The ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies has created a research prize to annually reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge on the ILO’s central goal of decent work for all.
Prize winners are selected by a five member jury consisting of eminent personalities with an international reputation and proven expertise in labour and social policy issues.
Under the rules of the ILO Decent Work Research Prize, individuals and institutions can nominate candidates but only individuals qualify as candidates. Each nominee must have the support of at least one organization from the ILO’s tripartite constituency (i.e. a government, a workers’ or an employers’ organization) and one leading academic in the area of labour and social policy. The letters of support should come from different regions of the world.
The jury examines relevant publications of the candidates. Both the excellence of the work and its practical value for policy purposes are taken into account.
This prize will be awarded during the next ILO Governing Body (to be held in November 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland) before a global audience of government, employer and worker delegates and media representatives. The winner will be invited to give a social policy lecture. There will be a financial award of USD 10,000, and the winner will be made Honorary Fellow of the International Institute for Labour Studies (www.ilo.org/inst) for 2010-11.
Criteria for award
The prize can be awarded for:
(1) Major specific contributions to the understanding of socio-economic relationships and policy instruments for the advancement of decent work as defined by the ILO (see http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/download/ecosoc/decentwork.pdf). The jury will look for new and original ideas; or
(2) A lifetime contribution to knowledge on the central concerns of the ILO and its constituents (i.e. Governments, Workers and Employers) which reflects and advances understanding of the different dimensions of decent work (creating jobs; guaranteeing rights at work; extending social rotection; promoting dialogue and conflict resolution; with gender equality as a cross-cutting objective).
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