Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 leads to massive labour income losses worldwide

Global labour income is estimated to have declined by 10.7 per cent, or US$ 3.5 trillion, in the first three quarters of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019

A new ILO analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 reveals a “massive” drop in labour income and a fiscal stimulus gap that threatens to increase inequality between richer and poorer countries The devastating losses in working hours caused by the COVID-19 pandemic  have brought a “massive” drop in labour income…

Source: African Union (AU) |

The African Union Ten Year Action Plan on Child Labour plan moves toward implementation

According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) global estimates, about 152 million children, 64 million girls and 88 million boys, are in child labour worldwide

The African Union (AU) is initiating discussions with stakeholders on the implementation of African Union’s Ten Year Action Plan to Eradicate Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020-2030) adopted during the AU Summit held in February 2020. This initiative resonates well with the International Labour Organization (ILO)…

Source: Save the Children |

Coronavirus: 150 million additional children plunged into poverty due to COVID-19, UNICEF, Save the Children say

The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic

New analysis reveals the number of children living in multidimensional poverty – without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation, or water – has increased by 15 per cent since the start of the pandemic. The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due…

Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Coronavirus - International Labour Organization (ILO): Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study

To guarantee at least basic income security and access to essential health care for all in 2020 alone, developing countries should invest approximately US$1.2 trillion – on average 3.8 per cent of their GDP – says a new ILO policy brief. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the social…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings welcomes Report on Undertakings made by The Minister of Higher Education

Department has revised 38 subject curriculum in the end programmes and despite challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, 14 of these will be implemented in January 2021

The Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings received a briefing yesterday on progress made on the implementation of the undertakings that were made by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, during Question and Answer Session in the National Council of Provinces on 29, May 2018.…

Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Coronavirus - South Africa: International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes G20 commitment to inclusive, employment-focused recovery from COVID-19 crisis

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting Declaration puts the focus on decent work, women and youth

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has welcomed the commitment of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers to a job-centric focus for COVID-19  recovery plans, promoting decent work for all, especially women and youth. The meeting took place against the backdrop of unprecedented turmoil in global labour markets, with a decline in working hours…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

New research finds lack of access to adequate child care as one of the top barriers to Economic Empowerment for Refugee Women

Refugee women are consistently under or unemployed in greater numbers than other populations, which has only been further exacerbated by COVID-19

A new study from the International Rescue Committee uncovers what economic empowerment means to refugee women in Germany, Kenya, and Niger; lack of childcare, harassment and gender-based violence, prioritizing men’s workforce integration, social stigma, and limited autonomy in decision-making cited as top constraints to economic participation; as the Beijing Platform…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Situation of African Migrants in the Middle East

Many countries have put in place mechanisms to respond to Covid-19 induced adverse conditions

The African Union Commission notes with dismay recent adverse media reports regarding the plight of African migrant workers in different parts of the world especially the Middle East. While the root causes might be different in each country, the challenges experienced by African labour migrants working in low skilled jobs…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Coronavirus: UN Report shows How Public Procurement is a Powerful Tool for Sustainable Development

Strategic government spending on goods and services can increase the uptake of sustainability standards in the wake of COVID-19

As governments respond with unprecedented spending to combat the coronavirus pandemic, a new report released by the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), urges them to ensure public procurement does no harm to people and the planet. The report entitled “Scaling up Voluntary Sustainability Standards through Sustainability Public Procurement and Trade Policy” explores…

Source: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) |

Coronavirus - Somalia: As COVID-19 rages on, midwives continue to provide quality care in Somalia

As of 6 September 2020, Somalia had recorded 3,362 cases with 97 deaths and 2,738 recoveries

Zahra Abdirisak, 24, qualified as a midwife in 2017 from Mogadishu Midwifery School which receives technical and financial support from UNFPA. She has since been playing her role as a midwife; being the primary caregiver for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. "My…