Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Human Resources: Over a million jobs may have been lost in Pakistan

The International Labour Office (ILO) has said that more than 1.1 million jobs may have been lost as a result of the south Asian earthquake that recently devastated parts of Pakistan.

The organisation has urged that programs aimed at generating new employment and other income-producing opportunities be incorporated into the rehabilitation and reconstruction programs that will follow relief efforts.

Unfortunately as the earthquake hit some of the poorest parts of Pakistan, formal training programs are fine in theory but putting them into practice is another thing altogether. You can not simply create jobs out of nothing or retrain vast numbers of workers with limited skills. Sadly there is a high potential for such schemes to be put into the, "too hard basket".