Programmes and projects

The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Asia Pacific focusing on relief and development challenges. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work agenda in each country.

  1. Healthy socio-economic recovery of apparel sector Micro and Small Enterprises in severely COVID-19 impacted Gampaha District of Sri Lanka

    1 January - 31 December 2022

    This project aims at contributing towards the healthy socio-economic recovery of apparel sector Micro and Small Enterprises. It is implemented in Gampaha district that has been hardest hit by the pandemic both in terms of the health crisis and socio-economically. Gampaha hosts a large number of MSEs in the informal economy struggling to survive and build back from COVID19.

  2. Reducing Vulnerability in Lao People's Democratic Republic: Advancing Social Protection and Labour Rights and Entitlements in the Coffee and Tea Sectors (SOLAR)

    15 November 2021 - 14 August 2024

    The SOLAR project supports the government and civil society to promote labour rights and improve access to social security and occupational safety and health (OSH) for coffee and tea workers in Lao People's Democratic Republic.

  3. Strengthening Labour Market Information Systems (LMIS) in ASEAN for better skills and employment policies

    1 October 2021 - 30 April 2023

    The project aims to increase capacity of ASEAN Member States to identify current skills mismatches, anticipate future skills needs and prevailing barriers to access by specific groups, and to generate evidence with a view to inform skills and employment-related policy formulation.

  4. Promotion of C190 Ratification and Prevention of Violence and Harassment at Work in Indonesia

    21 September 2021 - 30 April 2023

    The programme focuses on promoting gender equality and non-discrimination in a context of future of work and promotes Indonesia’s ratification of C190 that cover all the workers.

  5. Promoting Sustainable Enterprises in India (PSEI)

    1 September 2021 - 30 October 2023

    The overall objective of the project is to support Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India to sustainably integrate in global supply chain in alignment to Decent Work (DW) agenda, and generate more and better quality jobs.

  6. Implementation of a Pilot of an Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) in Bangladesh

    1 August 2021 - 30 November 2022

    This initiative will support the Government of Bangladesh, and the social partners to introduce a pilot of an Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) in the Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sector, and gradually operationalize the EIS system, as the first step towards a sustainable contributory social insurance system in the country.

  7. Road for Development (R4D) Phase II – Road for Development Support Program (R4D-SP) Bridging Phase

    17 July 2021 - 31 December 2022

    During the Bridging Phase, R4D-SP will support Government of Timor-Leste's COVID-19 recovery efforts and lay the foundation for the possible transition to the rural roads sector.

  8. Labour Standards on Fishing Vessels

    1 July 2021 - 31 December 2024

    This project, funded by the Government of New Zealand, will support Pacific Island Countries to address the issue of poor working conditions, labour rights violations and human trafficking on fishing vessels in the Pacific and contribute to making employment on fishing vessels in the region safe, decent and worthwhile.

  9. Bringing Back Jobs Safely under the COVID-19 Crisis in the Philippines: Rebooting Small and Informal Businesses Safely and Digitally

    15 June 2021 - 31 December 2023

    The ILO and the Government of Japan have partnered to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) operate safely under the prolonged community quarantine and adapt to the New Normal business environment with improved workplace safety and health practices and better equipped to take advantage of the available digital tools and the expanding digital economy opportunities.

  10. ILO strengthens its partnership with the Republic of Korea for 2021–23

    1 June 2021 - 31 December 2023

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL), Republic of Korea as part of the ILO/Korea Partnership Programme 2021-23.

  11. Improved Compliance and Dialogue in Global Supply Chains in Viet Nam

    1 June 2021 - 1 June 2023

    The project aims to support national partners in Viet Nam to further ensure the compliance with labour laws and meaningful sectoral and enterprise level dialogues for sustainable development of garment and electronics industries.

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    Supporting Cambodian MSMEs to Build Resilience for Post-COVID-19

    1 June 2021 - 30 September 2022

    The ILO's technical cooperation project to support 500 micro-small-medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Cambodia through business resilience and digitalization for the new era of post-COVID-19.

  13. Enhancing and Implementing Occupational Safety and Health Standards in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    1 June 2021 - 31 December 2023

    This project is a continued partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Korea through the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) to enhance an overall occupational safety and health framework in Lao People's Democratic Republic.

  14. Improved mechanisms for skills recognition and TVET digitisation in ASEAN

    1 June 2021 - 31 December 2023

  15. Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Social Protection Floors for Workers and their Families in ASEAN – Phase III

    1 June 2021 - 31 December 2023

  16. Promoting productive employment and skills development in BARMM: Assessing the economic and labour market situation and skills needs in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

    1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022

    With the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the ILO will undertake studies and consultations to better understand the skills development and labour market needs in BARMM and identify opportunities for policy making and programming.

  17. Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces: Job creation through Business Re-opening and Continuation

    1 April 2021 - 30 September 2022

    The project aims to enhance COVID-19 prevention measures at and through workplaces amidst of the pandemic that will facilitate business re-opening, continuation and expansion.

  18. Supporting the Socio-economic Reintegration of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Repatriated due to the COVID-19 Outbreak (IOM-ILO collaboration)

    1 April 2021 - 31 March 2023

    This project aims at contributing towards sustainable reintegration of Sri Lankan migrant workers. The project has been designed with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in alignment with the National COVID-19 Response Plan for Migrant Workers, and the Sub Policy and National Action Plan on Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers (2015). It is also broadly linked to the UN Advisory Note on COVID-19 Socioeconomic Response (July 2020) and the UN Sustainable Development Framework (under Human Security and Socioeconomic Resilience)

  19. Bolstering Unemployment Insurance and Labour Market Policy Development in Myanmar (BUILD)

    17 March 2021 - 31 March 2022

    The project “Bolstering Unemployment Insurance and Labour Market Policy Development in Myanmar (BUILD)” aims at improving unemployment protection including unemployment benefits and active labour market policies in Myanmar.

  20. Promoting and Building Social Protection in Asia (Viet Nam - 4th phase)

    15 March 2021 - 28 February 2024

    The project builds on the achievements made by the ILO/Japan project on 'promoting and building social protection in Asia (3rd phase): Extending social security coverage in ASEAN (2016 – 2019)' as well as other development cooperation projects.