Social Dialogue

SWHAP Programme Manager, Alessandra Cornale and NIR CEO, Jonas Borglin shared the benefits of the SWHAP model during a SIDA brown bag lunch, and at the Sida Development Talks on ”Social dialogue – a tool for development?” in April and May respectively.

Social dialogue is defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) “to include all types of negotiation, consultation, or simply exchange of information between or among, representatives of governments, employers and workers on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy.

Sweden has a long history and experience of working with social dialogue within the labour market resulting in benefits for both employers and employees. In Sweden’s development cooperation, social dialogue has increasingly become a natural part of interventions and closely linked to productive employment, decent work and sustainable economic and social development. Recently, in recognition of the benefit of social dialogue the Swedish government developed an initiative called Global Deal which aims to encourage governments, businesses, unions and other stakeholder to enhance social dialogue internationally. Global Deal was launched in partnership with the ILO and the the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and is well in line with the Sustainable Development Goal number 8.

For SWHAP social dialogue is used as a method of programme implementation. Management, employees and unions work together to design and implement HIV and wellness programmes. The partnerships created during this process foster, trust, communication and cooperation around not only health and wellness but other issues affecting the workplace. A win-win for all parties.

Follow the link below to read a Sida publication on social dialogue that features SWHAP.


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