New ILO analysis sees growing uncertainty, accelerated change in the world of work

In a new analysis designed to stimulate debate on emerging trends and challenges in the world of work, the International Labour Office (ILO) says today’s labour market is marked by a widening gap between unprecedented opportunity for some and growing uncertainty for many. The report, entitled „Changing patterns in the world of work“ and presented to the 95th International Labour Conference of the ILO for discussion here between 31 May and 16 June, describes recent trends and future prospects in what it calls an „emerging global labour market“. „Change provides welcome opportunities for more rewarding and satisfying work and a better life,“ the report says. „For others, change is worrisome, closing off rather than opening up chances for improving living and working conditions.“

Giving a fair deal to the world’s 86 million migrant workers

Across the world, millions of people are on the move – doing jobs ranging from manual labour such as harvesting to high-skilled computer programming. Combined, their numbers with their dependents would equal the fifth most populous country on the planet. And their numbers are likely to increase, according to the ILO. Its Governing Body recently authorized the Director-General to publish its Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, which is part of a Plan of Action for migrant workers agreed by ILO constituents at the International Labour Conference in 2004. Furthermore, an OSCE-IOM-ILO Handbook, which aims for better management of labour migration flows in countries of origin and destination, was launched today at the 14th OSCE Economic Forum in Prague. ILO Online spoke with Ibrahim Awad, Director of the ILO's International Migration Programme.

Audit of Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC)

ECDPM participated in an institutional, organisational and functional audit of the CEMAC at the request of the CEMAC Heads of State to assess the situation of the Community at the end of its first phase of integration (1999-2004) and pinpoint the areas that still needed to be improved. The audit was approved by CEMAC Member States during the Conference of Heads of States in Malabo in March 2006 where the decision was taken to start an important process of reform. (Source ECDPM)The Audit:

DFID on Training Tanzanian entrepreneurs

Home cooking goes down a treat in
Tanzania, and more and more women are turning their culinary skills into profit. But many lack the managerial skills to improve and grow their businesses. UNIDO with DFID funding set up training programmes in six Tanzanian provinces, including Arusha and
Dar Es Salaam, through its Tanzanian counterpart, the Small-scale Industries Development Organisation (SIDO). Women leave the course with a certificate and then get regular advice on how to improve quality and increase their production.

USAID: The Value Chain Approach and Microenterprise Development

The USAID Microenterprise Development (MD) office value chain approach is a powerful tool to create wealth in poor communities and for promoting poverty-reducing economic growth. MD's value chain approach seeks to understand how and when MSEs can successfully compete in growing value chains, targeting sectors where the poor are concentrated—agriculture, natural products, and labor-intensive industries. The approach then works to improve the competitiveness of industries (or value chains) in which significant numbers of small firms participate while addressing the constraints that hinder MSEs’ potential contributions to and benefit from value chain growth.

Guide for training in Enterprise development

A tool available online from the Rural Finance Learning CentreThis training guide provides the material for a seven day training course in enterprise development, which is intended for the staff of NGOs and other organisations, including government departments, whose mandate is to promote "income-generation" or "micro-enterprises" among poor people.