Feature articles

2016

  1. Enabling people with disabilities to start their own business

    02 December 2016

    An ILO-funded Start Your Own Business training and mentorship programme brings financial independence to people with disabilities in Vanuatu.

  2. Job skills boost confidence, build peace in Zamboanga

    17 November 2016

    The Zamboanga siege in 2013 had an impact on lives and livelihoods. With the support of the UN PBSO, the ILO focused on creating sustainable livelihood opportunities. Young people were provided skills training and are employed at the Garden Orchid Hotel Zamboanga, which also helped address skills mismatch in the city and the hotel industry.

  3. Financial skills help shape a better future

    01 November 2016

    An ILO project in Indonesia enhances labour productivity, employment opportunities and entrepreneurship in key rural activities.

  4. Women shout out for safer workplaces

    25 October 2016

    ILO is working with women trade unionists to boost awareness of occupational safety issues in the garment industry

  5. SIYB training helped me launch my own business

    04 October 2016

    ILO's flagship programme on micro and small enterprise development is helping to create millions of jobs worldwide. This is currently being implemented in several Indian states and in over 100 countries worldwide.

  6. Najma’s story: “Informed migration is safe migration”

    30 September 2016

    Desperate to go abroad to work and escape poverty, Najma initially turned to a broker for help. But, what she learned at an ILO-funded training course made her realize she had been cheated.

  7. How are people skills improving working conditions in Indonesia’s apparel factories?

    29 September 2016

    Training in communications for garment factory supervisors yields significant improvements in the quality of working conditions and big gains in productivity.

  8. Building back collectively through sustainable livelihoods

    21 September 2016

    Judy Torres and his co-federation members in Tacloban City empowered themselves with a small-scale enterprise to determine the course of their own livelihoods after the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  9. Benefitting from climate-resilient responses
 to disaster

    21 September 2016

    Armed with hope to start anew, Fedelino Montecino joined the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) training on contour farming, in an effort to recover from the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  10. Alternative livelihoods after a disaster

    21 September 2016

    Even as Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) took away people’s livelihoods, many displayed a firm resolve to secure alternative ways to earn a living. One such individual was Marina Tudtud of San Remigio, Northern Cebu.

  11. Making SMEs productive and competitive to create more and better quality jobs in India

    08 September 2016

    The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector of India plays a critical role in driving the country’s growth engine. But is the sector working fine? ILO- SCORE training programme equips MSMEs with critical factory management practices to improve their efficiency and productivity.

  12. Post war resilience: New skills bring better incomes for Sri Lankan women

    01 September 2016

    An ILO and Australian Government project is increasing economic resilience and prosperity in post-war Sri Lanka.

  13. The neatest vegetable plot in Timor Leste

    29 August 2016

    A couple of years ago Juanico Soares saw an opportunity to improve his and his family’s lives by partnering with Josephina Farm, a Timorese owned enterprise that provides agriculture support and buys vegetables from farmers for on-sale to Dili supermarkets and restaurants.

  14. Making Chinese factories safer

    24 August 2016

    The ILO SCORE programme helps factories in China improve their record on occupational safety.

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    After the volcano: From displaced person to business woman

    18 August 2016

    An Indonesian woman displaced after a volcanic eruption opened a successful business after ILO training on financial education and entrepreneurship.

  16. Cooking up a brighter future in Bangladesh

    12 August 2016

    A young woman in Bangladesh benefits from ILO skills training, highlighting the leading role of youth in poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development.

  17. Building bridges for indigenous people in Bangladesh

    09 August 2016

    On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we spoke to Sulekha Mrong, an indigenous Garo woman from the rolling hills of north-eastern Bangladesh. She explains how an ILO initiative helps indigenous people to better understand their rights as well as forge positive relationships with government authorities.

  18. Towards Decent Work – Workers take action

    02 August 2016

    Nearly 92 per cent of the Indian labour force is employed in the informal economy. It is crucial that workers learn about their rights so as to protect themselves from exploitation. However, for the future of work in India -- formalization is the step in right direction.

  19. Unlocking a herbal business opportunity in Timor-Leste

    27 July 2016

    Thirty-six year old Ruben da Silva Gusmao knows that he will not be an employee for the rest of his life. He is motivated to become an entrepreneur, considering the vast unlocked business opportunities in the Timor-Leste market.

  20. ILO-Thai Trade Unions meeting on Trade Unions agenda for decent work in Thailand

    25 July 2016