US Department of Labor announces $3M funding opportunity to strengthen enforcement of labor standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $3 million in grant funding to support progress on labor standards, including occupational safety and health, hours of work and wages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Administered by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, this funding opportunity will finance a project to back the country’s efforts to promote compliance with acceptable conditions of work. This includes building the capacity of the General Labor Inspectorate and other state entities, employers and workers, and establishing dialogues to improve labor standards in multiple economic sectors.
The project will support the following:
- Detecting and addressing violations of acceptable conditions of work.
- Increasing worker access to effective state and non-state remedies against non-compliance.
- Empowering workers and their organizations to help prevent, monitor, and/or stop non-compliance.
- Strengthening dialogue among tripartite stakeholders to improve compliance.
The department will consider a broad spectrum of economic sectors in Democratic Republic of the Congo to benefit workers and worker rights to the greatest degree possible.