ILO in the Arab States
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ILO in the Arab States

© Robin Lloyd/ECHO 2014
“Responding to the reconstruction crisis is essential - but the expansion of ILO operations must be re-aligned with national priorities to ensure that the ILO Palestinian Decent Work Programme can provide decent work outcomes for all Palestinians,” said Al-Nashif.
© ILO/Jared J. Kohler 2014
Gender Equity
The lack of pay equity between men & women in Jordan’s private education sector highlights a national trend that demands a holistic response.
© P. Virot/ILO 2014
Social protection
An ILO report released ahead of the International Day of Older Persons says that 52 per cent of older persons worldwide receive a pension, but levels are inadequate and the trend has worsened due to fiscal consolidation.
Youth employment
Jordan is a "young" country, with over 60 per cent of its population under 30. But Jordan's youth face the difficult task finding work, as more than half of them are unemployed.
The ILO Regional Office for Arab States promotes decent work in the Levant and the Gulf, covering 11 countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory are also part of the Regional Office portfolio.

Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon

Since 2012, the flow of refugees from Syria to neighbouring countries has continued unabated and today constitutes one of the largest, most protracted humanitarian emergencies of its kind. The refugee-receiving countries of Jordan and Lebanon were already experiencing difficult economic conditions before the Syrian crisis led to a dramatic increase in labour supply, which has added considerable pressure on their fragile labour markets. The effects of the crisis are also increasingly spilling over into neighbouring countries’ economic and social spheres, resulting in loss of economic activity and income as well as dwindling access to quality public services.

The "ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon" is development-focussed in its support of refugees and host communities and it aims to preserve social and economic stability at the national level.

What's new

  1. Event

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course, Sharjah 2014

    16 November 2014

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, International Labor Organization and American University of Sharjah

  2. Domestic Workers

    Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    31 October 2014

    ILO calls for continued action to protect migrant domestic workers in Lebanon as its EU-Swiss development agency funded project comes to a close.

  3. © Robin Lloyd / ECHO 2014

    Gaza reconstruction

    ILO to engage in Gaza reconstruction efforts through expansion of its Palestinian Decent Work Programme

    29 October 2014

    Regional Director’s visit to the occupied Palestinian territory lays the groundwork for expanding the ILO’s work in Gaza, and consolidating national decent work initiatives.


  1. Labour inspection, gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arab states: guide book

    This guide book builds on a number of global and regional materials on gender equality, discrimination and labour inspections.

  2. A manual for gender audit facilitators: The ILO participatory gender audit methodology (2nd Edition)

    This revised Manual provides gender audit facilitators with guidelines and practical instructions on how to plan and implement participatory gender audits (PGAs) in an organizational context.

  3. Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    This study sheds light on the situation of trafficked adult workers in the Middle East, both women and men.

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