The ILO @ 100

Addressing the past and future of work and social protection


On the occasion of the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), this 11th volume of International Development Policy explores the Organization's capacity for action, its effectiveness and its ability to adapt and innovate. The collection of thirteen articles, written by authors from around the world, covers three broad areas: the ILO’s historic context and contemporary challenges; approaches and results in relation to labour and social protection; and the changes shaping the future of work. The articles highlight the progress and gaps to date, as well as the context and constraints faced by the ILO in its efforts to respond to the new dilemmas and challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, with regard to labour and social protection.

Contributors include: Juliette Alenda-Demoutiez, Abena Asomaning Antwi, Zrampieu Sarah Ba, Stefano Bellucci, Thomas Biersteker, Filipe Calvão, Gilles Carbonnier, Nancy Coulson, Antonio Donini, Christophe Gironde, Karl Hanson, Mavis Hermanus, Velibor Jakovleski, Scott Jerbi, Sandrine Kott, Marieke Louis, Elvire Mendo, Eric Otenyo, Agnès Parent-Thirion, Sizwe Phakathi, Paul Stewart, Kaveri Thara, Edward van Daalen, Kees van der Ree, Patricia Vendramin, and Christine Verschuur.
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Christophe Gironde is a political economist, currently working as a senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also the deputy Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy. His main research interests are human development and agrarian change, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and extensive field experience in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Gilles Carbonnier is Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy, and currently is a member of the editorial board. His research interests include international development cooperation, as well as the governance of natural resources and illicit financial flows. His latest book is entitled Humanitarian Economics, War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market (London and New York: Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2016).
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1 The ILO at 100: In Search of Renewed Relevance
Gilles Carbonnier and Christophe Gironde

Part 1: The ILO At Work

2 ILO : Social Justice in a Global World? A History in Tension
Sandrine Kott
3 Who Decides? Representation and Decision-making at the International Labour Organization
Marieke Louis
4 The Achievements and Limitations of Statutory and Non-statutory Tripartism in South African Mining
May Hermanus, Sizwe Phakathi, Nancy Coulson and Paul Stewart
5 The ILO ’s Role in Global Governance: Limits and Potential
Velibor Jakovleski, Scott Jerbi and Thomas Biersteker

Part 2: Protecting People

6 Health Protection in Ghana and Senegal: What is the ILO ’s Role?
Juliette Alenda-Demoutiez, Abena Asomaning Antwi, Elvire Mendo and Zrampieu Sarah Ba
7 The ILO ’s Shifts in Child Labour Policy: Regulation and Abolition
Edward van Daalen and Karl Hanson
8 From the Centre to the Margins and Back Again: Women in Agriculture at the ILO
Christine Verschuur
9 Social Suffering and Structural Violence: Nepali Workers in Qatar
Antonio Donini

Part 3: The Future of Work

10 Digitisation and the Disappearing Job Theory: A Role for the ILO in Africa?
Stefano Bellucci and Eric E. Otenyo
11 Working Futures: The ILO , Automation and Digital Work in India
Filipe Calvão and Kaveri Thara
12 Promoting Green Jobs: Decent Work in the Transition to Low-carbon, Green Economies
Kees van der Ree
13 Redefining Working Conditions in Europe
Patricia Vendramin and Agnès Parent-Thirion

Scholars, students, academic librarians and development practitioners interested in international organisations, the ILO, the future of work, working conditions, social protection, development policy, the 4th industrial revolution, rights and social justice, the green economy, reform, child labour, migrant labour, women’s labour, globalisation, automation, Asia, Africa, Europe and the informal economy.
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