DG DEVCO has published a must have manual for development actors working to facilitate the creation of productive employment and promote decent work.
Employment creation, decent work and labour rights are cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. When people cannot access decent work, inequality and poverty persist and development slows down.
Employment, the key to unleashing development and achieving the SDGs
Having a job does not guarantee an escape from poverty. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), high levels of chronic under-employment and unemployment, adverse working conditions and the predominance of informal work are persistent features of labour markets in most developing countries. According to the ILO, around half of the total global workforce, some 1.4 billion people, are stuck in what is known as vulnerable employment.
This is why the EU promotes employment that is secure, pays a fair wage, ensures safe working conditions and provides for social protection and social dialogue, safeguarding rights at work. These are all elements of the decent work agenda.
Productive employment and decent work are also fundamental to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Employment is both a stand-alone goal and is rooted in most of the other goals, such as ending poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality and reducing inequalities. Without progress towards productive employment and decent work, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve the SDGs and meet our collective global commitments.
A useful guide for employment practitioners
To support development actors working to facilitate the creation of productive employment and decent work, DG DEVCO have published the first volume of its new manual – Promoting Employment and Decent Work in Development Cooperation: Concepts and Foundations.
Volume 1 of the manual seeks to sensitise the reader about the importance of employment and decent work for development and facilitate understanding of key concepts, potential barriers to employment and the range of relevant policy instruments.
Volume 2, to be published in the upcoming months, seeks to support policy dialogue and facilitate the design of employment promotion interventions as well as the mainstreaming and integration of employment and decent work in other sectors. It does so by providing practical guidance on the instruments and policy options from which to choose. While recognising the broad range of policy areas relevant to promoting employment outcomes, the practical guidance provided on policies and instruments focuses on labour market policies and interventions.
The manual was produced in collaboration with the German Development Agency GIZ and the ILO, valuable contributions were also provided by the European Commission’s DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Find the manual here.
Watch the video of Françoise Millecam, DG DEVCO B3 Head of Sector on Employment and Social Inclusion, introducing the manual here.