COVID-19 and ILO projects and programmes

  1. The ILO response to COVID-19

    Find out how ILO projects, programmes and their beneficiaries are responding and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world of work.

February 2021

  1. © UNDP Turkey 2021

    News

    Joint ILO - UNDP Action Supports Local Crafts and Small Artisans in Turkey’s Gaziantep for Face Mask Production against the Coronavirus Pandemic

    25 February 2021

    UNDP and ILO joint action with EU-KfW funding will support Gaziantep Union of Chambers of Artisans and Craftsmen (GESOB) with production and delivery of 25,000 face masks daily. The masks will meet the needs of thousands of workers in the city’s industrial zone where some 4,500 SMEs and 40,000 employees are currently operating. Apart from enabling accessibility to life-saving personal protective equipment to thousands, the action where both UN agencies cooperate also supports local socio-economic empowerment through skills development and vocational training of Syrian refugees in Gaziantep province, with refugee women and men employed in the production line at GESOB Vocational Training Center. The joint-action is being implemented as part of ILO’s and UNDP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey.

  2. Press release

    Income support to help 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR hit by COVID-19

    23 February 2021

    The Lao Social Security Organization (LSSO) today announced that one-time cash transfers totalling US$ 1.8 million would help mitigate workers’ lost income and support business continuity while reducing employers’ staff turnover costs.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Additional incomes help rural communities of Timor-Leste during the pandemic

    22 February 2021

    To assist the economic recovery, the ILO with support from its social partners in Timor-Leste support rural communities to survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct employment opportunities.

  4. Our impact, Their voices

    Entrepreneurship in the time of COVID-19

    01 February 2021

    COVID-19 has closed the door on many face-to-face entrepreneurship opportunities. In India, an ILO business programme has gone online to help small-scale entrepreneurs get businesses up and running.

January 2021

  1. Press release

    ILO and LinkedIn launch data insights partnership

    21 January 2021

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and LinkedIn have launched a two-year partnership.

  2. Ship to Shore Rights

    Decent work for fishing and seafood migrant workers in Asia Pacific

    20 January 2021

    European Union and United Nations continue efforts to support safe labour migration and decent work in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia

  3. Press release

    Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia programme provides humanitarian relief to migrant workers in response to COVID-19 outbreak in Samut Sakhon

    04 January 2021

    ILO has approved a grant to support assistance for migrant workers affected by COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon, Thailand

December 2020

  1. News

    Cooperation initiative between Turkey and Colombia will foster capacities for access to decent work for all during and beyond COVID-19

    17 December 2020

    Decent work is the root of social cohesion and the catalyst for employment opportunities and social protection as well as an essential response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, the ILO facilitated two webinars on labour market governance, inclusive employment policies and access to social protection within the framework of the “South-south triangular cooperation (SSTC) initiative between Turkey and Colombia”.

  2. ILO Partnership

    ILO and the Government of Norway sign a new partnership agreement on skills development and lifelong learning for the Future of Work

    15 December 2020

  3. © Diomari Madulara 2021

    Our impact, Their voices

    Coconuts, commitment and changing circumstances

    07 December 2020

    Coco chips are widely used by farmers and gardeners. The ILO’s LEED+ project works with the private sector and local communities in Sri Lanka to develop coco chips as a mutually beneficial business.

November 2020

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Paving their ways to online business: Story of two entrepreneurs with disabilities

    26 November 2020

    Two entrepreneurs with disabilities participated in ILO online shopping business administration and training became more confident in transitioning to online business. These are their stories.

  2. News

    COVID-19: EU and ILO join forces to improve labour governance and working conditions in Iraq

    23 November 2020

    A new project will address a number of labour market challenges imposed by the pandemic, and meet some of the longer-term decent work priorities of Iraq.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Building hopes and making dreams come true in the midst of pandemic

    19 November 2020

    As COVID-19 reshapes the world of work, ILO is helping vulnerable people in Indonesia to stay competitive and improve their livelihoods.

  4. Our impact

    The road to employment and livelihoods in Timor-Leste

    02 November 2020

    Lack of access to schools, marketplaces and hospitals is a challenge for communities in Timor-Leste, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. An ILO initiative to rehabilitate rural roads is helping break their isolation, provide jobs and improve livelihoods.

October 2020

  1. Agreement ILO/IOM

    ILO and IOM sign agreement to strengthen collaboration on migration governance

    23 October 2020

    To strengthen their work on migration and enable them to provide more policy and practical support to their members, the ILO and the IOM have signed an agreement on migration governance.

  2. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Instructors of Indonesian TVETs get ready to shift to online training

    19 October 2020

    Following the successful training of the first batch, the ILO together with the Ministry of Manpower has continued the online learning programme for instructors of the technical and vocational education and training (TVETs) centers with increased number of participants and enhanced training materials.

  3. Article

    ILO Promotes COVID-19 Free Working Environment

    16 October 2020

    Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization Programme Provided Disinfection Service & Capacity Building Training for 14 Factories in Industrial Parks in Ethiopia

  4. ILO-EU Relations

    ILO and European Commission reaffirm mutual partnership at 15th High Level meeting

    13 October 2020

  5. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    The ILO encourages more women to start careers in ICT sector jobs

    13 October 2020

    Employment opportunities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) continue to grow along with rapid development of technology. The ILO encourages more women to take part in this field.

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    Education and skills

    ILO and UNICEF MOU to strengthen skills and lifelong learning

    09 October 2020

    The collaboration between the two agencies aims to improve the employability of young people and help the transition from school to work.