Jobs After War: A Critical Challenge in the Peace and Reconstruction Puzzle


Date-Bah, Eugenia. 2003. Jobs After War: A Critical Challenge in the Peace and Reconstruction Puzzle. Geneva: International Labour Office.

Author: Eugenia Date-Bah


While jobs are central to reintegrating conflict-affected groups, reconstruction, peace building and tackling the serious human security threats unleashed by armed conflicts, the issue continues to receive inadequate coverage in post-conflict debate and action. This book examines the complex decent work deficits after armed conflicts and proposes an integrated strategy for addressing them.

The contributions of several ILO staff and external consultants offer, together, a comprehensive picture of the key issues that require serious consideration as well as effective practical approaches that can be adopted. They cover, for example, the nature of the labour market and other features of the post-conflict situation; the heterogeneity of the crisis-affected groups and their specific concerns, such as youth, women, refugees, internally displaced people and ex-combatants. It also considers other elements of the integrated strategy, including skills training, local economic development, micro-finance, labour-intensive infrastructure rebuilding, social protection; and the roles of the private sector, cooperatives, workers and employers’ associations, labour administration and international organizations. In addition, this volume also includes a number of vivid country case studies which provide valuable lessons. Reflection and debate on the critical issues of jobs in post-conflict situations is also offered making this book a practical tool to aid post-conflict policy planners and implementers at the different levels and to strengthen future action.

Keywords: economic development, private sector, microfinance, labour market

Topics: Combatants, Displacement & Migration, IDPs, Refugees, Economies, Gender, Livelihoods, Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security, Human Security

Year: 2003

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