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. Decent Work for Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development (DW4FS)

    2 June 2014 - 30 June 2017

    The Project aims to promote food security and sustainable poverty reduction of rural communities in the most vulnerable and disadvantaged districts of Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Timur province, through increased labour productivity, enhanced employment opportunities that comply with the principles of decent work, and expanding entrepreneurial opportunities in key agro-food value chains – particularly maize, seaweed and livestock – with high employment and income generation potential.

  2. MAMPU - Access to Employment and Decent Work for Women Project (Phase 2)

    1 February 2014 - 30 June 2016

    The Project aims to improve equality in employment and labour market outcomes for women in Indonesia via strategies that reduce barriers to formal employment and address discrimination in employment for women.

  3. RMG Centre of Excellence (COE) Project

    1 January 2014 - 30 June 2017

    The RMG Center of Excellence (COE) Project is designed to establish in Bangladesh a replicable model of an industry-driven training and support services Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Ready Made Garment sector. This will implement certified training within the national skills development policy (NSDP) of Bangladesh.

  4. Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2018

    The Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) funded by the Government of Canada and executed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) with support from the GoB. The Project aims to improve the national enabling environment for industry skills development and the increased employability of young and adult women and men. It will address the challenges in the Technical Vocational Education and Training Sector (TVET) related to shortage of skilled workforce in five target industry sectors: Agro-food Processing, Tourism, Pharmaceuticals, Ceramics,and Furniture Manufacturing.

  5. Forced Labour Action in the Asian Region (FLARE)

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

    The project aims to strengthen national institutions and capacities to prevent and address forced labour in East and South-East Asia

  6. Promoting and Building Social Protection and Employment Services for Vulnerable Groups in Mongolia, Learning from ASEAN (MAPS)

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

    The second phase of ASEAN unemployment protection project, extended to Mongolia, seeks to build and improve the existing systems of social protection, income security, and employment services for un- and underemployed workers in ASEAN countries and Mongolia.

  7. ILO/China South-South Cooperation Project to Expand Employment Services and Enhance Labour Market Information in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2016

    This Project is designed to improve labour market efficiency and participation, reducing unemployment, and enhancing linkages and information flows between job seekers and employers, which will in turn contribute to the reduction of poverty in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

  8. Supporting the definition and extension of a social protection floor (SPF) in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands

    1 December 2013 - 30 April 2015

    The project aims to support Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to develop progressively comprehensive social protection systems. The Social Protection Floor (SPF) Recommendation provides guidance to member countries in building nationally defined social protection floors which aim at providing health care and minimum income security throughout the life cycle.

  9. Strengthening Capacity to Implement Australia's Seasonal Worker Program in Papua New Guinea and Nauru

    1 September 2013 - 1 September 2014

    Seasonal migration schemes, currently in place between selected Pacific Island countries and Australia and New Zealand respectively, are a valuable opportunity for Pacific Island countries to address unemployment, improve skills development and stimulate growth through remitted earnings. Given that the schemes target unskilled workers, these programs have the potential to achieve developmental impacts for both workers and the communities and provinces they come from. Papua New Guinea and Nauru are two countries which face integral, though differing, constraints in achieving maximum benefit under the schemes. The project will address these constraints, helping to ensure that workers are prepared and protected to participate in seasonal migration, and improve management and visibility of the schemes so that employers are more likely to engage workers in future.

  10. ASEAN Small Business Competiveness Programme

    1 August 2013 - 30 April 2015

    The Programme aims at providing a set of tools for countries across ASEAN to develop and upgrade specific/micro small business in common sectors, providing entrepreneurs and those who work with them guidance on how to establish, run and improve the business – boosting competitiveness and improving services.

  11. Capacity Building for Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations to Promote Sound Industrial Relations

    18 July 2013 - 30 September 2014

    The Project aims to support work towards achieving the objectives of Indonesia’s Decent Work Country Programme for 2012-2015 on strengthening institutional capacity of employers’ and workers’ organizations to contribute to sound industrial relations according to their respective mandates and responsibilities.

  12. Promoting fundamental rights and labour relations in Bangladesh (FRLR)

    3 June 2013 - 31 August 2015

    The FRLR project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Government that aims to promote better compliance with the international labour standards, particularly fundamental principles and rights at work in the ready-made garments, shrimp processing, and shoe and leather sectors. The project has been built on recently intensified works by ILO in Bangladesh in areas of: promotion of labour rights; supporting dialogue between employers, workers and the government; labour compliance; freedom of association, and collective bargaining.

  13. Promoting the Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia through Actions on Labour Market Information, Protection during Recruitment and Employment, Skills and Development Impact

    1 June 2013 - 31 May 2016

    The Project aims to promote the management of labour migration from South Asia, to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce irregular flows.

  14. Towards Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour as Priority (ACHIEVE)

    1 June 2013 - 31 May 2016

    The Project contributes to the elimination of child labour in Nepal, with a priority on its worst forms.

  15. Promoting the Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia through Actions on Labour Market Information, Protection during Recruitment and Employment, Skills and Development Impact

    1 June 2013 - 31 May 2016

    The project promotes effective governance of labour migration focusing on workers from India, Nepal and Pakistan migrating to the GCC through labour market information, protection during recruitment and employment, skills, and development impact.

  16. ILO-DFID Partnership Programme on Fair Recruitment and Decent Work for Women Migrant Workers in South Asia and the Middle East

    20 April 2013 - 15 March 2018

    The Programme aims to prevent trafficking of women and girls from Bangladesh, India and Nepal as migrant workers in major destination countries for migrant workers (India, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates). It will empower women and girls economically and socially, ensuring decent work conditions and better wages at both origin and destination countries. The key stakeholders will be government, social partners, private sector, recruitment agencies and women migrant workers.

  17. Project on “Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers: Ensuring the effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy” Phase II

    1 March 2013 - 30 September 2015

  18. Promoting Rights of People with Disabilities in Indonesia (UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - UNPRPD)

    1 March 2013 - 31 December 2014

    The Project aims to have advanced policies adopted on rights of people with disabilities promoted through stronger disability institutions and improved disability data collection.

  19. Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families

    1 February 2013 - 31 January 2016

    Promoting decent work for migrant workers worldwide

  20. Supporting Implementation of the “Single Window Service” of the Provincial Social Protection Strategy of East Java and Maluku Province

    1 January - 31 December 2013

    The Project aims to contribute to national efforts to extend social protection, working at the local level to create a Single Window Service (SWS) for service delivery that links existing social protection and employment assistance programmes.