International Labour Organization (ILO)

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Established in 1919, the ILO is devoted to advancing social justice for women and men through decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity. As the United Nations agency responsible for international labour standards and the preservation of labour rights, the ILO is made up of 182 member States along with workers’ and employers’ organizations from around the world. The tripartite nature of the ILO makes the organization the only UN agency where government representatives, workers and employers jointly shape policies and programmes with the aim to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment, promote gender equality, enhance social protection, and strengthen social dialogue.

Since its foundation, the ILO has supported countries hit by conflict or disaster through a variety of policies and approaches. Following the escalation of the conflict in Yemen in March 2015, the ILO programme is focusing on job creation and income earning opportunities for young women and men to restore the livelihoods of the affected populations; Smoothing harmful impact on skills and human capital accumulation through demand-driven education and training measures; Open concrete options for entrepreneurship and self-employment through training on business skills and access to physical, financial, and social capital; Enhance local institutions capacities and improve local labour governance through capacity development and evidence-based policy.