Workers Rights


ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme

Irish Aid ILO Partnership Programme

July 2008 to June 2011- worth 9 million Euro the aim of which is:

"to contribute to the realisation of Decent Work for All, with a focus in a number of selected countries, by promoting and supporting women's entrepreneurship, working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities and implementing action against forced and child labour."

Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.

Among the components are:

  • WEDGE: Women's Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equality - see work in Zambia and Southern Africa;
  • INCLUDE: Promoting Decent Work for People with Disabilities through a Disability Inclusion Support Service;
  • PEPDEL: Promoting the Employability and Employment of People with Disabilities through effective Legislation; More on these here and here
  • SAP-FL: Special Action Programme against Forced Labour more here;

A new element of the programme and one Congress had been seeking Irish Aid buy in for quite some time is the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) - 1 million Euro

  • to enhance the knowledge base of employers' and workers' organisations to take effective action against child labour;
  • to develop and promote policies, strategies and action plans in employers' and workers' organisations on combating child labour;
  • to enhance the capacity of key national, regional and international workers and employers institutions and networks to be involved in designing policy and programmes to tackle child labour.

The programme is currently being evaluated and a fourth phase being considered.