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India adopts decent work country programme

Feb 08, 2010

Celebrating 90th anniversary, International Labour Organization announced last week the adoption of decent work country programme for India to advance faster and inclusive growth. It aims to empower the disadvantage in selected sectors and states, with emphasis on women workers.

New Delhi: International Labour Organization (ILO), and its tripartite partners - Government of India, Employers and Workers organisations signed and adopted Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for India.


The DWCP for India has been formulated after a process of consultations with the tripartite partners on priority areas for ILO action and focuses on three priorities with social dialogue & strengthening of partners, informal economy and gender equality as the cross-cutting themes:

  • Opportunities enhanced for productive work for women and men, particularly for youth and vulnerable groups, especially through skills development;
  • Social protection progressively extended, particularly in the context of informalisation; and
  • Unacceptable forms of work progressively eliminated

Speaking on the occasion, the ILO Director, Leyla Tegmo Reddy said that DWCP will strengthen our partnership and impact peoples lives, especially those who are most disadvantaged.

DWCP-India, covers a 5-Year period and is aligned to India’s 11th 5-Year Plan, is time bound, results-based and focussed.  The joint programme of action places ILO’s knowledge and instruments at the service of the constituents, policy-makers and other stakeholders in order to advance India’s vision of faster and inclusive growth and the DW agenda.

The DW agenda is built around priorities relevant to the needs of individual countries, jointly identified by the tripartite constituents government, employers and workers organisations and the ILO and is translated into operational Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) at country levels.

DWCP-India has 4 Outcomes:

  • Decent and productive employment integrated into socio-economic policies through policy/action research;
  • Comprehensive approaches developed to address decent and productive work in selected sectors and States, with emphasis on women workers;
  • Social protection policies/programmes formulated and progressively extended; and\
  • Strengthened policy framework for elimination of unacceptable forms of work.

The DWCP-India and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2008-12 are also aligned with similar themes of social, economic and political inclusion.

Decent Work Country Programmes have been established as the main vehicle for delivery of ILO support to countries. DWCPs have two basic objectives. They promote decent work as a key component of national development strategies.

At the same time they organise ILO knowledge, instruments, advocacy and cooperation at the service of tripartite constituents in a results-based framework to advance the Decent Work Agenda within the fields of comparative advantage of the Organisation. Tripartism and social dialogue are central to the planning and implementation of a coherent and integrated ILO programme of assistance to constituents in member States.

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