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December 2005

  1. Publication

    Poland and the ILO: History, again

    01 December 2005

  2. Publication

    Breaking the chains of poverty through microfinance

    01 December 2005

    The ILO has found microfinance to be an invaluable tool within its programmes in helping to reduce poverty and eliminate child labour and debt bondage. The strategy is to offer financial services like savings and credit, insurance and remittance handling to low-income groups so they are empowered, have more options and do not need to rely on the moneylender any longer. The goal is financial security, a key aspect of decent work.

  3. Publication

    How the ILO contributes to the MDGs: Stories from East Africa

    01 December 2005

    ILO programmes in East Africa are good examples of how decent work combats poverty and contributes to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Two programmes presented here show the importance of promoting gender equality (MDG 3) at work and youth employment (MDG 8) in order to attain sustainable poverty reduction.

  4. Publication

    Jobs and the millennium generation: Working out of poverty

    01 December 2005

    At the recent World Summit of the UN General Assembly, over 150 Heads of State approved a historic Outcome Document stating: "We strongly support fair globalization and resolve to make the goal of full and productive employment and decent work for all... a central objective." This represents important worldwide support at the highest level for the ILO's Decent Work Agenda as a prime motivator in poverty reduction under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should serve as a guiding force for national and international development policies. In the article below, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia provides a new agenda for tackling poverty and creating jobs. In the series of articles that follow, World of Work reviews some significant efforts by the ILO in this regard.

  5. Publication

    Hurricane force: As experts debate global job safety, nature provides a lesson in the unexpected

    01 December 2005

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of rescue workers faced life-threatening dangers while trying to save the sick and stranded in the US Gulf Coast region. The natural disaster provided an object lesson for safety experts in Orlando at the XVIIth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work while they took on the larger issue of work-related accidents and illnesses worldwide, a growing problem the ILO says can be solved. ILO's Katherine Lomasney reports.

  6. Publication

    Taking root: The revival of cooperatives in Ethiopia

    01 December 2005

    Not all stories coming from Ethiopia are tales of tragedy. Here is one of them. Although the economy was ruined and the cooperative idea discredited by 14 years of communist rule in the country, the ILO succeeded in cultivating a cooperative renaissance. Sam Mshiu reports from Addis Ababa, where the ILO recently established its Regional Office for Africa.

November 2005

  1. Video

    Visit of former US President Bill Clinton to Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    30 November 2005

    Former US President Bill Clinton visited several projects run by various agencies of the UN, and spoke briefly with Peter Rademaker of the ILO Jakarata office about the ILO’s employment center and other projects in Banda Aceh.

  2. Article

    World AIDS Day: HIV/AIDS & work in a globalizing world

    30 November 2005

    The theme of World AIDS Day 2005 is "Stop AIDS - keep the promise" - of the international community to control the epidemic and help those affected. As current chair of the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations, the ILO is marking this day by focusing on workplace action in the community at large and in the UN. Odile Frank, ScD, Senior Research and Policy Adviser and Head, Research and Policy Analysis Unit of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work recently completed a new study on "HIV/AIDS and work in a globalizing world" and gave this interview to ILO Online.

  3. Article

    Girls for sale: Preventing trafficking within China

    25 November 2005

    An estimated 94 million Chinese farmers migrated for work in 2002. The influx of such huge numbers of rural surplus labourers has created opportunities for those seeking to exploit the most vulnerable, i.e. children and young women. In April 2004, the Chinese authorities and the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) started a new project to prevent trafficking in children and youth for labour exploitation. Hans van de Glind, Chief technical advisor of the project, sent ILO online the following report.

  4. Video

    Puppets spread AIDS message in India

    24 November 2005

    Raising awareness of HIV/AIDS can be difficult in countries where sex is taboo and literacy rates are low. An Indian community group supported by the International Labour OrganiZation has been reaching out to truck drivers and migrant workers with an entertaining and educational puppet show.