A fragile state, by definition, is one that is unable to implement its core responsibilities. The standard procedures and assumptions which guide donor engagement in non-fragile states, therefore, may not apply. While the received wisdom is that good institutions will build success in non-fragile states, the reverse may be true for fragile states: success will build good institutions. This event will explore the relevance of current donor approaches in fragile states and whether and how the recent emphasis on the ‘science of delivery’ can assist in refining these to connect more usefully with the challenges faced in fragile contexts.
Based on recent research by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the event will ask why neighbouring countries - which share common historical traits - have sometimes taken contrasting pathways of peace and violent conflict.
Job seekers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a new job within six months or less, according to the new edition of the ILO's “Key Indicators of the Labour Market”.
As the UN marks the 20th anniversary of Human Rights Day under the theme “20 Years: Working for your rights”, ILO News focusses on the challenges facing low-paid workers, which are at the centre of economic and social rights.
"There are two nascent but important trends in the world of work that could be destabilising if not properly addressed," says Roy Chacko, Senior Advisor at the ILO's Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP). The ILO’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities is organizing a symposium on the topic “The future of work” in Geneva on 5-6 December.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed each year on 3 December to encourage better understanding of issues facing people with disabilities, and mobilize support for their quest for rights and full inclusion in society. This video features the voices of ILO constituents on what is needed to break down the barriers to promote societies and workplaces that are inclusive of disabled persons.
One out of every seven people in the world - or some 1 billion people - has a disability. Approximately 785 of them are estimated to be of working age, but most do not work. In this video, Barbara Murray, ILO Senior Disability Specialist, talks about the barriers to employment and training faced by people with disabilities, the ILO's approach to promoting skills development and inclusive work places and the way forward.
On Friday 29 November, ILO officials gathered at ILO headquarters to commemorate World AIDS Day 2013. The event included a human red ribbon, the launch of the report on "The impact of employment on HIV treatment adherence" and a contemporary African dance performance by the Compagnie Donsen. The choreography, specially prepared for the event, delivered key messages on the importance of knowing our HIV status and not discriminating against people living with HIV at the workplace.
ILO and Philippine authorities have been working together on livelihoods recovery. Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of the ILO Office for the Philippines met with officials of the Department of Labour and Employment in Tacloban, to discuss ongoing emergency employment programmes. The city was the worst hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines earlier this month.
Half of the workers affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan were working in the service sector, said the International Labour Organization (ILO).
As victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to pick up the pieces, the ILO is working hand-in-hand with Philippine authorities to help the most vulnerable regain their livelihoods and build back better.