Factsheets and briefs


  1. Factsheet

    Project Office for the State of Qatar

    26 October 2018

    In 2017 the ILO and Qatar entered into a comprehensive 3-year technical cooperation programme. This reflects the commitment of the Government of Qatar and the ILO to cooperate on ensuring compliance with ratified international labour Conventions as well as achieving basic principles and rights related to work in the State of Qatar.

  2. Briefing note

    Decent Work and the Agriculture Sector in Jordan: Evidence from Workers’ and Employers’ Surveys (2018)

    04 October 2018

    The agriculture sector in Jordan provides a critical source of sustenance and income, particularly for the poorest segments of society. Despite its relative level of importance, there is a lack of empirical evidence documenting employment and working conditions in the agriculture sector in Jordan. While small focus group discussions and anecdotal evidence suggest informality and unfavourable working conditions, little data exists to support these claims.

  3. Preview: Innovations for Decent Jobs for Youth

    Guide on Measuring Decent Jobs for Youth: Monitoring, evaluation and learning in labour market programmes

    02 May 2018

    The Guide on Measuring Decent Jobs for Youth will be launched at the Innovations for Decent Jobs for Youth event on 2 May at the ILO in Geneva. The seven part volume is the first comprehensive guidance to evaluating, monitoring and learning in labour market programmes targeting young people.

  4. Infographic

    Infographic: Protecting Migrant Construction Workers in the Middle East

    21 February 2018

    In this exploratory paper we focus on good policies to protect migrant workers in the region, giving examples of what has ensured their protection elsewhere as well as the benefits this can bring to the sector.


  1. Brief

    Migrant workers in an irregular situation through no fault of their own: pathways and response options in the Arab States

    07 August 2017

    A migrant in an irregular situation or an undocumented migrant is someone who is not authorized to enter, stay or work in the country of destination. There are many pathways to an irregular situation in the Arab States, and migrants often have little control over the complex factors that determine their migration status. This short note on migrants in an irregular situation describes some of the common means through which migrant workers may end up in an irregular situation and proposes recommendations for governments in addressing this important issue.

  2. Brief

    A Challenging Market Becomes More Challenging: Jordanian Workers, Migrant Workers and Refugees in the Jordanian Labour Market

    12 June 2017

    Financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the ILO has conducted a study which aims to provide practical solutions to three potentially conflicting policy aims in Jordan’s labour market: boosting Jordanian employment, ensuring decent working conditions for all including migrant workers, and incorporating Syrian refugees into the workforce.

  3. Publication

    Company Guidelines: Occupational Safety and Health

    02 May 2017

  4. Publication

    Company Guidelines: Workers’ Voice

    02 May 2017

  5. Publication

    Company Guidelines: Recruitment

    02 May 2017

  6. Publication

    Company Guidelines: Passport retention

    02 May 2017

  7. Publication

    10 Things Governments Can Do to Ensure Fair Recruitment

    02 May 2017

  8. Policy Brief

    Matching skills and jobs in Lebanon: Main features of the labour market – challenges, opportunities and recommendations

    09 April 2017

    This policy brief examines the key factors that influence the evolution of skills supply and demand and provides general guidance on labour market trends and job opportunities in various economic sectors, with a particular focus on North Lebanon.

  9. Policy Brief

    Towards coordinated efforts for effective labour market information and employment services in Lebanon

    09 April 2017

    This policy brief aims to highlight the importance of a stronger labour market intermediation function to tackle current employment challenges in Lebanon.

  10. Brief

    Achieving social justice through a demographic-driven initiative: responding to the unique needs of youth, women and refugees

    01 April 2017

    The Arab World is currently experiencing a period of extensive socioeconomic change, unprecedented since the revolutions and wars of independence over half a century ago. Of particular concern is the matter of social justice, which has been a challenge for Arab states over the past decades

  11. Brief

    A robust regional economy for improved labour market outcomes

    01 April 2017

    Understanding the future of work, as a start, requires a review of broad historical trends. While trends are heterogeneous across countries and time, they do provide a baseline from which to compare the development pathways of countries and regions.

  12. Brief

    Social protection in a changing World of Work: Towards a future with social protection for all in the Arab States

    01 April 2017

    This note looks at the ways in which social protection systems in the Arab States will be affected by technological, emographic, economic and environmental changes that are taking place in the world of work. It then examines the key issues as well as the challenges and opportunities which need to be taken into account in future debates, bearing in mind the already existing social protection deficits in the region.

  13. Brief

    Achieving Gender Equality in the Arab Region amidst the Changing World of Work

    01 April 2017

    Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are critical ingredients to the realization of economic growth and sustainable development.


  1. Booklet

    Towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A summary of the ILO’s interventions 2013-2016

    19 December 2016

    In line with the ultimate Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8 (Gender Equality and Decent Work and Economic Growth, respectively), the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been active in promoting women’s legal, social and economic empowerment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) through a series of tripartite interventions that involve government, employers and workers at the policy and institutional levels, as well as the grassroots levels.

  2. Technical brief

    Livelihood interventions for women in Gaza

    19 December 2016

    In response to the devastating situation in Gaza, the International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented a response programme in 2015 to support the most vulnerable communities by providing immediate income support and skills training, with a particular focus on women, youth and people with disabilities.

  3. Policy brief

    Towards Gender Justice in Higher Education Institutions Piloting ILO’s Participatory Gender Audit tool at Birzeit University

    19 December 2016

    Between 2013 and 2015, the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), carried out a Participatory Gender Audit to map the institutional gender gaps and highlight the different patterns and forms of discrimination facing women at the university.