HONDURAS: INVENTORY OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON LABOR ISSUES

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 TEGUCIGALPA 000185

SIPDIS

STATE FOR DRL/IL, DRL/PHD, AND OES/EID
STATE FOR WHA/PPC, WHA/EPSC, AND WHA/CEN
DOL FOR ILAB
STATE PASS AID FOR LAC/CEN AND EGAT/HCD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB, PREL, EAID, KSUM, ECON, SOCI, TBIO, HO
SUBJECT: HONDURAS: INVENTORY OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON
LABOR ISSUES

REF: 02 STATE 147754

1. Honduras is receiving the following technical assistance
on labor issues. Sources for this information include the
Honduran Ministry of Labor, ILO/IPEC, the Department of
Labor, and other international donors. Post notes that due
to the wide range of projects and sources of information some
project information may be outdated. Post welcomes any more
updated information on specific programs. (Note: Central
America is defined as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, and Nicaragua for the purposes of this cable. End
Note.)

USG assistance


Project Title: Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining
and Industrial Relations in Central America Project
(RELACENTRO).
Participants: Ministry of Labor and Labor Courts, major trade
unions and employer groups.
Expected Results: Being re-defined based on mid-term
evaluation; project objective is to promote industrial
relations, collective bargaining, and conflict resolution in
Central America.
Funded by: DOL/ILAB.
Funding Level: USD 1,500,000 for all five countries
Project Duration: January 2001 - January 2003.

Project Title: Regional Occupational Safety and Health
Project (CERSSO) (Central America, Panama, Belize, and the
Dominican Republic).
Participants: Ministry of Labor, major trade unions and
employer groups, vocational institutes.
Expected Results: regional center; demonstration projects;
maquila training; labor ministry support; vocational
training; awareness raising. Project objective is to reduce
the number of accidents and injuries in the workplace.
Funded by: DOL/ILAB.
Funding Level: USD 3,600,000 for all eight countries
Project Duration: August 2000 - August 2003.

Project Title: Statistical Program for Advocacy on the
Elimination of Child Labor and the Protection of Working
Children in Central America and the Dominican Republic
(SIMPOC)
Participants: household survey
Expected Results: Design, methodology, and implementation of
statistical child labor surveys.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 2,210,173 for all five countries
Project Duration: October 1999- December 2003.

Project Title: Regional Program to Eliminate Child Labor in
the Coffee Sector in Central America and the Dominican
Republic - Management and Coordination
Participants: Working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Aims at removing children from or
preventing children from exploitative work, and aims to
provide educational opportunities and social services for
children and their families.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 1,169,503 for all six countries
Project Duration: September 1999- March 2003.

Project Title: Combating Child Labor in the Coffee Industry
of Honduras
Participants: Working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Aims at removing children from or
preventing children from exploitative work, and aims to
provide educational opportunities, social services, and
micro-credit assistance for families.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 441,770
Project Duration: November 1999 - March 2003.
Project Title: Combating Child Labor in Commercial
Agriculture in Central America and the Dominican Republic -
Management and Coordination
Participants: Working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Regional project encompassing project on
melon industry in Honduras.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 1,122,501 for all six countries
Project Duration: April 2000 - March 2003.

Project Title: Elimination of Child Labor in the Melon
Industry in Honduras
Participants: Working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Aims at removing children from or
preventing children from exploitative work, and aims to
provide educational opportunities, social services, and
micro-credit assistance for families.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 792,241
Project Duration: October 2000 - March 2003.

Project Title: Educational Response Strategies for Working
Children in Valle, Honduras
Participants: Working children/youth of migrant workers and
children involved in the worst forms of child labor and their
parents.
Expected Results: Aims at removing children from or
preventing children/youth from exploitative work and
providing educational opportunities for them.
Funded by: USAID.
Funding Level: USD 105,252
Project Duration: September 15, 2002 - September 15, 2003.

Project Title: Contribution to the Prevention and
Elimination of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in
Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
Participants: Working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Regional project encompassing project in
Honduras.
Funded by: USDOL/ILAB via ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 3,795,285 for all seven countries
Project Duration: June 30, 2002 - May 2005.

Project Title: Program Supporting Participation in the Free
Trade of the Americas (PROALCA II) (Central America, Belize,
Panama, and the Dominican Republic)
Participants: Ministries of Labor, labor unions, and civil
society organizations.
Expected Results: More equitable and efficient labor markets.
Funded by: USAID.
Funding Level: USD 6,300,000 for all eight countries
Project Duration: July 20, 2002 - September 30, 2007.

Other Donors


Project Title: International Program for the Eradication of
Child Labor (IPEC) in Latin America (Central America, Panama,
and the Dominican Republic)
Participants: Ministries of Labor, employers, civil society,
and working children/youth and their parents.
Expected Results: Combating child labor.
Funded by: ILO/IPEC.
Funding Level: USD 1,242,634 for all seven countries
Project Duration: January 2002 - December 2003.

