The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Knowledge Centre in Bangkok.

July 2008

  1. Rural-urban migration and policy responses in China: Challenges and options

    01 July 2008

    Examines the recent history of rural-urban labour migration in China in the process of its rapid socioeconomic transformation.

  2. SKILLS-AP Newsletter Issue 2, July 2008

    01 July 2008

    This edition highlights the new commitment on green skills and reports the update news on skills in the region, including the introduction of disability approach in SKILLS-AP.

  3. Inter-state cooperation on labour migration: Lessons learned from MOUs between Thailand and neighbouring countries

    01 July 2008

    This paper examines the experience of Thailand and her neighbouring countries, particularly Cambodia and Lao PDR, on bilateral employment agreements.

June 2008

  1. Education, migration and child labour: All children are entitled to an education

    12 June 2008

    Opening speech on Child Labour Day-12 June 2008.

  2. Education: The right response to child labour

    08 June 2008

  3. Freedom of association in practice: Lessons learned (Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Report of the Director-General, 2008)

    02 June 2008

    This Global Report, like the two earlier GlobalReports on the same subject published in 2000 and 2004, is based on the premise that achieving the ILO’s goal of decent work for all women and men in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity is only possible if they can have a say in what this means for them. Freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively are fundamental human rights, the exercise of which has a major impact on work and living conditions, as well as on the development and progress of economic and social systems.

  4. Labour market scenarios for the Asian Decent Work Decade in the Pacific Island countries

    01 June 2008

    This paper presents key trends in the economies and labour markets of Pacific island countries and the main issues facing policy-makers in promoting decent and productive employment in these economies. It presents past trends and projections in population growth and in working-age cohorts, in formal employment, in the labour force and labour force participation rates, and in national income, and identifies the economic activities that are most likely to provide growth in formal employment in the countries. It also looks at the role being played by migration and overseas employment of Pacific islanders.

  5. The gender wage gap in Bangladesh

    01 June 2008

    This study presents the first comprehensive estimates of the role that gender plays in determining hourly wage gaps between women and men in Bangladesh, by examining gender wage gaps across different industries, among workers with different levels of education and among workers operating across different sized establishments. The paper also provides the first quantitative estimates of the effects of industrial and occupational segregation on average wage rates for women and men in the country.

  6. Recommended guidelines for migrant recruitment policy and practice in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

    01 June 2008

    These recommended guidelines emphasise the importance of improving recruitment processes in order to encourage safe migration and reduce the potential vulnerability of migrant workers to labour exploitation, including the worst forms of child labour and human trafficking.

May 2008

  1. GET Ahead for women in enterprise training package and resource kit

    01 May 2008

    Targets women in poverty who want to start or are already engaged in small-scale business.

  2. Pakistan employment trends 2008: Youth

    01 May 2008

    Provides information and analysis focusing on young people. It presents a quantitative assessment of the realities of Pakistan’s youth labour market and identifies the challenges facing young people.

April 2008

  1. Major skills challenges facing SKILLS-AP member countries in 2008 and strategies to address them: review of country reports presented for the ILO/SKILLS-AP/Korea Second Technical Meeting of the Regional Skills Network Partner Organizations in Asia and the Pacific, SIVAT, Incheon, Republic of Korea, 16-18 April 2008

    30 April 2008

    This report provides a summary of the responses from 27 ILO member States in Asia and the Pacific.

  2. Strengthening Regional Skills Network through Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific: report of ILO/SKILLS-AP/Korea Second Technical Meeting of the Regional Skills Network Partner Organizations in Asia and the Pacific, SIVAT, Incheon, Republic of Korea, 16-18 April 2008

    30 April 2008

    This meeting was to review the progress made in the revitalization of the Regional Skills Network and to explore the ways and means to make it more effective as a mechanism for sharing knowledge and expertise with and between countries in the region.

  3. Labour and social trends in Indonesia 2008: progress and pathways to job-rich development

    03 April 2008

    Presents the socioeconomic and labour market trends in South-East Asia’s largest economy with the aim of drawing attention to key policy challenges posed by these trends during the Decent Work Decade. In particular, the report seeks to inform the formulation and development of the next Medium Term Development Plan (2010–2014) and roadmap for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  4. Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2008-2012

    01 April 2008

    This document outlines the Decent Work Country Programme for Sri lanka for the period 2008-2012.

  5. Issues: April 2008

    01 April 2008

    This includes articles on trends in labour migration in ASEAN, the ILO’s efforts to share expertise on decent work, and a talent contest in Cambodia’s garment industry.

March 2008

  1. Skills development in the Pacific: the special skills development needs of small island economies: report of ILO/SKILLS-AP/Japan Regional Technical Meeting Skills Development in the Pacific: the special skills development needs of small island economies at Tanao International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji, 26 - 28 March 2008

    31 March 2008

    This meeting was set up to address the needs with the overall objective to discuss the key issues and major challenges for skills develoment in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) Special emphasis was to be placed on the development of national skills strategies and assisting countries as they go through the process of developing their national and possibly regional skills strategies.

  2. Trainers' kit: Gender equality, fundamental rights and skills in life and at work

    19 March 2008

    The rainer's Kit on Gender Equality, Fundamental Rights and Skills is a training tool for use in communities with adults, especially women in remote and poor areas.

  3. Report of the Independent Final Evaluation of EEOW Cambodia Chapter

    19 March 2008

    Following the completion of the original project term in 2006, an independent evaluation took place from 5 – 11 January 2007 in four project pilot sites: Phnom Penh municipality and in the provinces of Siem Reap, Takeo and Kandal. A draft final evaluation report was developed after the field visits. An evaluation workshop was organized with the project stakeholders in early 2007 to review the findings of the evaluation team. The workshop’s outcome was included in this Report.

  4. Final evaluation 2002 ILO/Japan Asian Regional Program on the Expansion of Employment Opportunities for Women Project (EEOW): Nepal chapter

    10 March 2008

    Contains the evaluation of ILO/Japan Asian Regional Program on the Expansion of Employment Opportunities for Women Project (EEOW).

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