Ressources on Employment Promotion in the Arab States

  1. Entrepreneurial skills and access to finance support business development among refugees in Iraq

    24 January 2023

    Hishyar Bashir Sadoon is a Syrian refugee who owns a small construction business. He was recently able to expand his business under ILO’s financial inclusion initiative, targeting refugees, internally displaced persons and host community members.

  2. Employment Intensive Approaches create decent jobs in cultural heritage development

    18 January 2023

    A joint ILO/EU/UNESCO project is supporting the conservation and rehabilitation of cultural heritage at the World Heritage Site of the Erbil Citadel. The ILO is applying Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) approaches to create decent jobs for around 1,000 workers. In addition, the ILO through EIIP approaches will facilitate the recognition of skills for 40 workers in three different occupations related to the conservation of historical sites. EIIP Technical Officer Bashar Elsamarneh explains.

  3. Better access to employment opportunities in Basra’s underserviced settlements

    09 November 2022

    A collaboration between UN-Habitat and the ILO will focus on equipping vulnerable young people with business skills, improving their access to employment services, and introducing labour-intensive approaches.

  4. ILO and the Erbil Polytechnic University partner to develop local skills in Employment Intensive methods

    24 October 2022

    The new partnership will include the development of technical manuals and guidelines to implement a certification programme that supports the recognition of acquired skills for future assignments in the cultural heritage sector.

  5. ILO introduces learning tool to strengthen cooperatives in Iraq’s agricultural sector

    28 September 2022

    With the support of the European Union, the ILO has introduced its global learning tools Think.Coop  and Start.Coop in Iraq, designed to enhance the role of cooperatives in advancing decent work and boosting productivity.

  6. The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the ILO partner to advance financial education among youth in Iraq

    19 September 2022

    The new partnership focuses on training a pool of national trainers from the Ministry in 10 governorates on the ILO’s Global Financial Education Programme, who will in turn train some 1,000 youth.

  7. How ILO Programmes Contribute to Social Cohesion between Refugees, IDPs and Host Communities in the Arab States Region

    28 August 2022

    This research was developed by the ILO to gain some knowledge on the current contribution of ILO programmes to social cohesion at the level of direct beneficiaries, collect lessons learned and practices, and identify concrete steps towards enhancing the mainstreaming of social cohesion in programme design, implementation, and monitoring.

  8. Iraq and ILO launch first national Labour Force Survey in a decade

    05 July 2022

    Iraq’s Ministry of Planning, the Central Statistical Organization, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization release the findings of the Labour Force Survey, which cover a sample size of 16,400 households.

  9. Iraq Labour Force Survey 2021

    05 July 2022

    The Labour Force Survey presents estimates on the national, governorate, urban and rural levels of Iraq, covering a broad array of indicators of the labour market and demographic characteristics of residents in Iraq.

  10. On “Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day”, the UN calls for support to MSMEs as effective agents of change to help advance in rebuilding and recovery efforts

    27 June 2022

    UN agencies in Iraq share a statement to recognize MSMEs at the heart of any resilient recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, and climate crisis.