Feature articles


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. © B. Patel / ILO 2015

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education

    12 June 2015

  15. ‘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.

  16. 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.

  17. When dialogue makes good sense for businesses and workers alike

    01 May 2015

    The successful introduction of effective and regular systems for employers and workers to communicate has boosted productivity and improved working conditions in a Viet Nam auto production company. It has also shown how important it is for such initiatives to be replicated more widely so that new laws bring real, grassroots change.

  18. Providing better job opportunities and future for vulnerable children

    15 April 2015

    A group of children aged 15-17 years old were busy frying chips at the Vocational Training Centre (BLK) in Pasuruan District, East Java. Carefully they took out the chips, and dry them before putting them in a nice package. Meanwhile, other children were busy learning about agriculture and how to grow fruits and vegetables more efficiently at the agribusiness clinic of BLK.

  19. Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    01 April 2015

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.

  20. Survey on “Measuring migration costs for low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE”

    24 March 2015

    ILO is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Lahore School of Economics (LSE) by commissioning a survey on “Measuring Migration Costs for Low-Skilled Migrant Workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE” under the South Asia Labour Migration Governance (SALM) Project funded by the EU.