Videos and Photos


  1. Video

    Community infrastructure development: reducing poverty in times of crisis

    01 December 2009

    Disasters like floods, landslides, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions often occur in countries such as the Philippines. The video presents the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) which created jobs at the community level using local resource-based investments in infrastructure. It proved that emergency interventions after a calamity not only provide immediate relief and employment for the affected families but also help improve their access to future employment and livelihood towards rebuilding their lives and their community.

  2. Child Labour

    India: Puppets Versus Child Labour

    28 September 2009

    The art of puppetry has a profound place in India’s deep tradition of storytelling. For centuries, puppets have not only been used to entertain, but to educate, inspire, and even heal the sick and the disabled. Now this ancient Indian art form is being used in a new way, to fight the plague of child labour in India.

  3. Child Labour

    India: Finding a Voice in the Silk Industry

    28 September 2009

    When families have no source of immediate income, often the only answer the families seem to have is sending their children to work. And just as the parents themselves were sent to work when they were young, the plague of child labour passes on from one generation to another. But in India’s silk industry, now it is the mothers who are breaking the cycle of child labour. At the same time, thanks to a remarkably successful initiative, the mothers of the silk industry are finding their own voices; in their families, in their communities, and in changing society for the better.

  4. Child Labour

    India: Fighting Child Labour with Street Plays

    28 September 2009

    Like every complex problem, the causes of child labour are many: social, economic, cultural, and political factors all play a role. But perhaps the best way to help people understand and do something about the plague of child labour is to reach out to them on their own terms, using stories taken from real life. In India, this unique approach is having remarkable results, and it is playing out on the streets of hundreds of villages.

  5. Audio

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh speaks at Global Jobs Summit

    17 June 2009

    Speaking by video address to the Global Jobs Summit at the 98th International Labour Conference (ILC), the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh shared her concerns with other world leaders about the on-going crises in financial and jobs markets. At the closing session of the Summit, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina added that special action was needed to address the needs of the world’s less developed countries and in particular migrant workers, a group of people whose needs would have to be addressed jointly by migrant sending and receiving countries. The ILC has attracted 4,000 delegates from Governments, Workers and Employers organizations from more than 180 countries to the annual event of the UN agency dealing with issues affecting the world of work.

  6. Audio

    Indian employers’ delegate at Global Jobs Summit calls for effective international regulatory consensus

    16 June 2009

    A leading Indian businessman said in order to tackle the global jobs crisis and coordinate development cooperation, the world would need to work together to arrive at regulatory consensus. Mr Yogendra Kr. Modi, Indian Advisor and Substitute Employers Delegate to the International Labour Conference, and Member of the ILO Governing Body, made the comments during a panel discussion at the ILC’s Global Jobs Summit in Geneva.

  7. World Day Against Child Labour

    Financial crisis threatens progress on child labour in Mongolia

    12 June 2009

    A new report from the International Labour Office warns that the global financial and economic crisis could push an increasing number of children, particularly girls, into child labour. Eliminating child labour in developing countries like Mongolia will depend on keeping access to education open to children, especially girls who are vulnerable in times of economic downturn.

  8. Audio

    India's poorest workers get organized (SEWA)

    03 June 2009

    Hundreds of millions of women worldwide work in the so-called informal sector (e.g. a job without regular income and benefits). Many women are trapped in this sector because they lack education, skills, or have other commitments which prevent full-time or regular work. In India nine out of ten working women are in informal work – with no rights, medical insurance, contract, or guaranteed minimum consequently, they and their families remain trapped in poverty. But in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, Ella Bhatt, a woman who has earned the nickname of "the gentle revolutionary", has set up a unique organization – the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). SEWA has not only helped thousands find a way out of the poverty trap, it has given them access to financial services, and a way of making themselves heard by Government.

  9. Audio

    India’s female taxi drivers

    03 June 2009

    For millions of women going out to work is a necessary. But earning a living can be a dangerous business if you are poor and female, and live in India. Many jobs carry a very high risk of accidents, sickness or assault. This issue – women's right to work safely – is currently being highlighted by a global gender campaign, organized by the International Labour Organization – the UN agency dealing with workplace issues. (The Campaign culminates with a debate in June at an international conference in Geneva). In India, some women have decided to look for solutions themselves, by training as Delhi's first female taxi drivers and offering a service to working women.

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    Barefoot solar engineers

    03 June 2009

    Everyone's affected by climate change, but women are increasingly being seen as more vulnerable than men because they represent the majority of the world's poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources. In India's Rajasthan desert some of the region's poorest are being trained as "barefoot solar engineers" so putting these ideas into practice and showing how the new idea of "green jobs" can also help alleviate poverty.