Inclusive Employment and Social Partnership
The ‘Inclusive Employment and Social Partnership’ project aims to enhance cooperation between civil society organisations and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to ensure the employment and social protection of socially-handicapped women and persons with disabilities. The project focuses on gender and disability mainstreaming, introducing new ICT tools, enhancing existing and establishing new social services, and supporting the development of social enterprises.
Uzbekistan’s population currently exceeds 27 million, half of which is composed of young people under the age of 27, and 64 per cent of which lives in rural areas. In 2010, 11,638,000 people were of working age, 11,628,000 people were employed, and 16,192 people were registered as looking for work (out of whom 7,011 were women).
Ensuring both the sustainability generation of employment opportunities and the continued development of civil society are the two most urgent and challenging issues faced in Uzbekistan. These matters are interlinked and cannot be solved separately from each other. The crucial role played by civil society organisations in formulating employment policy, ensuring its monitoring and evaluation, and offering supported and sheltered employment for vulnerable people, has not been fully recognised or utilised.
The ‘Inclusive Employment and Social Partnership’ project, launched by UNDP and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, works to support and advocate for civil society organisations operating within this field.
- Established National and Regional Coordination Councils regarding employment and social protection, consisting of selected representatives of CSOs, linear ministries and political parties, to discuss new policies and legislation and their monitoring and evaluation;
- Introduced ICT tools, through the creation of the mehnat.uz online employment service and through the creation and maintenance the Ministry’s official website. The later contains an online depository of employment and social protection-related documents, full information on employment and social protection policies and news, and statistical data regarding gender and disability issues;
- Organised capacity development activities for state agencies and CSOs regarding data collection and analysis, and policy making based on results-based management, risk analysis and management, methodologies for monitoring and evaluation, and gender and disability mainstreaming;
- Increased the capacity of CSOs and state bodies in the joint provision of vocational training, employment and social services. A contest will be conducted among CSOs, in order to develop best ideas with a focus on providing employment, vocational training and social services to communities, while a feasibility study of the selected ideas will be conducted. The implementation of the best ideas will be supported, and monitoring and evaluation will be provided.
- The Law ‘On Social Partnership’ will continue to provide mechanisms to involve NGOs in decision-making and legislative processes;
- The Resolution of the Minister regarding the adoption of a database and online employment service will provide gender and disability-based data gathering and analysis for informed policymaking, while shortening the time spent by unemployed persons in finding work;
- The mehnat.uz online employment service will contribute to employment sustainability by addressing the issues of mismatches between supply and demand for labour within the domestic market;
- The 10 social enterprises established within the project will provide financial sustainability and independence to NGOs.