Success stories

Telling serious things with humour: Mobile theater in Tajikistan campaigns against the informal economy

Two years ago the International Labour Conference adopted the Recommendation concerning the transition from the informal to the formal economy (No.204). Since then a global campaign has started in different parts of the world to formalize the informal economy. In Tajikistan, trade unions are using theatrics to illustrate the consequences of informal employment.



New opportunities, new perceptions: a wage subsidy programme for young job seekers in Kalmykia

Millions of young people around the world are facing the same problem: no job and few job prospects when they enter the labour market. It's especially frustrating for young people with high academic qualifications. Increasingly, they are learning that getting the highest education possible is no longer a guarantee of getting a good job. But an innovative strategy built on partnerships from all levels of society is changing that, and changing young people's perceptions of what kind of job is most suitable for them.



“Step out of the shadow!”: How cartoons support a campaign to formalize the Kyrgyz economy

Last year, the International Labour Conference adopted the Recommendation concerning the transition from the informal to the formal economy (No.204). An innovative project in Kyrgyzstan shows how this transition can be facilitated in practice.



Testing Innovative Approaches: Voluntary Peer Review of Youth Employment Policies

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has successfully tested an innovative mechanism - voluntary peer reviews, in which countries assess one another’s youth employment policies and share good practices during joint meetings. It is one of the elements of the ILO project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS” financially supported by the Russian company LUKOIL. Learn more about this innovative experience from the article or radio report below.



Out of child labour and into school: The story of Alimjan

Alimjan’s mother did not see any harm in her son’s work, even though he was still a child. On the contrary, she believed that the sooner he learned how to earn money, the better. Read about how an ILO project helped get a boy out of child labour and into school.
11 June 2015



Get formal, be successful: Supporting the transition to formality of youth-led enterprises in Azerbaijan

Read about a pilot programme that is helping young Azerbaijani entrepreneurs build successful formal businesses of all kinds.
08 June 2015