The International Training Centre of the ILO at the heart of an agreement between the ILO and the Government of Brazil

The Government of Brazil has announced that it will support a training programme run by the Turin Centre on natural disaster and humanitarian crisis prevention and recovery. The ILO’s Director-General, Juan Somavía, and the Permanent Representative of Brazil in Geneva, Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevedo, formalized the launch of the programme on 27 October, in the presence of the ITC-ILO Director, Mr Francois Eyraud.

The ILO Director-General expressed his gratitude, and emphasized that social inclusion and economic development are crucial to long-term post-crisis recovery.

For the past 15 years, the Centre has run a training programme on local development, in English, Spanish and Portuguese, mainly targeting policy-makers and managers in local government.  It includes a specific component on local development and natural disaster risk prevention and recovery. It is run in partnership with the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) and the ILO Programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction.

The Government of Brazil has decided to allocate around US$ 1 million to this programme over three years. Its main components will be:

  • designing and running a disaster risk prevention and recovery course in Portuguese;
  • support for the ongoing programmes in English and Spanish through targeted fellowships for priority countries in Brazil’s development cooperation;
  • national or sub-regional training workshops on disaster risk reduction and on local economic recovery in Portuguese-speaking African countries, Timor-Leste, Niger and Occupied Arab Territories.





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