2017 ILO technical assistance in Namibia to achieve SDG No. 8
ILO work in Namibia is coordinated through the ILO Country Office based in Harare, Zimbabwe with technical support from the Decent Work Team in Pretoria and Geneva. ILO work will continue to be delivered through the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Namibia, which reflects the country’s priorities and strategies for promoting decent work that is at the centre of SDG8. This will be through promoting employment creation, social protection, social dialogue and rights at work. A new DWCP will be formulated in 2017 informed by the NDP5, the HPP 2016/17 to 2019/20, and the 2014 – 2018 UNPAF and the SDGs.In collaboration with Government through the Ministry of Labour and social partners through the Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF), the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA), the ILO will seek to achieve decent work results in the following areas:1.Strengthening Collective Bargaining and Mutual Gains Negotiation Skills in the Public Sector, Fisheries, Mining, Hospitality and Retail Sectors; 2.Promoting gender equality in the labour market through application of International Labour Standards (ILS) on equal remuneration and non-discrimination; 3.Technical support for the National Statistical Agency for 2016 Labour Force Survey (LFS) data analysis using the new criteria measurement of work; and4.Technical assistance towards a national dialogue on a National Minimum Wage Policy and the classification of jobs in the Public Service.
Ms Hopolang Phororo is the Director for the ILO Zimbabwe and Namibia Country Office based in Harare. She has worked for the Government of Lesotho in the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Marketing as a Marketing Officer; in academia, at the Institute of Southern African Studies (National University of Lesotho) as a Research Fellow, undertaking research on agriculture and socioeconomic issues; and at UNDP, as a National Programme Officer in the Office of the Resident Coordinator. Subsequent to that, Ms Phororo worked for four years as a Researcher at the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU), where she undertook research on HIV/AIDS; socioeconomic and agriculture topics. She has worked for more than ten years in the ILO, as a Decent Work Focal Point Officer and Youth Employment Specialist in the Regional Office for Africa; and as the Deputy Director for the Dar es Salaam Country Office. She has published several working papers and selected articles and chapters in books on HIV/AIDS, youth employment and agricultural marketing related topics. Ms Phororo is passionate about mentoring and coaching women, particularly as a response in the fight against gender violence and has published a motivational and inspiring book. She holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the United States.
World Day Against Child Labour 2017: Namibia
Interview with Hopolang Phororo, ILO Director for Zimbabwe and Namibia
Ms Hopolang Phororo, ILO Director for Zimbabwe and Namibia
What is child labour?
The term “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.