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 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.

  2. 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.

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

    1 February 2014 - 30 June 2015

    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.

  4. Rural Employment Promotion for Poverty Reduction in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

    At the request of the Government of Lao People's Democratic Republic, and aligning with the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF) for Lao PDR (2012-16) and the ILO Decent Work Country Programme for Lao PDR (2011-16), the ILO has been working to develop an approach to reducing poverty through promoting employment in the rural areas.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh

    22 October 2013 - 31 December 2016

    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme In Bangladesh is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, implemented by International Labour Organization and funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the UK. The three-and-a-half year initiative focuses on improving RMG factory building safety, workers’ rights and overall working conditions in Bangladesh.

  13. Analysis of youth employment policy and dissemination through global database and publications (component for Asia and the Pacific)

    1 October 2013 - 30 September 2014

    The ILO Youth Employment Programme launched this project to review youth employment policies in 10 countries in Asia and the Pacific and conduct in-depth analyses in three selected countries.

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

    1 September 2013 - 1 December 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 amongst their citizens 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, as more recent entrants to the Australian Seasonal Worker Program, face various challenges in ensuring that institutions are in place to market, prepare and reintegrate seasonal workers. This project was aimed at addressing these challenges, 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.

  15. Occupational Safety and Health Development in Nepal (SHIELD)

    15 August 2013 - 30 November 2015

    The project aims to initiate a comprehensive plan for promoting occupational safety and health services and reforming labour inspection system in Nepal in line with the International Labour Standards the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Conventions C155 and C187, and the Labour Inspection Convention C81.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.