Chinese Electronics Manufacturing Industry: Labour Market Institutions and Governance of Global Production Chains

    20 March 2014

    Transition from a planned economy to a market economy has brought unprecedented success in rapid industrialization and poverty reduction in China. It has also brought the enormous challenges of restructuring China’s labour markets, developing new legal norms governing new market-based employment relations and building new institutions of labour relations. In the 1990s, when the old system was under restructuring, while new shared norms were yet to emerge and prevail there was a regulatory and institutional vacuum. This led to widespread problems such as sweatshop working conditions, weak law enforcement and a rising number of disputes.