About the Office

This photo represent "Work in Freedom" activities in Ranchi, India. © ILO
India is a founding member of the ILO and has been a permanent member of the ILO Governing Body since 1922. The first ILO Office in India opened in 1928. Today, the ILO Country Office for India and Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) for South Asia is a centre of technical excellence, which supports all countries in South Asia to realize decent work for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Country Office for India provides technical and advisory services to tripartite constituents and other partners on a wide range of issues and builds partnerships to effectively promote ILO values and principles. The Office works in close collaboration with governments, employers’ and workers' organizations, and other stakeholders through the Decent Work Country Programme. The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for India (2013-17), formulated and adopted by the constituents at the national level through a process of tripartite consultation, is the framework for ILO’s assistance to constituents in the country.

The four priorities of the DWCP for India (2013-17) are:
  • Priority 1: International Labour Standards & Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Promoted
  • Priority 2: Policies for Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth Promoted, especially for Women, Youth and Disadvantaged Groups
  • Priority 3: National Social Protection Floor Built and Workplace Compliance Strengthened
  • Priority 4: Labour Administration, Tripartism and Social Dialogue at National and State Levels Enhanced
The Decent Work Technical Support Team for South Asia (DWT), based in New Delhi, consists of a team of international specialists who provide technical support to seven countries in the sub-region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The primary function of the specialists in the DWT is to provide technical and advisory services to the tripartite constituents and other stakeholders within the ILO's core mandate.