March 2014

  1. Publication

    Microfinance Support Programme, Viet Nam

    20 March 2014

    Microfinance has played an important role in national, provincial and local efforts to reduce poverty over this period with over 300,000 regular clients to microfinance institutions. However, access to relevant and sustainable microfinance services (credit, savings, insurance, money transfers) remains a challenge. The microfinance industry in Viet Nam still needs investments in all aspects for further development at all levels.

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    Improving Working Conditions and Promoting Competitiveness in Global Supply Chains

    20 March 2014

    The Better Work Programme is an innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation, and as at December 2013 included some 22 Buyer Partners and 827 factories employing 966,762 workers. The programme can play a significant role in helping international buyers uphold their commitment to comply with international core labour standards and national labour laws, and to continuously improve their global supply chains. The emphasis is on capacity building and social dialogue and on the identification of practical solutions that bring sustainable and positive change to the industry. Driving sector-wide, sustainable improvements in adherence to national labour laws and core labour standards contributes to improving the lives of millions of workers and their families, and importantly also enhances business competitiveness in major garment producing countries.

  3. Publication

    Entrepreneurship Education – Know About Business in Jordan

    20 March 2014

    The ILO’s Know About Business (KAB) training programme has contributed toward the creation of an enterprise culture in many countries and societies. It promotes awareness among young people of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and self-employment, and of their role in shaping their future and that of their country's economic and social development.

  4. Publication

    Employment Promotion Project following the Earthquake in Mianzhu, Sichuan Province, China

    20 March 2014

    In May 2008 an earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter scale struck the Sichuan province in China. Official statistics state that over 45 million people were affected, including 69,163 deaths. Approximately 6.5 million homes were destroyed and many had to relocate. Around 30 million people lost the majority of their productive assets and almost 2 million people lost their livelihoods.

  5. Publication

    Empowering Union Participation for Strengthening the Role of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour in Better Work Viet Nam

    20 March 2014

    The partnership is supporting workers’ organizations within Better Work – a multi-country innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation aiming at improving compliance with national labour laws and core labour standards while enhancing business competitiveness. This project supports Better Work Viet Nam in particular.

  6. Publication

    Building Capacity for Social Compliance of Investments in Agriculture in Africa

    20 March 2014

    The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF), emerged through a private-public partnership initiated by KfW on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Deutsche Bank. It aims to realize the potential of Africa’s agriculture for the benefit of the poor. AATIF pursues a private sector approach addressing the specific needs of the agricultural sector in a market-oriented way while its social and environmental management system and strong governance structure with an independent compliance advisor safeguard a positive development impact. Especially regarding social effects, AATIF felt that more has to be done than defining standards in order to mitigate social and environmental risks. Building new partnerships, especially signing the collaboration agreement with the ILO as the Fund’s Compliance Advisor, has helped AATIF to establish a credible framework for impact investments.

  7. Publication

    The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility’s Youth-to-Youth Fund in East Africa: Public-Private Partnership

    20 March 2014

    The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) enables African youth to turn their ideas into business opportunities aimed at increasing their income and the creation of decent work for themselves and others. It is a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative put in place by the Africa Commission, sponsored by BASF, and implemented by the Youth Employment Network (YEN) of the ILO. The Youth-to-Youth Fund aims to assist youth-led organizations in designing and implementing projects for promoting and developing youth entrepreneurship through a transparent and competitive grant scheme. YEN has launched a call for proposals for nonprofit youth-led organizations. Winners receive funding and capacity-building support. They in turn train local youth and help them to set-up micro-enterprises.

