ILO Country Office for Pakistan (CO-Islamabad)

Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Pakistan! The Office was established in 1970 and has since worked to provide technical assistance to the ILO tripartite constituents and other stakeholders to promote decent work and social justice. More

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    Labour Migration

    Increase awareness on Labour Migration for Pakistani workers

    28 September 2015

    The Punjab Department of Labour  is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre (MRC). The centre-supported by the EU funded ILO-South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, will provide a range of support services to (potential) migrant workers to make migration safe & profitable. The first stakeholder meeting was organized on 22 September 2015 to ensure full collaboration of all actors involved in making the centre a success.

  2. ILO’s Tripartite Partners commit to improving labour standards and promotion of decent work in Punjab Province

    22 September 2015

    The Government of Punjab restated its commitment to fast track the existing labour inspection reform process. Workers and Employers highlighted ILO’s role in expanding the coverage of labour legislation to the informal sector including domestic workers, home based workers and agriculture workers.

  3. Child and Bonded Labour

    Punjab Integrated Project staff equipped to combat child and bonded labour

    21 September 2015

    A total of 42 District Managers and Social Mobilizers of the “Integrated Project for Promotion of Decent Work for Vulnerable Workers in Punjab Province”’ participated in a 3-Day Capacity Building Workshop, jointly organized by the Labour and Human Resource Department, Government of Punjab and the ILO from 15-17 September, 2015 at Lahore.

  4. Labour Migration

    Travel Smart - Work Smart: A guide for Pakistani migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

    15 September 2015

    A guide for Pakistani migrant workers in Saudi Arabia provides information to low- and semi-skilled migrant workers helping them to feel more secure, work safely and profitably, and avoid exploitation and abuse when working in Saudi Arabia.

  5. Labour Migration

    Travel Smart - Work Smart: A guide for Pakistani migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates

    15 September 2015

    The guide provides information to low- and semi-skilled migrant workers helping them to feel more secure, work safely and profitably, and avoid exploitation and abuse when working in UAE.

  6. Seminar on Climate Change: Issues, challenges and opportunities confronting the peasants and farmer communities of Sindh Province

    10 September 2015

    The ILO through the One-UN Livelihood Restoration Project has improved the resilience of 662 households by providing them training and tools to diversify their livelihoods. While the climate change induced vulnerabilities of the farmer communities are increasing, there are opportunities emanating from timely adaptation, preparation and mitigation measures, capitalizing on which the peasants and the farmer communities most of whom are women, can positively transform their lives.


    Development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program Commences

    04 September 2015

    The dialogue for the development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020) set off with a tripartite meeting convened by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD). The meeting saw the agreement on four broad priorities encompassing employment creation, social protection, ILS compliance and stronger worker and employer organizations.

  8. Decent Work

    Sindh acknowledges ILO’s assistance

    02 September 2015

    During the ILO Country Directors last mission to Sindh province, Sindh Government’s representative reaffirmed their commitment to advance the labour inspection reform process in line with the Joint Action Plan on OSH developed in 2012. The Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) highlighted ILO’s role in the establishment of a province wide tripartite forum, providing equal voice to all labour market actors.

  9. Gender Equality

    National Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection Database launched by the Government

    02 September 2015

    The Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection System (GSIS) web portal has been developed under the ILO’s project on ‘Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment’ (GE4DE), as part of its work with provincial governments’ Departments of Labour (DOL) to mainstream gender in labour inspection. The system is aimed at assisting the Labour Inspectors in their routine inspections by providing measurable indicators for gauging progress against gender-inclusive target.02 September 2015

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    Sound bytes: ‘Social dialogue can help workers unite’

    01 September 2015

    During his final mission to Sindh province from 31st August to 1st September, ILO Country Director Mr Francesco d'Ovidio re-echoed the role that social dialogue plays in uniting workers to advocate for positive labour market outcomes.

