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Project Office Caucasus
The ILO was founded in 1919 and became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of employment policy, labour administration, labour law and industrial relations, working conditions, cooperatives, social security, labour statistics, occupational safety and health, migration, forced labour and trafficking in human beings. ILO in Georgia supports the emerging tripartite social dialogue mechanisms and through this vehicle provides technical support to new legislative and operative frameworks for modern labour relations in the country in line with international labour standards.
The ILO Project Office Caucasus is implementing EU funded regional projects:
Project “Development of a comprehensive anti-trafficking response in South Caucasus” aims at contributing to the progressive reduction of trafficking in human beings and forced labour through capacity building and empowerment of actual and potential victims. It includes national action planning and support to its implementation, awareness raising, and strengthening capacity of national authorities and improvement of identification, protection and reintegration of victims. It also addresses the issues of labour migration. It contributes to increased dialogue among government agencies, workers’ and employers’ organizations, as well as NGOs. The project involves labour market institutions in preventive action in order to improve the protection and assistance of trafficked persons.
Project “Strengthening of Comprehensive Anti-trafficking Responses in South Caucasus” is the second phase of the abovementioned project and seeks to address reduction of all forms of trafficking in human beings through capacity building and provision of protection and assistance to actual and potential victims. Its objectives are to support the development the national institutional framework to address trafficking in human beings and forced labour; to support prevention of trafficking in human beings and irregular migration through labour market interventions and by informing potential migrants on the risk of irregular migration and the possibilities of legal migration; to assist the Government to detect, investigate and prosecute criminal activities pertinent to trafficking in human beings and forced labour and to improve identification, referral, protection and assistance including reintegration of victims.
Project “Enhancing Development Impact of Migration in South Caucasus through Policy Dialogue, Capacity Building, Partnerships and Pilot Actions” fosters links between migration and development, promote well-managed labour migration and protects migrants’ rights. The action seeks to address challenges relating to enhancing the development of remittances while recognising the private nature of such flows. That is to harness the savings and investment potential of remittances after due social and consumer related expenditures. Further, there has been no or little study done on assessing the nature and incidence of return and its development potential. The same is true of the emigration of skilled human resources. The action will address this gap and propose policy development and mechanisms.
Chief Technical Adviser for Caucasus
14 Mtskheta str. 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.: +995 32 225 0016 Fax: +995 32 225 0016