  8. Publication

    Work4Youth: The MasterCard Foundation’s Partnership with the ILO: Public-Private Partnership

    20 March 2014

    A public-private partnership (PPP) between the ILO and The MasterCard Foundation has been established to improve data and knowledge on youth employment that will, in turn, help the ILO to better guide constituents to shape effective policies and programmes on youth employment in 28 countries worldwide. The way the “Work4Youth (W4Y)” project does this, is through better knowledge on the challenges young people face in their labour market transitions at national, regional and global levels, as well as through the identification and dissemination of good practices in policies and programmes. The project supports participating countries in bridging their knowledge gaps on the particularities of youth in the labour market, including in areas such as financial inclusion, wage and earnings and other conditions of work, and supports them in the development or review of youth employment policies and programmes that efficiently ease the transition of young women and men to decent work.

  9. Publication

    The PREJAL Project: Promoting Youth Employment in Latin America: Public-Private Partnership

    20 March 2014

    In 2005 the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean – assisted by the ILO Office in Madrid – started the regional PREJAL project: Promoting Youth Employment in Latin America, the first public-private partnership (PPP) in Latin America focusing on youth employment. This project aimed to position the youth employment issue at regional and national levels by raising awareness in all layers of the societies of the importance of access to full and productive jobs for young people; promote and support the elaboration of policies and programmes on youth employment through technical assistance; develop innovative experiences of capacity building and inclusion for young women and men, with the ultimate goal of joining enterprises; improve the employability and access to work experience for disadvantaged young people in the finance, energy, security, human resources and sports sectors; conduct a youth employment communication and dissemination campaign, reinforced by a PREJAL virtual platform to exchange knowledge and share the results of the project.

  10. Publication

    The Latin American Network to Combat Child Labour: Public-Private Partnership

    20 March 2014

    The partnership between Fundación Telefónica and the ILO strives to create a regional alliance to more efficiently combat child labour in Latin America through strengthening of institutions, providing the required tools to disseminate good practices and collaborative knowledge. The joint work between the ILO, through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), and Fundación Telefónica’s Proniño Programme has so far gone through three phases.

January 2014

  1. ILO-UNDESA Joint Publication

    The Twin Challenges of Reducing Poverty and Creating Employment

    29 January 2014

    This E-publication is based on papers presented at two Expert Group Meetings (jointly organized by DSPD and the ILO) that brought together specialists to undertake a review of progress in eradicating poverty and to analyse policy responses to the global jobs crisis in different countries and regions of the world. It calls for a reorientation of macroeconomic policies from the current heavy emphasis on short-term stability to the promotion of sustained, inclusive and equitable growth. It stresses the need for the integration of social and economic policies to enable the attainment of people-centred development outcomes.

October 2013

  1. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    GSSD 2013 - Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum: Presentation 6. Youssef Alaoui Solaimani, Morocco, Managing your Agricultural Cooperative

    31 October 2013

    Managing your Agricultural Cooperative -My.COOP-is a training package published in 2011. It covers managerial challenges faced by many agricultural cooperatives. face. It is based on the idea that strong cooperatives are necessary for a more equitable distribution of income, democracy, and economic and social development. My.COOP is a partnership initiative that draws on the success of the ILO’s Materials and Techniques for Cooperative Management (MATCOM) Programme (1978-early 1990s) that developed over 40 training tools. The My.COOP training package includes a trainer’s manual, four modules, and a mobile learning toolkit.

  2. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    GSSD 2013 - Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum: Presentation 4. Cobitech, Kenya, Promoting green entrepreneurship among young women and men

    31 October 2013

    The Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) is a partnership between the Africa Commission, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) and the ILO. Implemented over the period 2010-2014 in Kenya, Uganda, and United Republic of Tanzania, the partnership is funded by the Government of Denmark. In 2010 the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility formed a partnership with the ILO’s Green Jobs Programme in response to the identification of green jobs and green entrepreneurship as one of the key priorities during the initial national and local stakeholder consultations.

  3. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    GSSD 2013 - Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum: Presentation 2: UOCRA, Argentina

    31 October 2013

    The project aims to train workers, technicians and professionals of the construction sector to implement good environmental practices on construction sites. It also aims at promoting both the rational use of energy and the technical training in photovoltaic solar energy.

