Friday, 22 June 2007

Trans-national learning for NMS NGOs on development issues relating to labour rights

Information provided by Paola Simonetti, European Coordinator, ISCOS-Cisl, Italy

The Italian NGO ISCOS-CISL has launched a website on trans-national learning: The website aims to provide information and a forum for discussion and exchanging ideas on decent work, labour rights in European and developing countries.

The web site is part of a wider education to development project which ISCOS-Cisl is currently running thanks to the support of the European Commission, and in partnership with other European Organisations like IFWEA and SOLIDAR. The project is entitled: Trans-national Learning for Civil Society Organisations from new Member States on development issues relating to international labour rights. Its aim consists in improving the capacity of the New Member Sates NGOs and Trade Unions to mobilise public support, as well as, political awareness on the labour conditions in developing countries and their interdependence with European Development policies and strategies.

The labour issue in developing countries is nowadays a central subject in the context of the North/South relations. In the perspective of globalisation and interdependence of the world economy, the developed countries have to face specific problems linked to the labour and workers conditions in developing countries. In this perspective it is vital to provide the civil society actors, like NGOs and Trade Unions, with adequate knowledge, as well as, means and tools for improving their communication and advocacy strategies on these themes.

The target group is composed by NGOs and Trade Unions from new Member States operating in the field of development cooperation in 6 target countries (Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia and Cyprus).

The structure of the project is based on the so called Translational Learning methodology, which brings together at the same time, but in different places, people from various countries. The training activities characterise the overall duration of the project, and they are grouped in subsequent International Study Circles sessions, and Peer-Training activities. Ad Hoc Educational Materials and tutorship are also accompanying the implementation of the courses.

Visit the project web site to find all the details of the project and the organisations involved, including the contact persons. You are welcome to get in touch with them, should you be interested to participate in the courses and training activities.

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