Flagship report

World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Transforming jobs to end poverty

This edition of the WESO looks at poverty reduction and how it has been influenced by income inequality and the availability of quality jobs in developing and developed countries.

This report shows that decent work is paramount in the fight to reduce poverty. One key finding is that poverty has tended to decline in many emerging and developing countries, whereas it has tended to increase in the majority of advanced economies, including in terms of working poverty.

The report also examines the role that policy can play, documenting country initiatives focused on job-centred economic policies, employment programmes, enterprise development, social protection and social dialogue.

Finally, the report discusses the role of international labour standards in reducing poverty and inequality.