Room for Improvement: How to (Better) Integrate Housing and Labour Markets

By |2018-09-19T10:11:41+00:00September 19th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, decent work, housing & informality, Tags: , , , |

Housing and labour are mutually dependent, but their connection is overlooked in economic policies most of the time. Edmundo Werna, Ramin Keivani and Youngha Cho argue that a closer look and a different understanding of how the two markets are linked will lead to more effective solutions and better housing and livelihood conditions, especially in the Global South.

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The Urban Spring of May 1st

By |2018-05-03T14:07:37+00:00May 3rd 2018|decent work, economic development, Tags: , , , , |

Cities throughout the world face the challenge of how to create more – and decent – jobs. On Labour Day, Edmundo Werna makes the case for an extensive urban dialogue as a necessary condition for a proactive employment policy.

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Creating Decent Jobs Through Waste Pickers Cooperatives

By |2018-05-02T17:36:53+00:00May 2nd 2018|decent work, energy & waste, Tags: , , , , |

In precarious working environments, cooperatives hold an immense potential to increase social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups. Sonia Dias uses the examples of waste pickers cooperatives to illustrate how the concept of cooperatives helps implement the four pillars of the International Labor Organisation’s Decent Work Agenda—and calls on policy makers to create a favourable environment for this organisational form.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV, Part II: How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By |2017-10-14T15:37:33+00:00January 12th 2017|decent work, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part I presented two subsequent paradigms related to the world of work, Fordism and Post-Fordism. Subsequently, it was argued that there are two contrasting trends in the world of (urban) labour: flexibility and stability. This is the second and concluding part of the article, which includes considerations about policies.

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From Blade Runner to Habitat IV – How livelihoods can make or break the City of Tomorrow

By |2017-10-14T15:38:45+00:00January 10th 2017|decent work, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Our Struggle for Global Sustainability will be won or lost in cities", said Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The present article argues that our struggle for good urbanisation will be won or lost depending on the opportunities and conditions of work.

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The Urban Informal Economy: Towards more inclusive Cities

By |2017-10-14T16:14:14+00:00August 16th 2016|decent work, green & smart development, Tags: , , , |

In many countries, informal employment still makes up a large proportion of the economy. Yet local governments often do nothing to protect these workers and instead they are frequently subject to discrimination. Marty Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner from the WIEGO Network show ways in which they can organize to claim their rights and be better included in urban policy processes.

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