Can everyone be as well off as we in the West are? That is the comprehensive and difficult question that will be asked when the University of Agder and the Strømme Foundation gather experts from NORAD, the UN and NHO to discuss how the job market can lead to development.
"What elements have to be in place for a job to have a positive effect on individual people, local communities and nations?" Associate Professor Vito Laterza at the Department of Global Development and Planning asks.
This coming Monday, the department invites all those who are interested to a seminar at the University of Agder. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for ending poverty and creating economic growth are up for debate.
Ending poverty is the first of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Within 2030, the UN wants to end all extreme forms of poverty. The UN counts people who have less than $1.9 a day to live on as extremely poor.
Sustainable Development Goal number 8 is about work and economic growth. The UN wants all people to be employed and able to do decent work. To reach these goals within 2030, you also must look at how this can be carried out and achieved.
Is it realistic to think that workers in poor countries will get the same rights as workers in the West? Or are we doing them a disservice when we demand that they get minimum wage, the right to unionise, social protection and having a safe work place?
Wenche Fone, Director of the Civil Society Department in NORAD (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), Henrik Munthe, attorney at law and negotiator in NHO (the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise), Mathews Philip, Executive Director in South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring, and Titus Tenga, international director in the Strømme Foundation, will be discussing the issues.