Research Papers

Is economic growth alone sufficient to eradicate poverty?

Published on the ILO website Addressing decent work deficits is a necessary condition for ending poverty in all its forms. One year on from the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which established SDG1: “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”, this notion merits further underscoring. First, an underlying feature of the chronic nature of poverty is the ...

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What’s on the agenda at this year’s International Labour Conference?


Published on the ILO website The 106th Session of the International Labour Conference gets under way in Geneva, Switzerland from June 5-16. Here’s a look at the main issues that will be discussed by government, employer and worker delegates from the ILO’s 187 member states. Green jobs in the spotlight The transformational goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development require ...

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Slow global demands lead to poor growth in export earnings

The export earnings from Bangladesh’s Ready-made Garment industry have fallen in the first ten months of FY 2016-2017 (July-April), a study by Centre for Policy Dialogue revealed. The report “State of the Bangladesh Economy in FY2016-17: Third Reading” said that the RMG export earning fall led to volatility on the total export earnings on a month-on-month basis. The report was ...

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Does social dialogue play a crucial role for achieving sustainable recovery from financial crisis?

social dialogue

Published in the ILO website Social dialogue between government, employers’ and workers’ organizations is a powerful tool for correcting labour market imbalances and promoting jobs-rich economic recovery. During and since the economic and financial crisis which started in 2008, national social dialogue institutions in countries of the European Union (EU) have been tested but, in many cases, have demonstrated their ...

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“Large gender gaps remain across broad spectrum of global labour market”

Published in the ILO website  Despite some modest gains in some regions in the world, millions of women are losing ground in their quest for equality in the world of work, according to a new report prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as part of theILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative . “The report shows the enormous challenges women continue ...

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GSP+ and Sri Lanka : benefits and challenges


Published in the Sri Lanka brief on 19, April 2017 The Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) of the European Union (EU) is a trade arrangement that allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the EU. The EU offers GSP programmes to help vulnerable countries to reduce poverty, improve governance and foster a process of ...

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Does decent work matter for economic growth?

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. ...

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Can the garment industry deliver decent jobs for workers in Myanmar?


Published in Clean Clothes Campaign on 5, February, 2017 After years of sanctions, trade with Myanmar (formerly Burma) has started to flow. Low wages and favourable trade conditions are luring garment production from the region to this fragile democracy. Big and lesser known European brands are tempted to join in with this ‘race to the bottom’, unhindered by poor working ...

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Will technological innovations destroy jobs on a massive scale?


Published in ILO Website on 2, May  2017 New technologies and the dynamics of job creation Posted on 2 May 2017 Irmgard Nubler, senior economist at the International Labour Organization The recent wave of innovation and technological change has sparked a lively debate on the future of work. Some believe that technological innovations will destroy jobs on a massive scale, forecasting ...

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