Programmes and projects

The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Asia Pacific focusing on relief and development challenges. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work agenda in each country.

  1. Increased capacities of employers’ and workers’ organizations to participate effectively in the development of social and labour policy (Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu)

    1 February 2019 - 1 February 2021

    This project, “Building bipartite social dialogue and action to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) achievement, and especially the just transition to environmental sustainability through Decent Work”, responds to mitigating the impact that climate change induced disasters have on achieving Decent Work and SDGs.

  2. Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia

    15 January 2019 - 14 January 2022

    The Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia project provides concrete follow-up to the resolution adopted in 2016 by the International Labour Conference concerning decent work in global supply chains.

  3. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia - Japan

    15 December 2018 - 14 December 2020

    The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme aims to promote responsible business practices into the operations of multinational companies and their supply chains. Active in six Asian countries, the project in Japan is working to share lessons and disseminate best practices among multinational companies with supply chains in the electronic and car parts industries. This project is co-funded by the European Union and the ILO under the EU’s Partnership Instrument.

  4. Migrants Rights and Decent Work Project (MIRIDEW)

    1 October 2018 - 31 August 2021

    The project focuses on strengthening service delivery capacity of diplomatic missions in major destination countries; support Government of Nepal in better prepared and positioned in regional and global migration related fora and reflect back its commitments; and promote new destinations or sectors in existing destinations for low-skilled Nepalese workers.

  5. Safety and Health in Lao PDR Supply Chains – A Vision Zero Fund project

    1 June 2018 - 31 May 2020

  6. Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners

    1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020

    The EU Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance ('GSP+) was granted to Pakistan in January, 2014. Continuity of GSP+ is conditioned on better compliance and reporting on 27 UN conventions including the eight fundamental labour standards of the ILO. The EU monitors the compliance through multiple means including a biennial assessment. The EU’s 2018 assessment covering the period 2016 – 2017 stated that there had been some progress and commitment to improving the implementation of the ILO fundamental conventions. This intervention will continue to assist ILO’s tripartite constituents in Pakistan to strengthen their efforts towards better compliance and reporting on the ILO’s fundamental conventions.

  7. Work in Freedom, Phase II - Fair recruitment and decent work for women migrant workers in South Asia and the Middle East – Nepal

    1 April 2018 - 31 March 2023

    The Work in Freedom is an integrated programme to support mobility by choice among women and girls from destination countries (India, Bangladesh and Nepal) to decent jobs with safety and dignity of workers in destination countries (India, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman and Kuwait) through fair recruitment processes.

  8. Work in Freedom, Phase II - Fair recruitment and decent work for women migrant workers in South Asia and the Middle East

    1 April 2018 - 31 March 2023

    The Work in Freedom is an integrated programme to support mobility by choice among women and girls from destination countries (India, Bangladesh and Nepal) to decent jobs with safety and dignity of workers in destination countries (India, Lebanon and Jordan) through fair recruitment processes.

  9. Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Social Protection Floors for the Workers and Their Families in ASEAN – Phase II

    1 April 2018 - 31 December 2020

    The second phase of the project aims to strengthen regional exchanges on best practices, especially development of social insurance in the Republic of Korea as a source of inspiration for countries in the early stage of developing their own systems.

  10. Establishing and Enhancing An Overall Occupational Safety and Health Framework in Myanmar and Lao PDR

    1 April 2018 - 31 December 2020

    The project aims to continue to establish the essential pillars of sustainable national OSH systems in Myanmar and Lao PDR, support constituents to adopt improved national laws and legislative frameworks in accordance with ILO’s key OSH Conventions, and build capacity of government institutions including strengthening labour inspection.

  11. Promoting ASEAN Initiatives in TVET and Skills for Inclusive Future of Work

    1 April 2018 - 31 December 2020

    The project aims to further strengthen ILO’s support for ASEAN’s initiative on the mutual recognition of skills, AQRF and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and further facilitate regional knowledge sharing on the future directions of skills and TVET strategies for inclusive future of work.

  12. Sustaining GSP-Plus Status by Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting-Mongolia Phase 2

    1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020

    The project represents a continued support of the European Union to increase national capacity to apply core labour standards. It contributes to the realization of the fundamental principles and rights at work in Mongolia. The project focuses specifically on the promotion of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention and advocacy of improved national response to human trafficking for labour exploitation.

  13. Eliminating child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains: an integrated approach

    1 March 2018 - 28 February 2022

    The project seeks to promote enhanced legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of child labour, and of victims of forced labour, while adopting an integrated area based approach, embedded in a value chain approach including cooperation with local industry and international buyers.

  14. EMPOWER: Building peace through the economic empowerment of women in Northern Sri Lanka

    9 January 2018 - 8 June 2019

    The objective of this project is to increase access to economic empowerment, social integration, resilience and peacebuilding participation for conflict affected women in Mullaitivu, one of the most conflict-affected Northern Districts of Sri Lanka. The project is funded by the UN Peace Building Fund and implemented by the ILO, WFP, and Puthukkudiyiruppu Women Entrepreneurs’ Cooperative Society.

  15. Implementation of the Agreement concerning additional employment injury benefits to the victims of the Ali Enterprises fire and strengthening of the employment injury insurance and benefit system in Sindh Province

    1 January 2018 - 30 June 2019

    On 11 September 2012, more than 255 workers were killed and 55 injured in the fire at the garment factory in Baldia, Karachi, considered as the most serious industrial accident in Pakistan’s history. At the request of the Government of Pakistan the ILO from 2016 onwards, worked closely with international and national stakeholders to reach an agreement for the financial settlement of additional and voluntary compensation to the beneficiaries provided by KiK Textilien.

  16. Improving the livelihood and working conditions of the vulnerable workers – particularly women, in the Rural Agro-food economy through Value Chain Development

    1 January - 30 June 2018

    The ILO in partnership with UNIDO is implementing a One UN Joint pilot project, which aims at improving the livelihood and working conditions in the selected agro-food value chain in Gilgit Baltistan Province of Pakistan. The project- through a set of gender-responsive interventions will engage with partners and producers; address the deficits in productivity and working conditions by skills development; instituting simple technology and awareness-raising on the key elements of Decent Work.

  17. Safe & Fair: Realizing Women Migrant Workers’ Rights and Opportunities in the ASEAN Region

    1 January 2018 - 31 December 2022

    The project is part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global, multi-year initiative between the European Union and United Nations. Safe & Fair is implemented through a partnership between the ILO and UN Women with the overriding objective of ensuring that labour migration is safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region.

  18. Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME) in Sri Lanka

    1 January 2018 - 31 January 2020

    The REFRAME project in Sri Lanka aims to reduce abusive practices and violations of human and labour rights and enhance the protection of migrant workers during the recruitment process.

  19. JOBS for PEACE and RESILIENCE: Strengthening natural disaster resilience of rural communities and micro and small enterprises in the North and South West of Sri Lanka

    1 January 2018 - 31 December 2019

    The objective of this intervention is to contribute to implement the National Policy on building resilience and disaster mitigation measures by developing and demonstrating effective models in rural communities with special attention on the North and the South West of Sri Lanka where the recurrence of natural disasters is high.

  20. Responsible Supply Chains in Asia - Thailand

    15 December 2017 - 14 December 2020

    The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme aims to promote responsible business practices into the operations of national and multinational companies and their supply chains. Active in six Asian countries, the programme in the Thailand is working to enhance respect for labour rights and environmental standards among multinational enterprises with supply chains in the vehicle parts industry and the meat, fruit and vegetable sectors of the agriculture industry. This project is co-funded by the European Union and the ILO under the EU’s Partnership Instrument.