  11. Better Jobs

    Employers committed to more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Pakistan

    01 September 2015

    Employers pledged their commitment to create more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in the Sialkot sports goods industry. Almost 50 representatives from business, workers and the government attended the awareness raising seminar held on 27 August under ILO’s project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour practices in Pakistan”.

  12. Child Labour

    Efforts launched to combat child labour in Punjab’s brick kilns

    25 August 2015

    The ILO in Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Punjab launched an enrolment campaign of Brick Kiln workers children into the educational system. Under this campaign government of Punjab will provide free education, school bags and books to the brick kiln children enrolled to schools.

  13. Public Private Partnership

    First Project Advisory Committee-ILO, PTEA Public Private Partnership

    25 August 2015

    The first Project Advisory Committee meeting for the ‘Public Private Partnership for ILS Compliance and Reporting in Textile Sector in Faisalabad’ was convened.

  14. Know About Business

    Roll out of Entrepreneurship Training underway - Know About Business

    24 August 2015

    As part of its mandate, ILO is promoting entrepreneurship and business education among poor rural masses for improving their Human Security in Sindh Province. A total of 26 women and men were trained as KAB-Facilitators on ‘Know About Business’ training module. These trainers would further reach out to 500 prospective entrepreneurs with support of the Livelihood Restoration Project.

  15. Decent Work

    ILO pledges continued support for the realisation of Decent Work in KP Province

    18 August 2015

    The ILO Country Director for Pakistan, Mr Francesco d’Ovidio visited Peshawar on 17th August 2015 on his final mission to meet tripartite stakeholders (Government, Employers and Workers) in KP Province and review the ongoing support interventions.

  16. Decent Work

    The ILO reaffirms its commitment to support its constituents in Baluchistan Province

    18 August 2015

    The Baluchistan Development Vision and Strategy framework defines the provinces approach for creating 1.5 million “decent” jobs and reducing the unemployment rate to less than 5%. Achievements and challenges pertaining to the welfare of workers in the province were discussed at length during the Country Director’s last visit to the province.

  17. Social Protection

    District Model for Social Protection Developed for KP Province

    17 August 2015

    A comprehensive social protection system for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been developed and will be piloted in two Districts including Peshawar and Nowshera. To streamline this system, a three-day consultative workshop on ‘How to implement Social Protection Floors” was delivered by the ILO in collaboration with the Planning & Development (P&D) Department of KP Government from 10-12 August 2015.

  18. International Youth Day: 12 August 2015

    Formal employment: a critical way to engage young people

    12 August 2015

    For many young people in developing countries-including Pakistan, their first job experience is in the informal economy. And for most of them, transitioning to the formal economy is often an uphill struggle if not an impossible battle.

  19. Child Labour

    World day against Child Labour 2015 - Report for Pakistan

    03 August 2015

    June 2015 saw the commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour around the world. Under the theme "NO to Child Labour, Yes to Quality Education, the ILO in Pakistan rolled out events and activities with various partners including Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and UNICEF among others. These events are captured in a synthesized report.

  20. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the PPP on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad

    09 July 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  21. Partnerships

    ILO and the Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen labour inspection systems in Pakistan

    02 July 2015

    Over the next three years, the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands and the ILO will partner to support the Government of Pakistan in strengthening the country's Labour Inspection framework.

  22. Soccer Ball Industry Model replicable for child labour elimination in GSP+ business environment

    29 June 2015

    Over 50 representatives from Government, Workers, Employers and economic sectors endorsed the Sialkot Soccer Ball Industry Model as a way forward for other industries to do business in the current GSP+ environment. This was during the final World Day Against Child Labour commemorative event convened by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Lahore.

  23. Third Buyers Meeting on the Textile Sector in Pakistan

    23 June 2015

    The third Buyers Forum in Pakistan convened with a total of 19 international brand representatives on 23rd June 2015. The Buyers reaffirmed their commitment to better labour and environmental practices in the textile sector. The buyers also agreed to support three key areas i.e. strengthening labour inspection regime, addressing issues of contractual employment and supporting smaller manufacturers to improve international labour standards compliance.