Feature articles


  1. Time’s Up: Why we must champion equality for women in the world of work

    07 March 2018

    The #MeToo campaign broke the silence around violence against women. Equally important now is to talk about women having an equal stake in the world of work. Aya Matsuura, Gender specialist at the ILO, summarizes key takeaways from the conference on ‘Women and Future of Work in Asia and the Pacific’ – highlighting trends on women in employment, need for attitudinal shifts and policy reforms.


  1. Quality not quantity – it’s time to re-think overseas employment

    18 December 2017

    The occasion of International Migrants Day is an opportunity to reflect on the significant changes seen in the governance of international labour migration in India in 2017.

  2. Should developing countries fear the impact of automation on jobs?

    21 November 2017

    Sher Verick, Deputy Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India, talks about how fears of technology-induced unemployment have penetrated media headlines and policy discourse in both advanced and developing countries.

  3. How SIYB helps new entrepreneurs start their business and find a career path

    01 November 2017

    Chandramauli Pathak, Isac Singh and Archana Kumari, trainers of the ILO Start and Improve your Business (SIYB) programme, talk about why entrepreneurship training matters, challenges in starting a business, and why attitudes towards entrepreneurship must change to create a conducive business environment.

  4. ‘Barefoot engineering’: How to boost rural development and local youth employment

    20 September 2017

    Shortage of engineers in rural areas has been affecting the quality and effective service delivery of the infrastructure works launched under MGNREGA in India. A training programme, set up by the Ministry of Rural Development with technical assistance of the ILO, addresses the skills gap while providing decent jobs to thousands of discouraged youth and promoting sustainable development in rural areas.

  5. Scoring a point: How to boost productivity and encourage employee morale

    15 August 2017

    Indian enterprises, near Mumbai, got trained on Workplace Cooperation module of ILO SCORE programme. They’ve recorded better productivity and enhanced manager-employee relationship.

  6. Fostering Decent Work in Enterprises

    27 June 2017

    An estimated 42 million people in India work in the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. ILO’s unique programmes focus on promoting people-centric and environment-friendly enterprise development.

  7. A landmark step —India ratifies ILO conventions on child labour

    13 June 2017

    With the ratification of ILO Conventions No. 138 and 182 – India now has ratified six out of eight ILO fundamental conventions. Comment by Ms Panudda Boonpala, Director of the ILO Country office in India.

  8. Good workplace practices improve safety and health

    27 April 2017

    India, a fast-growing economy, has a large chunk of working population. Increased manufacturing activities, technological advancements and change in work practices is on the rise. ILO experts write as to why fostering robust OSH practices at workplaces is the need of the hour.

  9. The paradox of low female labour force participation

    09 March 2017

    Sher Verick, Deputy Director, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India, talks about how India compares with other countries in Asia in terms of the level and trend of female labour force participation.