ILO in the Arab States

  • COOP Champions

    Amaal Bani Awwad, National Project Coordinator at ILO Jordan

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.

  • Now I know the great feeling of having decent work

    Jordanian Omar Abu Noa’aj has struggled to find work for years due to his physical disability. Last year, an ILO employment centre helped him secure his first formal job at a garment factory, giving him a new sense of independence and purpose.

  • Success stories and challenges of labour market access for refugees and host communities

    The ILO, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNICEF are organizing a side event to the Fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region,” hosted by the European Union.

  • International Women's Day 2021

    The world needs more women leaders

    On International Women's Day, female leaders from the ILO give their perspective on the qualities women bring to leadership around the world. Featuring Martha Newton, ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy, Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Director for Africa and Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States.

What's new

  1. Webinar

    From Bangladesh to Qatar: Lessons from a fair recruitment pilot in the construction sector

    Join a discussion with the partners involved in the pilot, and hear about the lessons and the replicability for other industries and countries.

  2. Article

    How a social protection floor can help address Lebanon’s crises

    12 May 2021

    A new policy note by the ILO and UNICEF explores policy options and costs for core life-cycle social grants that will lay the foundations for a new social contract that is both sustainable and people-centred in Lebanon.

  3. Press release

    ILO and partners launch nation-wide campaign to tackle the worst forms of child labour in Iraq

    11 May 2021

    The campaign will bring together different partners to raise awareness on the increasing dangers of child labour and mobilise efforts to reach the heart of communities most effected by the rise of child labour in Iraq.


  1. Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants and Refugees in the Arab Region

    This technical paper examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants and refugees. It focuses on several relevant areas including health, income security, the economy and education.

  2. Social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis in the MENA/Arab States region

    This policy brief provides a summary of the main social protection measures that were adopted by the countries in the MENA/Arab States region in immediate response to the pandemic. 

  3. Rapid Diagnostic Assessment of Employment Impacts under COVID-19 in Lebanon

    The COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Lebanon at a time when the country was grappling with its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. Lockdown measures have further hampered economic activity and left various groups of workers severely affected.