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Than Wai Aung, a migrant worker from Myanmar, turned himself from a construction worker into a mushroom entrepreneur wit the help of the ILO's C-BED business skills training.
The AEC will create new opportunities for jobs and prosperity for the region’s 600 million women and men. However, unless managed properly, the AEC could aggravate existing inequalities.
Business strategist, TV commentator and best-selling author, Carol Roth shares tips and advice on starting successful businesses and minimizing risks. Sharp and straight-forward, she voices her views on youth employment and small business development on the APYouthNet talk show.
The ILO has been working to improve the conditions of indigenous and tribal peoples since the 1920s. Despite progress, the path to an inclusive and fair society is far from over.
The well-publicised case of the abused Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih placed a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population, migrant domestic workers.
Seasonal workers from Papua New Guinea have just embarked on their latest overseas journey. Working on a large Australian fruit farm gives them more income, and an ILO project helps them to use it to build a brighter future for them and their families.
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How an ILO supported project helped a local community to improve their farming practices, develop their market access, create jobs and support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

What's new

  1. Press release

    International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes US/Myanmar announcement on labour market collaboration

    With the ILO's technical support,the Governments of the United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will work together to support the promotion of fundamental labour rights and practices in Myanmar.

  2. School to work transition

    Young workers in Asia face instability and vulnerability

    A new International Labour Organization (ILO) report on the transitions of young people from education to the employment market in Asia and the Pacific, finds majority of youth in the region are either in low quality jobs or unemployed.

  3. Media advisory

    ILO to promote decent work in Small Island Developing States at SIDS Conference in Samoa

    The ILO will call for greater emphasis on decent job creation as a path to sustainable development at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September 2014

  4. ASEAN report

    ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015. New opportunities for growth and prosperity will emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations.

  5. Press release

    ILO Training to boost employment services in Asia-Pacific

    Boosting employability, improving access to labour markets, and promoting employment in six Asia Pacific countries, is the focus of a five-day employment services training being organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok.

  6. Newsletter

    GMS TRIANGLE Newsletter 5, July 2014

    April-July 2014 saw the GMS TRIANGLE project complete its fourth annual report, with highlights including nearly 9,000 provincial and national level government officers trained, more than 38,422 women and men having received support, and US$1 million ordered as compensation to 2,444 migrant worker complainants.

  7. Skills development in Asia-Pacific

    ILO Meeting to discuss ways to improve skills development in Asia-Pacific

    An International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting is expected to roll out new action plans to improve skills development in Asia and the Pacific.

  8. Migrant workers

    Saphan Siang Youth Ambassadors: Engaging youth to change public attitudes towards migrant workers

    Migrant workers often suffer from discrimination and biased public attitudes in Thailand. An ILO-supported programme aims to change the situation by engaging a group of university students with the migrant workers. Better understanding and mutual respect has been created. They are expected to influence more people.

  9. People living with HIV

    Bold move in Sri Lanka lets people with HIV get health coverage

    For the first time, leading insurance firms in Sri Lanka will cover HIV-related medical costs. The move – spearheaded by the ILO – means increased access to treatment and a better quality of life for HIV-positive patients and their families.

  10. Press release

    ILO and the Republic of Korea sign US$1 million funding deal

    The Government of the Republic of Korea to contribute US$1 million to ILO programmes to improve working conditions in Asia and the Pacific and other parts of the world.

  11. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, September 2014

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, covering the latest activities in the region, upcoming activities and recent publications.

  12. Domestic worker

    Domestic work, Work like any other

    Two months ago, a 23-year old domestic worker from a little-known Indonesian city was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Ms Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was recognized alongside presidents and popstars for what she didn’t do – Erwiana didn’t stay silent.

  13. Economics of forced labour

    Illegal profits from forced labour in Asia-Pacific estimated at about US$52 billion per year

    New ILO report estimates that one third of global annual profits of US$150 billion from forced labour are generated in the Asia-Pacific region.

  14. ASEAN labour market

    Skills and lack of awareness of AEC 2015 a major concern for enterprises, ILO warns

    Enterprises throughout the ASEAN region are extremely concerned about the lack of skilled workforce as the 2015 deadline for the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) approaches, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Key resources

  1. Global Employoment Trends 2014: Risk of a jobless recovery

    The ILO's latest study on employment trends looks at global and regional employment trends - including unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment - and highlights growing concerns about the quality of jobs.

  2. World of Work 2014 report

    This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.

  3. Labour related statistics

    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables.

  4. Global jobs pact

    This global policy instrument addresses the social and employment impact of the international financial and economic crisis. It promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and social protection.

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