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Decent work and empowerment for pro‐poor growth

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Decent work is a key tool to overcome insecurities caused by a lack of choice and access to opportunities which lead to disempowerment. Decent work includes rights, social protection, employment and the promotion of social dialogue, applied in an integrated manner. The legal aspect of decent work lies at the heart of the empowerment process, helping to break the cycle of inequality by providing a legal basis for empowerment. Donors can be pro‐active in the development and respect of international laws and norms. They can support implementation of national laws through are public awareness, technical upgrading and expansion of labour inspection, promotion of social dialogue and linking technical co‐operation projects with the respect of labour rights. Encouraging co‐operation within and between different groups is key in preventing inequalities of power.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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