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. Interlocking Compressed Earth Blocks (ICEB) Production in Northern Cebu

    18 March - 31 July 2015

    In the northern part of Cebu province, about 95 per cent of public and private structures and houses were damaged. This has resulted to an increased demand for building materials, especially concrete blocks. A provincial ordinance in Cebu, however, has banned quarrying of sand to protect fish ecosystems. Hence, the search for alternative building materials seemed a unique opportunity to start a community-based enterprise that would produce alternative blocks.

  2. Integrated Livelihood Recovery for Typhoon Haiyan-affected Communities

    18 March - 31 July 2015

    Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines: cities, towns and communities across the Visayas region were destroyed; roads blocked, and airports and seaports impaired; water supply and power were cut, with much of the food stocks destroyed. In addition to the immediate humanitarian crisis, the disaster left 6 million people stripped of their primary sources of income overnight; 2.6 million of these were in vulnerable employment before the typhoon hit, living at or near the poverty line.

  3. Coron Sawali Livelihood Development Project: Emergency Employment and Sustainable Livelihoods after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    1 January - 30 June 2015

    Typhoon-hit residents in Barangay Guadalupe, Coron, Palawan are gradually getting back on their feet through an industry that most of them have known for decades: sawali production.

  4. Early Economic Recovery: Immediate Income Generation through Emergency Employment International Maritime Employers' Council's Support to Help Tacloban and Leyte Recover from the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    1 January - 30 June 2015

    Through the support of the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented projects on emergency employment, clearing and retrieving electrical debris, repairing elementary schools and clearing and stockpiling fallen coconut trees, partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Promoting the Right to Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining (PHI/14/51/SID)

    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.

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

    2 June 2014 - 29 February 2016

    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.

  9. Mobilizing the Private Sector to Deliver HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care in High Prevalence Areas of Papua and West Papua

    1 May 2014 - 31 October 2015

    Developing a low cost model to deliver effective HIV prevention, counselling and testing and treatment support services through the private sector.

  10. Vanautu - Cyclone Pam - ILO response

    31 March 2014 - 30 June 2015

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

  11. Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme (SNRTP)

    3 March 2014 - 31 July 2019

    The project aims to enhance the availability and reliability of transport connectivity for rural communities in the thirty-three (33) districts in Nepal. It will assist in building bridges and maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of the local road networks and river crossing.

  12. Improving working conditions of entertainment workers as a means to strengthen HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Viet Nam

    1 March 2014 - 31 July 2015

    The project aims to support the ILO’s tripartite constituents – the Government, and employers and workers’ organizations in improving the working conditions of entertainment workers as a means to strengthen HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services.

  13. 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.

  14. Combating Child Labour through Skills Training for Older Children

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

    The development objective of this project is to contribute to eliminating child labour by enhancing access to decent work for children who have reached the minimum age of employment.

  15. Promoting and Building Social Protection and Employment Services for Vulnerable Groups (MAPS)

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

    Learning from the ASEAN unemployment protection project, this phase II project seeks to build and improve the existing systems of social protection, income security, and employment services for unemployed and underemployed workers in ASEAN countries and Mongolia.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 accelerate the current efforts being undertaken by other organisations, donors and government to make skills in Bangladesh nationally-recognised, accessible to all, higher quality and directly linked to jobs.

  18. Forced Labour Action in the Asian Region Project (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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.