Project Title: Program to Eradicate Illnesses from the Sexual
Transmission of HIV/AIDS For Workers in Honduras
Participants: maquila and industrial workers in San Pedro
Sula and Tegucigalpa.
Expected Results: Aims at contributing to the reduction of
the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS through promoting changes
in sexual behavior in workers.
Funded by: GTZ (German AID Agency) using EU funds.
Funding Level: approximately USD 27,758
Project Duration: project ends April 2003.

Project Title: Continual Help/Rotating Fund for Honduras
Participants: varies
Expected Results: Promote microenterprises to help provide
jobs for unskilled labor.
Funded by: AECI (Spanish AID Agency).
Funding Level: USD 72,597.70
Project Duration: indefinite.
Project Title: Regional Project: Modernization of the
Administration of Work (MATAC) - Central America, Belize,
Panama, and the Dominican Republic
Participants: Ministries of Labor
Expected Results: Promote conditions for the transformation
of the administration of work in Central American countries.
Funded by: AECI (Spanish AID Agency).
Funding Level: USD 2,930,000 for all eight countries
Project Duration: October 1997 - December 31, 2002.

Project Title: Special Rights Protection in Honduras
Participants: Ministry of Labor
Expected Results: Strengthening institutional ability of MOL;
better awareness of and participation in combating child
labor by municipal authorities; investigation of child labor
in salt and sugar industries in Valle.
Funded by: UNICEF.
Funding Level: USD 15,000/year
Project Duration: project planned for 2002-2006.

Project Title: Special Rights Protection/Good Start to Life
in Honduras
Participants: Ministry of Labor
Expected Results: Strengthening institutional ability of MOL;
better awareness of and participation in combating child
labor by municipal authorities; investigation of child labor
in salt and sugar industries in Valle; two child care centers
for the children of working women.
Funded by: UNICEF
Funding Level: USD 30,000/year
Project Duration: project planned for 2002-2006.

Project Title: Incorporating the Gender Dimension in Policies
of Eradicating Poverty and Generating Employment in Latin
America (Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay,
and Peru).
Participants: Ministries of Labor
Expected Results: Improving employment options for female
workers.
Funded by: ILO
Funding Level: USD 1,250,000 for all six countries
Project Duration: April 1, 2002 - December 31, 2003.

Project Title: Worker Education Assistance for Rural Workers
Organizations in Latin America for the Promotion of
International Core Labor Rights (Costa Rica, Dominican
Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua).
Participants: Ministries of Labor
Expected Results: Improved living conditions for rural
workers.
Funded by: ILO/Government of Norway
Funding Level: USD 1,480,740 for all four countries
Project Duration: February 2000 - June 2003.

Project Title: Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor in
Garbage Dumps of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Participants: Ministries of Labor
Expected Results: Reduction of child labor in garbage dumps.
Funded by: ILO/Government of Italy
Funding Level: USD 2,753,812 for all three countries
Project Duration: July 2002 - June 2004.

Project Title: Tripartism and Social Dialogue in Central
America: Strengthening the Processes of Consolidation of
Democracy.
Participants: Ministries of Labor, labor unions, and
employers
Expected Results: Improve government relations with civil
society and business.
Funded by: ILO/Government of Norway
Funding Level: USD 1,750,000 for all five countries
Project Duration: June 2002 - June 2004.

Project Title: Extension of Social Security Coverage to the
Excluded and Poor in Honduras.
Participants: Ministries of Labor, NGOs/civil society, and
employers.
Expected Results: Extend social security coverage.
Funded by: Government of The Netherlands
Funding Level: USD 207,667
Project Duration: April 2002 - December 2003.

Project Title: Regional Program for Sustainable Employment
(Central America, particularly Honduras and Nicaragua).
Participants: Ministries of Labor, NGOs/civil society, and
employers.
Expected Results: Create quality jobs in small businesses.
Funded by: Government of The Netherlands
Funding Level: USD 356,700 for all five countries
Project Duration: July 2002 - June 2003.

Project Title: Decent Work for Formation and Innovation
(Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,
and Nicaragua).
Participants: Ministries of Labor and universities.
Expected Results: Create decent work and improve human
resources development.
Funded by: Government of Italy
Funding Level: USD 650,000 for all six countries
Project Duration: June 2001 - May 2004.

Project Title: International Commercialization of Products
from Small Businesses in Central America, Panama, and the
Dominican Republic.
Participants: Governments and cooperative associations.
Expected Results: Promotion of exports of products produced
by cooperatives.
Funded by: Government of Italy
Funding Level: USD 300,000 for all seven countries
Project Duration: second half of 2002 - 2004.

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