The ILO Country Office for Pakistan publishes a wide range of books, reports and working papers relevant to Pakistan. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested in hard copy from the ILO Library in Islamabad.


  1. The Elimination of Child Labour and Promotion of Decent Work in the Stora Enso Value Chain, with a Focus on Pakistan (Project fact sheet)

    19 November 2015

    In order to strengthen its global policy and efforts to promote decent work and progressively eliminate child labour in its value chain in Pakistan, Stora Enso (SE) entered a public-private partnership agreement with the ILO.

  2. ILO Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme II - Annual Report 2014

    06 October 2015

    The ILO Pakistan Office continues to facilitate the realisation of “decent work” through its Technical Corporation Projects. Here are some of our notable achievements in 2014.

  3. ILO Publications Catalogue 2015

    01 October 2015

  4. Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and Ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan (Project fact sheet)

    26 August 2015

    In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the ILO in Pakistan will help strengthen institutional mechanisms for effective labour inspection; enhance human resource capacities in the country to enforce the law on labour inspections and partner with the private sector to promote international labour standards and ensure their compliance by enterprises.

  5. 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.

  6. Seventh Newsletter of ILO Pakistan

    30 June 2015

    The seventh edition of ILO Pakistan Newsletter highlights ILO’s work on International Labor Standards in the advent of GSP Plus which came into effect in January 2014. This edition also showcases new partnership that have been forged to facilitate labour market governance and as well as good practices in the world of work.

  7. Strengthened Capacity of Constituents to Address Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Textiles and Garment Sector in Pakistan (Project fact sheet)

    17 June 2015

    The project complements the efforts of the ILO in Pakistan to strengthen the capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work in garment sector. Subsequently, improving ILS ratification, application and compliance level through better labour administration and legislative reform.

  8. Extending Social Protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province through Building a Social Protection Floor within the Framework of a Social Protection Policy (Project fact sheet)

    27 May 2015

    In partnership with the Japan Social Safety Net Asia and the Pacific (JSSNP), the ILO in Pakistan is working closely with the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to develop and pilot a Social Protection Floor targeting the 27 million inhabitants of the province , of which 39 per cent live below the poverty datum line and are in need of basic social transfers and social services (health, education, food distribution, shelters, etc.) . This will be achieved through Capacity Strengthening initiatives of key policy makers and ILO’s Social Partners, development of a provincial Social Protection Guided by Recommendation 202 -concerning National Floors of Social Protection , Analytical Research to generate evidence on existing initiatives and where the gaps in the exist and the development of a broader approach to advocacy and awareness on Social Protection.

  9. Project for the Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province (Project fact sheet)

    18 May 2015

    With funding from the Human Security Trust Fund (UN-HSTF), the ILO in Pakistan is implementing a UN Joint Program on livelihood restoration in collaboration with FAO and UN Women in the Province of Sindh. This project was designed in response to the July 2010 monsoon rains which flooded a significant part of Pakistan with Sindh Province being hardest hit. The UN Joint program aims to restore and protect the livelihoods of the vulnerable rural population in Sindh by improving their on-farm productive capacities and off-farm income generating activities.

  10. Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) (Project fact sheet)

    13 May 2015

    In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and development (DFATD)-Canada, the ILO in Pakistan is implementing the largest Gender Project in South Asia which aims to improve gender equality in the world of work. The project is premised on ILO’s conviction that, gender equality in the world of work is a fundamental matter of human rights, social justice and is instrumental in achieving social and economic development goals.The project has three main objectives which include strengthening national mechanisms to promote equal employment and opportunities for women, enhance skills and employability of women in rural and urban areas of selected districts and strengthen the capacity of the media to raise awareness on issues related to working women in both the formal and informal economy.

  11. Support to Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PCMEA) for establishing a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab (Project fact sheet)

    07 May 2015

    In partnership with the Pakistan Carpet Manufactures and Exporters Association (PCMEA), the ILO in Pakistan has revived it’s Private Public Partnership with the Association to provide technical assistance for the establishment of a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab province. The main objective of the project is to introduce workers in that sector to new skills and designs to reposition Pakistan in the international market. This will be achieved through training needs assessments as well as establishing a framework under which the institute will be established. The cooperation between the ILO and PCMEA is based on a successful partnership built during a previous project to combat child labour in the carpet industry.

  12. Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme for Action in Asia and the Garment Sector (Project fact sheet)

    24 April 2015

    In collaboration with Germany’s GIZ, the ILO will take up challenges to labour standards and working conditions arising from globalized garment production, focusing on Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan. The ILO’s Pakistan Office will work with its tripartite social partners, the Government, Pakistan Workers’ Federation and Employers’ Federation of Pakistan to improve labour market governance and working conditions throughout the globalized supply chain.

  13. Institutional mapping study of social protection schemes in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2013

    07 April 2015

    This mapping study presents the findings from an extensive review of the literature on social protection literature produced during the last seven years. It is also informed by a survey conducted in all the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa between April and to June 2013. The study was commissioned by the ILO Pakistan.

  14. GE4DE News, Volume 6

    31 March 2015

    Sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness is what ILO’s project on “Promoting Gender Equality and Decent Employment” in Pakistan is focusing in the last year of its project life cycle. The latest newsletter highlights results within the sectors of media, textiles, trade unions and legislation among others. Read more to get an insight on the effective changes aimed at facilitating gender equality in the world of work in Pakistan.

  15. Skills Development Initiative - Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    10 March 2015

    Skills Development Initiative - Decent Work for Domestic Workers flyer

  16. Decent Work for Migrant Workers: A manual for Pakistani trade unionists

    04 March 2015

    To help Pakistan’s trade unions better respond to labour migration needs, this training manual provides guidance for trade unions to play their role on shaping migration policies, promoting sound labour migration practices and reaching out to migrant workers. This manual is meant to ultimately maximize the benefits of migration for all involved parties: the countries of origin of migrant workers, the countries of destination and – especially – migrant workers and their families.

  17. Sixth Newsletter of ILO Pakistan

    06 February 2015

    This sixth bi-annual newsletter of ILO Pakistan.


  1. Pakistan Decent Work Country Profile- Snapshot Summary

    05 November 2014

  2. Minimum wages in the global garment industry

    31 October 2014

    This research note provides a brief overview of minimum wages for the garment sector in the top 25 apparel exporters from the developing world.

  3. Enabling women's work

    28 October 2014

    Women’s work participation rates in South Asia, with the exception of Nepal, are low compared to other regions. Social norms continue to influence work-seeking behaviour, resulting in persistent concentration of women workers in certain occupations and as home-based workers.