Feature articles


  1. The skilled butcher from Ebai Talho, Timor-Leste

    27 May 2016

    Jeferino Aleixo Saldanha’s hands skilfully cut and slice the fresh beef into a variety of ready-to-cook cuts - sirloin, tenderloin, rump steak, cube roll and rendang. He also expertly trims the fat from the meat and ensures its hygiene and quality before selling the cuts to customers.

  2. Improving the tourism potential of Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

    18 May 2016

    Atauro is a small island close to Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste. The country is located in the Coral Triangle known for its rich and abundant marine life. The pristine natural environment is its biggest draw. With rugged mountains and a long coastline, such as those found in Atauro, Timor-Leste is one of the upcoming tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. With a population of 10,000 people, Arauro can be easily reached from Dili by ferry, water taxi, or charter plane.

  3. Felix Manuel: “I aspire to make my clothing label famous”

    10 May 2016

    “I aspire to open a ready-to-wear clothing store with my own label in Timor-Leste, and I desire to make my label, Hare Cloth Apparel, famous in this country,” said 26-year-old Felix Manuel de Jesus Amarel, showing his determination to achieve his dream of developing a clothing business.

  4. Improved its productivity, a SCORE participating company awarded with the Parama Karya

    04 May 2016

    No more chaos of samples, threads and patterns scattered around the workspace of UD Pelangi Indonesia, a medium-scale handicraft company in Malang, East Java. A neat storage room and systematic production lines have been created to make it easier for workers to access materials they need and to meet work orders.

  5. Smart phones, smart workplaces

    02 May 2016

    Almost all garment workers in Asia now own a mobile phone. The ILO’s Better Work programme is finding ways of using this technology to deliver important information.

  6. Ergonomics in China: Tackling workplace stress

    26 April 2016

    The ILO works with unions and the government in China to reduce the impact of stress and poor ergonomics on workers.

  7. © MSME staff and S.van Lieshout 2016

    Myanmar unleashes home-grown entrepreneurs

    25 April 2016

    An ILO training programme makes the founding step to help new and existing small businesses join the dramatic economic and social change sweeping the country.

  8. Let’s give them a chance like others: A business case of Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya

    22 April 2016

    For years companies and organizations have been seeking for a competitive advantage under the philosophy of diversity in working places as one of the ways to integrate people with disabilities in the working environment. It has been proven that there are many benefits gained by opening employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

  9. University student’s canteen business opportunity

    21 April 2016

    Becoming an entrepreneur is the dream of a 20-year-old girl named Maria Mazarela Lay. This beautiful, tall girl has started a canteen business in Timor-Leste’s State University, where she is studying economy management. The canteen specializes in serving traditional homemade Timor-Leste cuisine.

  10. One opportunity, limitless possibility

    14 April 2016

    What is needed for people with disabilities is one chance to show their abilities. An inclusive working environment opens limitless access to equal employment opportunities.

  11. Jaime Lemos’s innovative chicken business

    08 April 2016

    Age is no barrier to starting an innovative new business. At the age of 60, Jaime Lemos C. Moris founded and opened a kampong chicken business in the Lautem district, Timor-Leste, called Copanhia Panirasa Dinaste Lda.

  12. On the fire safety frontline: Lessons from Bangladeshi fire fighters

    01 April 2016

    As Occupational Safety and Health Day approaches, on 28 April, Bangladeshi fire fighters have a message for all factory owners.

  13. Talho Moris’ Butcher Shop: Fresh meat business in Timor-Leste

    28 March 2016

    A cool and clean atmosphere welcomes customers entering Talho Moris’ butcher shop at Bemori Street in Dili, Timor-Leste. A refrigerated display unit showcasing the various fresh meat cuts helps the consumers to choose what they need. Unsurprisingly, the shop is always full of customers.

  14. Opening doors to the workplace for people with disabilities: The business case of PT Dewhirst Indonesia

    24 March 2016

    Realizing the potentials of people with disabilities to companies, PT Dewhirst Menswear Indonesia, a leading garment company in the country, has been providing an equal job opportunity for job-seekers with disabilities since 2001. With a total of 2,700 workers, the company has employed 29 workers with disabilities.

  15. The first local woman recruited to manage construction site administration

    16 March 2016

    A key objective of the Roads for Development Programme (R4D) in Timor-Leste is to build capacities of local contract companies to stimulate the growth of a strong local contractors’ industry.

  16. International Women’s Day round up

    15 March 2016

    The ILO’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Getting to Equal by 2030: The Future is Now”, reflecting the urgency of addressing the gaps in order to achieve the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The ILO office for Pakistan honoured this day with some excellent events on and around the big day of Tuesday 8 March.

  17. Women at Work – Trends 2016

    08 March 2016

    Gender gap in labour force participation has declined only marginally. Joni Simpson, Senior Specialist on Gender, Equality & Non-Discrimination, explains the report findings including wage gaps and some of the specific challenges that prevent women in Asia and the Pacific from contributing fully to the economy and society.

  18. Women are capable of working on rural road works

    08 March 2016

    The Roads for Development Programme (R4D) utilises ‘labour-based technologies’ in the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads in Timor-Leste. To date 500,000 labour days have been generated for local labourers – 150,000 labour days for women (30 per cent) and 350,000 for men (70 per cent).

  19. Sri Lanka: From dream to work

    01 March 2016

    A new ILO project helps people find decent jobs in areas of Sri Lanka that were affected by civil war.

  20. HIV and AIDS in India: Voluntary testing of workers reaches 1.3 million in five states

    24 February 2016

    Recently released figures show the ILO’s programme of combatting HIV and AIDS through workplaces in India continues to deliver strong results.