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. Towards a Mutual Recognition of Skills in CLM (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Myanmar) Countries for AEC 2015 and Beyond

    1 July - 31 December 2015

    The project aims to promote the mobility of skilled labour through the Mutually Recognized Skills Framework (MRS) to accelerate the economic integration of the CLM countries (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar) for the AEC 2015 and beyond.

  2. Supporting to Viet Nam’s Public Employment Policy (from Policy to Implementation)

    1 July 2015 - 31 December 2017

    This project aims for Viet Nam to develop an effective Public Employment Policy (PEP) by the end of 2017 that provides income earning opportunities for income-poor and disadvantaged groups.

  3. Supporting the Improvement of the Legal and Institutional Framework on Occupational Safety and Health in Myanmar

    1 July 2015 - 31 December 2017

    This project aims to contribute to better, safer and healthier working conditions in Myanmar.

  4. Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Social Protection Floors for Workers and their Families in ASEAN

    1 July 2015 - 31 December 2017

    This project aims to build a better social protection system for ASEAN countries by securing income, increasing access to social services, and enhancing the employability of female and male workers, with a specific focus on two countries; Cambodia and Myanmar.

  5. Vanautu - Cyclone Pam - ILO response

    31 March - 30 June 2015

    ILO to coordinate and implement technical assistance as part of the national recovery and reconstruction phase in Vanuatu - Post Cyclone Pam

  6. Employment Promotion in Disaster Response

    1 February 2015 - 31 January 2016

    The project aims to support in developing, demonstrating and disseminating a regional strategy or approach to promote employment creation in post-natural disaster recovery, reconstruction and development work. Whilst many countries in Asia and the Pacific region have experienced a large number of disasters every year, they have accumulated a rich body of knowledge and experience on how to prepare for and recover from natural hazards. The project is expected to contribute to further advancing this knowledge and the exchange of such knowledge and mutual learning between countries in the Region that are prone to large-scale and/or frequent natural disasters.

  7. Early economic recovery: immediate income generation through emergency employment

    1 January - 30 August 2015

    In partnership with the International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC), the ILO responded through through emergency employment, local resource-based work, skills training and enterprise development in Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)-affected areas.

  8. Emergency and recovery support to restart livelihoods, income generation and food self-sufficiency in Leyte province

    1 January - 30 June 2015

    In partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID), the ILO responded through emergency employment, local resource-based work, skills training and enterprise development in Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)-affected areas.

  9. Integrated livelihood recovery for Super Typhoon Haiyan affected communities

    1 January - 30 August 2015

    In partnership with the Government of Japan, the ILO responded through local resource-based work, skills training and enterprise development in Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)-affected areas.

  10. Generating emergency employment and recovering sustainable livelihoods

    1 January - 30 August 2015

    In partnership with the Government of Norway, the ILO responded through emergency employment, local resource-based work, skills training and enterprise development sub-projects in Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)-affected areas.

  11. Enterprise Development, Growth and Enhancement (EDGE)

    1 January - 25 December 2015

    EDGE is an innovative training approach for employers’ organizations and business associations to assist their SME members develop the skills needed to improve productivity, competitiveness, and working conditions.

  12. Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED)

    1 January - 25 December 2015

    C-BED is a low cost, easy to implement training approach designed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help institutions support entrepreneurs and micro-business owners start new businesses or improve existing businesses.

  13. Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR)

    31 December 2014 - 31 March 2016

    A project funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) that aims to enhance the capacity of the Philippines to reduce child labour by supporting its actions in addressing the recommendations contained in the "Finding on the Worst Forms of Child Labor Report" of the USDOL. These actions are in the areas of: enforcement of child labour laws, including through labor inspectors, enabling the education system and social protection schemes to better address child labour, and ensuring the elimination of child labour in domestic work.

  14. Labour Market Information and Employment Services (LIfE)

    22 December 2014 - 31 August 2017

    The project aims to implement commitments of the G20 Development Working Group in the area of human resources development by supporting target countries in designing; implementing and assessing improvements in selected building blocks of their skills development systems in order to better connect training to productive and decent work. Improving the quality of employment services through strengthened client orientation and capacity building of employment service centres and their officials; improving the collection and dissemination of labour market information and skill indicators; and knowledge sharing under the ILO South-South cooperation Framework will be the core components of this project.

  15. Building the capacity of the Philippines labour inspectorate

    15 December 2014 - 14 December 2017

    In recent years, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines has undertaken initiatives to strengthen its Labour Law Compliance System (LLCS). The new LLCS promotes a culture of voluntary compliance on general labour and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards among companies, through the participation of both workers and employers in the joint assessments and implementation of corrective action plans. While some progress has been made, the Government of the Philippines acknowledges that further work is needed to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of its labour inspectorate system.

  16. Mt. Sinabung Recovery Support Programme (SIRESUP)

    1 December 2014 - 29 February 2016

    The Sinabung Recovery Support Programme (SIRESUP) is a joint programme in supporting the post-disaster recovery of the regions affected by the 2013 Mt. Sinabung volcanic eruptions in Karo District of North Sumatra. The joint programme is designed to improve sustainable livelihoods recovery and enhanced community resilience in affected areas through strengthening local capacity in post-disaster recovery measures, restoring livelihoods and developing economic opportunities, and incorporating risk-reduction principles.

  17. Employers Activities in Nepal (ACT/EMP)

    1 September 2014 - 31 December 2015

    The ILO's Bureau for Employers´ Activities is responsible for nurturing and developing the relationship between the ILO and the employers’ organizations.

  18. Improving the Garment Sector in Lao PDR: Compliance through Inspection and Dialogue

    27 July 2014 - 28 February 2017

    The project aims to improve working conditions, productivity and competitiveness in the Lao garment manufacturing sector by strengthening the national labour inspection system to ensure compliance with national labour laws in line with international labour standards. The project will also improve workers’ and employers’ understanding of labour law and their role in ensuring good working conditions, while empowering factoring managers and employees to design and implement workplace improvement plans.

  19. Promoting the Right to Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining

    1 July 2014 - 31 December 2015

    Freedom of association and collective bargaining rights, as outlined in ILO Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (1948) and ILO Convention No. 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining (1949) are fundamental human rights. These rights also promote sound labor market governance and can contribute to addressing inequality and poverty. The Philippines has ratified ILO Conventions 87 and 98. However, reports and decisions from the ILO’s supervisory bodies reflect restrictions on the exercise of these rights.

  20. Support to Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PCMEA) for Establishing a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab

    1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015

    In partnership with the Pakistan Carpet Manufactures and Exporters Association (PCMEA), the ILO in Pakistan has revived it’s Private Public Partnership with the Association to provide technical assistance for the establishment of a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab province. The main objective of the project is to introduce workers in that sector to new skills and designs to reposition Pakistan in the international market. This will be achieved through training needs assessments as well as establishing a framework under which the institute will be established. The cooperation between the ILO and PCMEA is based on a successful partnership built during a previous project to combat child labour in the carpet industry.