Impact and people


  1. Xth African Regional Meeting. Youth Employment: A leap to the future

    25 November 2003

    More than half of Africa's population is under 18 and is hard hit by unemployment. What's more, only 5 to 10 per cent of new entrants into the job market can be absorbed by the formal economy. This article explains how a new Youth Employment Network" ("YEN") – grouping the ILO, the World Bank and the United Nations – is working to help young people find more and better jobs on the continent.

  2. Xth African Regional Meeting. Social security in Africa: A universal need

    21 November 2003

    The majority of Africa's workers today have no social security coverage – and the systems which do exist are threatened by such phenomena as weakness of governance and the impact of HIV/AIDS. This article explains new approaches which are being taken to remedy this, as part of the new ILO Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All, launched this past June at the International Labour Conference.

  3. Xth African Regional Meeting

    14 November 2003

    Decent work for Africa’s development: Signs of hope

  4. Old and new ways of solving social problems

    11 November 2003

    While trade unions have played an essential role in social dialogue between workers, employers and governments, their membership in many countries has declined dramatically in recent years. Looking back over a long career in the German and international trade union movement, Werner Thönnessen explores some old and new ways in which trade unions can adapt to this trend, while meeting the challenges of globalization.

  5. Failing health systems in Eastern Europe

    03 November 2003

  6. Women seafarers: Fighting against the tide?

    16 October 2003

  7. In Nepal, micro-insurance helps the poor cope with health needs

    26 September 2003

    The ILO's "STEP" programme (Strategies and Tools against Social Exclusion and Poverty) promotes innovative systems of social protection for excluded populations. In Nepal, ILO/STEP is working with local partners to develop health micro-insurance that will improve access to health care for workers in the informal economy. In this story, the ILO's Ismène Stalpers shows how health micro-insurance helps pool risks and resources of community groups to provide health protection to all members against financial consequences of the various risks.

  8. ILO: Up in smoke: what future for tobacco jobs?

    18 September 2003

    Some 100 million people are employed worldwide in the tobacco sector. As the risks associated with smoking and the forces of economic modernization continue to pressure the industry, the ILO has been looking at the future employment prospects for tobacco workers worldwide.

  9. Application of standards: Committee considers Belarus, Colombia, Myanmar, other developments

    01 September 2003

    As part of ILO efforts to end the use of forced labour in Myanmar, the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards had a special sitting following up on measures taken in the context of Article 33 of the ILO Constitution. The Committee also discussed the events which have taken place since its December 2002 session, including the appointment of a facilitator for complaints of forced labour, and a recent agreement on a plan of action to eradicate forced labour.

  10. Working out of poverty: Making jobs the objective

    01 September 2003

    Work is the best route out of poverty," ILO Director-General Juan Somavia told this June's International Labour Conference. He renewed the ILO pledge to bring decent work to all parts of the globe.