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Pact for work opportunities for all

Juan Somavia

Juan Somavia  

NEW DELHI, NOV. 29 . The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID-India) have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to create an environment for equitable and sustained growth in India and promote decent work opportunities for all.

The agreement, signed by Charlotte Seymond-Smith, head of the DFID-India, and Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General, aims at enhancing efforts for development with particular emphasis on child labour and other relevant core labour standards; migrant labour, social inclusiveness, including gender issues; and HIV/AIDS.

One of India's largest projects, Andhra Pradesh State-based project for the Elimination of Child Labour, was funded by the DFID for $ 4.5 million, playing a key role in influencing and complementing State-level efforts and policies. The ILO recently concluded the first phase (November 2000-March 2004) of this project.

The second phase (2004-2007) of the $ 8.93-million project has been developed in consultation with the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh Government, the DFID-India and the ILO.

Livelihood for women

For sustainable livelihood for women in the informal sector, the DFID and the ILO signed an agreement in February 2004 to start a five-year programme in India.

In April 2001, the DFID and the ILO entered into a partnership framework arrangement at the global level. Within the framework of this global arranagement, a partnership relating to activities of mutual interest in India has been prepared from 2004 to 2008.

The partnership is also seen as a way of supporting the Indian Government in achieving the targets in the Tenth Plan, particularly those relating to growth, poverty reduction, decent and productive work with a special focus on the needs of informal workers, literacy, health and education.

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