Feature articles

2016

  1. Building better morale boosts company competitiveness

    01 February 2016

    An ILO programme builds trust and improves working conditions through dialogue and workplace consultation. Businesses benefit as a result.

  2. Story of Lila: Stop discriminating people with HIV

    26 January 2016

    It felt like yesterday for Lila (name has been changed), 35 years old, remembering the day she knew that she was infected with HIV, eight years ago.

2015

  1. New services help Vanuatu recover from Cyclone Pam

    01 December 2015

    As world leaders discuss climate change in Paris, the ILO is helping Vanuatu to rebuild stronger and greener to better prepare for future storms.

  2. © Dominique Faget / AFP 2016

    France: Climate agreement «should be as ambitious as possible»

    27 November 2015

    As the Paris Climate Conference gets under way, ILO News spoke to Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin, France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and to International Organizations in Switzerland. She talks about France’s vision on the green economy and the role the ILO and social partners can play.

  3. Sowing the seeds of workplace cooperation in Bangladesh

    15 November 2015

    Poor labour-management relations are at the heart of many labour problems in Bangladesh. ILO is therefore putting emphasis on building skills at all levels to help bring about better workplace cooperation.

  4. Women weave a better future

    02 November 2015

    The ILO has set up weaving centres in one of Pakistan’s poorest provinces to boost the quality of the products, and improve skills and income of the weavers.

  5. Paving the road for migrant workers to journey towards a brighter future

    06 October 2015

    The ASEAN TRIANGLE Project(ATP) developed a Financial Education Course for ASEAN migrant workers. The curriculum includes a Trainers’ Guide which provides facilitators with step-by-step instructions on how to conduct the course, and a Financial Planner which is a workbook that participants use during the training. The course encourages migrant workers to engage their whole family in goal setting, budgeting, saving, investing and addressing issues that drain their resources. Thanks to the course, many migrant workers' lives have been changed - here is Annie's story.

  6. Timor-Leste: A road gives life to a community

    01 October 2015

    Coffee farmer Pedro Soares de Fatima used to carry a huge coffee sack on his back to get to the nearest market. It was a ten-hour return journey, until an ILO project built high quality rural roads in Timor-Leste.

  7. Welcome aboard new head of ILO Viet Nam!

    24 September 2015

    New ILO Viet Nam Country Director, Chang-Hee Lee, shares some thoughts and visions upon taking office on 15 September 2015.

  8. Lessons from the steppes: Mongolia's model social insurance system

    01 September 2015

    As a role model for social insurance systems, Mongolia, with the help of the ILO, shares its efficient single window system for social services with other countries in South East Asia.

  9. ERA Stories: Proving Women Can

    22 August 2015

    When Rosa Sarmento announced to her husband that she was would be a community overseer on a road building project for a difficult and mountainous road in her village of Metagou, she might have well announced that she was flying to the moon.

  10. Learning to work and working to learn

    10 August 2015

    An ILO programme in Bangladesh shows that quality skills training can be a powerful means not only to improve a country’s competitiveness and to reduce poverty, but also to help young people find a decent job.

  11. Combating forced labour through e-learning

    04 August 2015

    A new ILO online course teaches participants to better understand and prevent trafficking in persons in East and South-East Asia

  12. Tightening bolts and strengthening safety

    31 July 2015

    In the jungles of Papua, Indonesia, an ILO-supported programme has helped construction workers and employers understand why safety is important, and how they can make simple, practical changes.

  13. © B. Patel / ILO 2016

    Labour migration: The dark side of the coin

    29 July 2015

    A new ILO study exposes the pitfalls of labour migration for women domestic workers both within India and abroad and provides policy-makers and service providers with deeper insight into the nature of forced labour and trafficking in the region.

  14. How the ILO helps to promote labour standards in global supply chains

    27 July 2015

    Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector has continued to perform solidly in 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. Exports continued to grow along with employment and workers’ average wages, a new ILO analysis finds.

  15. Nurturing life after Japan’s tsunami

    07 July 2015

    11 March 2011. The TV screen was showing live images of the tsunami as it struck Japan’s eastern coast. From what the reporter was saying, I quickly realized that the images were of my mother’s hometown, where I had spent my summer vacations as a child. I could not recognize a single thing, it was all gone. It felt like the end the world.

  16. NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education

    12 June 2015

  17. ‘Til Everyone Can See - Thai rock stars use their talents to fight child labour

    10 June 2015

    To mark World Day Against Child Labour, Thailand's biggest rock stars have worked with the International Labour Organization on the first national language cover version of the song 'Til Everyone Can See.

  18. The way back to school

    31 May 2015

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.