Better Work Nicaragua: Our programme

Better Work Nicaragua

In operation since 2010, Better Work Nicaragua aims to improve the working conditions and competitiveness of Nicaragua’s garment industry. Better Work Nicaragua has contributed to significant progress of the compliance performance of the garment industry through a combination of advisory services, training, and industry seminars between compliance assessments.

The programme has expanded opportunities for decent work on the factory floor as well as strengthened public policies, institutions and practices at the national level. As part of its commitment to addressing discrimination, particularly based on gender, the programme has embedded gender equality throughout its operations. There is strong evidence highlighting that factories make improvements as they become more mature in their participation in the programme, as evidenced by declining non-compliance with ILO labour standards and national labour law in the areas of contracts, occupational safety and health and working time.

In the current strategic phase, Better Work Nicaragua aims to continue to support individual factories but also strengthen the capacity of tripartite constituents. Better Work also continues to explore opportunities in the region building on the successes of the  intervention in Nicaragua. Overall, and within the scope of this strategy, the programme will continue to focus on strengthening management systems in participating factories, reinforcing the role of national partners and social dialogue among them and integrating a gender-transformative approach across all operations.

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