  4. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    GSSD 2013 - Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum: Presentation 5: SENAI, Brazil, Triangular Cooperation for Vocational Training and Skills Development (Public-Private Partnership)

    31 October 2013

    SENAI, in partnership with SENATI and the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ), entered into a cooperation agreement whose main outcome was the creation of the Centre for Environmental Technologies (CTA) based in Peru. The Centre trains professionals in areas related to clean production and environmental conservation. It also aims at providing technical capacity building in research and laboratory services in areas such as water and sanitation, clean air and clean development mechanisms, land and recuperation of degraded landscape, solid waste, clean production and energy efficiency. In addition, it offers continuing education courses on environmental community-based monitoring, environmental monitoring (technical level) and eco-efficiency. SENATI is responsible for the implementation and management of the CTA with international technical support from SENAI, the Brazilian counterpart and GIZ, the German Counterpart. The Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation together with the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation are in charge of the political coordination of this project and of GIZ’s participation. The Centre has developed a marketing and communications strategy as well as a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure impact and outcomes. The estimated duration of the project is three years (December 2010 to June 2014) with a total budget of more than US$5.2 million (SENAI, 2013). Upon completion of the project, the centre will be managed solely by SENATI.

  5. South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    Concept Note of the Sustainable Development and Decent Work Solution Forum, 2013

    04 October 2013

    The Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2013 takes place in Nairobi from 28 October to 1 November 2013. GSSD is an annual UN system-wide global high-profile event for South-South Cooperation. The overall objective of GSSD Expo 2013 is to showcase scalable, replicable and innovative southern solutions with significant development impact on the ground. Solutions are presented as a basis for voluntary learning with the aim of scaling up their development impact. The ILO Solution Forum will focus on projects concerning sustainable development and decent work in a variety of contexts worldwide.

September 2013

  1. Urban development

    City-to-City and South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    26 September 2013

    Local economic and social development and city-to-city cooperation are gaining international visibility. What are the challenges related to the world of work that cities and their citizens are currently facing? How can cities, local governments and their partners learn from each other’s good practices within a South-South cooperation framework? How can they address the challenges of the world of work together with government and the social partners? These are the main questions this handbook addresses in order to stimulate further South-South and triangular cooperation between cities for the promotion of Decent Work. It also describes current South-South initiatives already undertaken by the International Labour Organization in partnership with the UCLG.

August 2013

  1. Publication

    Workers and Employers from Portuguese-speaking countries adopt Brasilia Declaration on combating child labour through South-South cooperation

    23 August 2013

    Representatives from the Business Confederation of the CPLP (CE-CPLP) and the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Portuguese-speaking Countries (CSPLP), signed the Brasilia Bipartite Declaration in August 2013 reaffirming the commitment of the workers' and employers' organizations to combat child labour in the CPLP sphere.

April 2013

  1. Publication

    South-South Cooperation and Decent Work: Good Practices

    28 April 2013

    The Good Practices Guide on South-South and Triangular Cooperation is part of the ILO's commitment to the promotion of South-South and triangular cooperation, and is targeted at governments, workers, employers, and civil society to help them learn from initiatives based on southern solutions that have proven effective in promoting decent work. SSTC provides an important mechanism to leverage resources and expertise – in particular by facilitating the transfer of knowledge and experience of the world of work in the Global South. It is necessary to systematize the collection and dissemination of such projects. Knowledge sharing is central to South-South and triangular cooperation, and greater visibility needs to be given to scalable and replicable initiatives through a good practices guide accessible on the web.

November 2012

  1. Publication

    The ILO Global Business and Disability Network: Public-Private Partnership

    21 November 2012

    The ILO has developed a global network of multinational companies, employers’ organizations, and business networks on disability, along with disabled persons’ organizations and other resource groups, to assist companies to include disability in the workplace and in their strategic business plans. The ILO Global Business and Disability Network is a business-led, member-based initiative that fosters the development of a workplace culture that is respectful and inclusive, promoting the hiring, retention and professional development of people with disabilities.