The Sectoral Activities Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.

Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


  1. From Waste to Jobs: Decent work challenges and opportunities in the management of e-waste in India

    16 December 2019

  2. The electronics industry in Indonesia and its integration into global supply chains

    10 December 2019

  3. Sexual harassment at work: Insights from the global garment industry

    10 December 2019

  4. The future of work in the rural economy: More decent work to revitalize rural economies

    06 December 2019

  5. From Waste to Jobs: Decent work challenges and opportunities in the management of e-waste in Nigeria

    27 November 2019

  6. Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers: An Initial Assessment

    14 November 2019

  7. The Scope of Collective Bargaining in Public Administration

    08 November 2019

  8. Trade Unions in the Balance

    04 October 2019

    On the occasion of the ILO Centenary celebration, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) commissioned a research on the current state of the unions in the world. The research conducts by Professor Visser explores developments in union membership across the world in the past decades.

  9. Law and practice on protecting whistle-blowers in the public and financial services sectors

    09 September 2019

    This paper seeks to map out laws and practices and identify measures in place for the protection of whistle-blowers by analysing a representative sample of laws, regulations and international instruments.

  10. Promoting decent work in the rural economy: Lessons from Zimbabwe (2008–2018)

    02 September 2019

    This paper, a desk review, presents a documentation of ILO interventions in Zimbabwe’s rural economy during the period 2008–18 that also extracts lessons learnt.