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. Supporting Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic through Targeted Employment-Intensive Emergency Public Works for the Rural Poor and Vulnerable in Timor-Leste

    3 August 2020 - 29 October 2021

    The project supports recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct employment opportunities for the rural poor and vulnerable population through routine road maintenance activities.

  2. Strengthened capacity of member States to ratify and apply international labour standards and to fulfil their reporting obligations

    1 August 2020 - 30 September 2021

    This intervention aims to strengthen constituents’ engagement on compliance with and reporting on international labour standards. It provides specific assistance in follow-up to the comments of the ILO’s supervisory bodies on the application of ILO conventions on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98).

  3. Governance of Labour Migration in South and South-East Asia (GOALS)

    1 August 2020 - 31 July 2023

    GOALS programme is aimed at ensuring labour migration is safe, orderly and regular for all women and men from Colombo Process Member States through strengthened collaboration and effective migration governance.

  4. Healthy Socio-Economic Recovery of the Micro and Small Enterprise Sector of Sri Lanka (COVID-19)

    1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021

    Support for Micro and Small enterprises for healthy socio-economic recovery when they start the business under the COVID 19 pandemic

  5. Data as a strategic asset for the organizational development and capacity building of Employer and Business Membership Organizations

    1 July 2020 - 31 December 2021

    Aligned to Outcome 1.1 of the Programme and Budget, the project aims to develop deeper insights into the opportunities for EBMO to position data as a strategic asset and while enhancing organizational capacities to take action.

  6. Strengthening Action against Violence and Harassment with Focus on Sexual Harassment in the World of Work in Nepal

    1 July 2020 - 31 December 2021

    Funded by the Government of Japan, the project aims to promote violence and harassment free workplace in the world of work in Nepal in line with ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190).

  7. Immediate UN Response for coherent safeguarding the livelihoods of people made most vulnerable by COVID-19 in Nepal

    1 July - 31 December 2020

    The project is funded by the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF or the Fund) and contributes to government’s early recovery efforts.

  8. Leaving No One Behind in Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response: Technical and Financial Support for the Implementation of the Cash Transfer Scheme for Low-Income Households

    15 May - 30 November 2020

    Funded by UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Funds, the project aims to provide technical and financial support for the implementation of cash transfer scheme in Timor-Leste. UN agencies in Timor-Leste lead by the ILO and UN Women will provide technical support to the Government in designing the most effective, efficient and safe implementation plan for the scheme.

  9. Enhancing Social Protection System: Towards Investments for Results in Nepal

    1 April 2020 - 31 May 2023

    The project is part of the European Union’s global Action on improving synergies between social protection and public finance management (PFM), jointly implemented by the ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), represented in Nepal by We Social Movements (WSM).

  10. Quality apprenticeship and lifelong learning in China

    16 March 2020 - 30 June 2021

    The project aims to collaborate with Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, employers’ and workers’ organizations in China in developing a more responsive skill development system, adapted to labour market changes and technological development, in order to reduce job-skill mismatch highlighted in the labour market need analysis. It consists of three main components: research, capacity building and the adaptation of relevant ILO tools for quality apprenticeship and skill development.

  11. Measurement, Awareness Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP16) Project

    1 March 2020 - 30 September 2021

    The project contributes to the promotion of decent work in Sri Lanka by supporting prevention measures and addressing child labour and its worst forms through new, fit for purpose, targeted approaches.

  12. Extending Social Protection to Herders with Enhanced Shock Responsiveness

    1 February 2020 - 31 January 2022

    Acknowledging high risks herders and rural children faced in being left behind, this UN Joint Programme (UNJP) seeks to support national authorities and provincial governments, in closing the social protection gaps for this population, with a particular concern on its role in reducing their vulnerabilities to poverty and extreme climate change. The ILO, FAO, UNFPA and UNICEF in Mongolia, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator of Mongolia will work closely with the Government of Mongolia, social partners and other relevant stakeholders. The programme results will primarily contribute in achievement of SDG 1.3, 1.5 and 13.1.

  13. UN Joint Programme “Leaving no one behind: Establishing the basis for social protection floors in Lao People's Democratic Republic”

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2021

    The UN Joint Programme will support the Government of Lao PDR to strengthen the national social protection system, through building of national capacities, improvement of public finance management, and piloting of a social assistance programme for pregnant women and newborn children.

  14. Trade for Decent Work Project

    1 January - 31 December 2020

    Legal and Institutional Reforms for Improved Labour Market Governance (Myanmar). This project assists Myanmar to develop a labour law framework that is gender responsive and based on the principles of tripartite social dialogue as well as improving compliance with International Labour Standards ratified by Myanmar.

  15. Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste – A Joint EU-UN Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022

    The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, which is being funded by the EU and implemented through five UN agencies in Timor- Leste: ILO, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

  16. ILO/China Project on Strengthening Skills Development in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

    1 January 2020 - 30 June 2024

    This project aims to improve employability of workers and increase productivity of enterprises through better quality of employment services, skills development and institutional capacity building.

  17. Skills for Prosperity Programme in Malaysia

    29 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    Funded by the United Kingdom government, this project aims to increase national capacity for inclusive economic growth through more productive and equitable skills and TVET systems in order to improve employability, employment opportunities and earning potential of workers in Malaysia.

  18. Skills for Prosperity Programme in Indonesia

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    Funded by the United Kingdom government, this project aims to improve the country’s skills development policies and systems and enhance employability and future-readiness of young women and men including those from disadvantaged groups aspiring to pursue and advance career in the maritime industry.

  19. Skills for Prosperity Programme in the Philippines

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical vocational education and training Systems

  20. Skills for Prosperity in South-East Asia Programme

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical and vocational education and training systems.