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. Strengthening the Impact of Trade on Employment in the Philippines (STRENGTHEN)

    1 February 2016 - 30 September 2018

    The project aims to strengthen the employment dimension in policies and programmes related to international trade with better analysis, more coherent policy-making, and enhanced programmes that are designed to encourage employment creation and upgrading. This project will support the Philippines in harnessing international trade, providing more opportunities for decent work within the country and raising the number of workers who are productively employed.

  2. Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry

    1 February 2016 - 31 July 2019

    The project aims to prevent and reduce forced labour, child labour and other unacceptable forms of work, and progressively eliminate the exploitation of workers, particularly migrant workers, in the Thai fishing and seafood processing sectors.

  3. Promoting rural youth employment in Afghanistan

    1 January 2016 - 31 December 2017

    The objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of ILO constituents and other ILO stakeholders in Afghanistan to tackle the youth employment promotion challenge through the adjustment of existing employment promotion policies and programmes in reflection of global good practice in countries affected by fragility.

  4. Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work for Migrant Workers

    1 January 2016 - 31 December 2020

    The project will help the Government of Bangladesh to operationalize policy and legal measures developed by earlier ILO initiatives, including, the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016 and the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013.

  5. Sustaining GSP-Plus Status by Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting

    1 January 2016 - 30 September 2017

    The Government of Pakistan was granted GSP-Plus status and to sustain it the government is required to comply with and report on twenty-seven international standards including the eight core Labour Standards. The project aims to strengthen the capacities of government of Pakistan to better comply and report on the core labour standards.

  6. Convening Stakeholders to Develop and Implement Strategies to Reduce Child Labour and Improve Working Conditions in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (COSTREC-ASGM)

    11 December 2015 - 10 April 2019

    Funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), the four-year project will address child labour, decent work deficits and working conditions in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in the Philippines, specifically in Camarines Norte as pilot province.

  7. Tripartite Action to Enhance the Contribution of Labour Migration to Growth and Development in ASEAN (TRIANGLE in ASEAN) - Viet Nam

    1 November 2015 - 31 October 2025

    The project invests across six countries (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) and engages with all ASEAN Member States with the overall goal of maximizing the contribution of labour migration to equitable, inclusive and stable growth in ASEAN.

  8. Tripartite Action to Enhance the Contribution of Labour Migration to Growth and Development in ASEAN (TRIANGLE in ASEAN)

    1 November 2015 - 31 October 2025

    TRIANGLE in ASEAN aims to maximize the contribution of labour migration to equitable, inclusive and stable growth in ASEAN by building on activities, relationships and processes established under TRIANGLE I.

  9. Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry

    29 October 2015 - 31 December 2020

    The initiative will work to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Sector primarily through improved dialogue between employers and workers, particularly at workplace level.

  10. Developing a National Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme for the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Sector

    5 October 2015 - 31 December 2020

    This initiative supports the political willingness of the Bangladesh government and social partners to adopt a national employment injury insurance scheme and to set up the public institution required for its implementation.

  11. Sustaining GSP-Plus Status by Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting - Mongolia (GSP+ Reporting)

    1 October 2015 - 30 September 2017

    The project is part of a four-country project funded by the European Commission to strengthen respect for fundamental principles and rights at work and other international human rights instruments.

  12. From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labour (The Bridge Project)

    30 September 2015 - 30 September 2019

    The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the relevant Ministries and stakeholders, to develop, implement and monitor policies and national action plans on forced labour, provide capacity building to improve law enforcement, and support for public awareness campaigns to address all forms of forced labour.

  13. Improving economic opportunities, decent work and self-resilience among young Cambodian women through skills acquired in Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED)

    1 September 2015 - 30 September 2016

    This project set out to improve the ability of tripartite partners and social safety net providers in Cambodia to provide low cost, sustainable programs for business skills development, secure-finance, and rights protection.

  14. Project on Promotion of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka -Phase III

    1 September 2015 - 30 September 2016

    The Project will contribute to improving labour-relations in Sri Lanka.

  15. Country level engagement and assistance to reduce child labour (CLEAR)

    1 September 2015 - 30 November 2017

    The project will focus on improved national legislation on the worst forms of child labour to bring them into compliance with international standards.

  16. Implementing Occupational Safety and Health Legislation in Papua New Guinea

    1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016

    This project specifically focuses on further building the national capacities to implement OSH legislation. This work is a continuation of the ILO’s commitment to providing technical support for labour law reform and its implementation in PNG.

  17. Prevent the recruitment and use of children by armed forces/groups in Myanmar as an entry point for durable peace

    1 August 2015 - 31 January 2017

    The project will support the implementation of the Joint Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children by the Tatmadaw, to identify, verify and discharge underage recruits still associated with the Tatmadaw as well as support their reintegration back into their communities.

  18. Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) - Philippines

    1 August 2015 - 31 July 2018

    This global project seeks to contribute to the promotion of fair recruitment practices globally and across specific migration corridors in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Target countries for pilot projects include Jordan, Nepal, Tunisia and the Philippines.

  19. Enhanced recognition of skills and reduced vulnerability of Sri Lankan construction workers in selected GCC countries – U.A.E. and Kuwait (IOM-ILO collaboration)

    1 August 2015 - 31 January 2018

    This project is a sub component of IOM (International Organization for Migration), project on “‘Strengthening Labour Migration Governance across Colombo Process Member States’” funded by SDC and operates in the framework of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, Colombo Process and the general approach of the UAE skills pilot.

  20. Promoting Micro and Small Enterprises through Improved Entrepreneurs’ Access to Financial Services (PROMISE IMPACTS)

    1 August 2015 - 31 July 2018

    The Project aims at Improving policies and programs on development of entrepreneurship, business and cooperative to promote more and better jobs for men and women, including financial inclusion.