Technical cooperation projects


  1. Sri Lanka - Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka

    30 September 2009

    Sri Lanka is a democratic country with a market-based economy that has moved into the middle income country category over the past few years. Much of its economic growth has been dependent on the continuing demands of overseas exports. Export Processing Zones (EPZs) play a particularly important role in this context. The ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) and the Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA) have commented on the country’s application of the principle of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Many of these comments were focused on anti-union practices in EPZs, such as restrictions on the right to organize, limitations on the right to strike, and restrained government action against anti-union discrimination and unjust dismissals.

  2. Eliminating Forced Labour and Trafficking in Jordan

    01 March 2009

    The project seeks to strengthen government law enforcement capacity to identify, investigate and prosecute offences for forced labour and human trafficking; and support the establishment of an efficient and regulated recruitment mechanism.

  3. Forced Labour and Trafficking In Jordan - A Pilot Programme on the Qualified Industrial Zones

    01 March 2009

    The project seeks to improve the law enforcement capacity of the government against trafficking for labour exploitation, with a particular focus on the export-oriented factories in Jordan’s Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ), where there have been recent reports of severe labour exploitation which in the worst cases could amount to criminal trafficking.


  1. Promoting fundamental principles and rights at work in Jordan

    27 November 2008

    Development Objective: A strengthened labour relations environment for economic development and social stability.

  2. Implementing and enforcing internationally recognized labour rights in Oman and Bahrain

    21 November 2008

  3. Improving labour systems in Southern Africa

    21 November 2008

    The project’s development objectives are: (i) Increased compliance with national labour laws; and (ii) Improved labour-management relations

  4. Strenghtening labour relations in East Africa (SLAREA)

    21 November 2008

    Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are covered by SLAREA, The Project for Strengthening Labour Relations in East Africa. SLAREA is one of a number of projects funded by the Department of Labour of the United States of America (USDOL) promoting the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (Declaration), adopted by the International Labour Conference in June, 1998.

  5. Strenghtening industrial relations in Morocco

    21 November 2008

    This project was developed and implemented against the background of the drafting of the 2004 labor code and the signature of the free trade agreement with the United States. The provisions of the labor code, along with the impact of globalization, created considerable changes in Moroccan labor relations. An increase in short-term contracts has created more insecurity and tends to reduce the membership of trade unions. On the other hand, international competition between companies increases the need for labor law conformity. An aspect of confor-mity that needs to be realized is the creation of enterprise committees in every company with more than 10 em-ployees. As all these developments call for improved industrial relations, the timing for the strengthening indus-trial relations project was well chosen.

  6. Labour Law reform in Kenya

    21 November 2008

    the Government of Kenya, in consultation with the central organizations of employers and workers requested the ILO to undertake a major review of the labour legislation in order to update it and adjust it to the changing conditions as well as to ensure their consistency with the ILO standards.

  7. Strenghtening the social partners' capacity for promotion of social dialogue in Jordan

    21 November 2008

    The ILO Declaration project which is being evaluated in the current report sought to improve social dialogue within Jordan, through defined activities working with the social partners, promoting the reform of labour legislation, and working with the labour ministry and inspectorate in order to improve competencies, skills and understanding. Its task was far from a straightforward one, but it has made an important contribution and brought about tangible results.

  8. Promoting democracy through fundamental principles and rights at work and tripartism

    21 November 2008

    The focus of the pilot project in Nigeria was twofold: reform of the existing labor laws and strengthening of local capacity to adopt a tripartite approach (Ministry of Labor, unions and employers’ associations) to the resolution of labor problems through social dialogue. It was hoped that the project would also result in the signature by Nigeria of the ILO’s non-ratified core Conventions. The project was known as the Nigerian Declaration Project (NIDEC).

  9. Combating inequalities and discrimination in the world of work

    14 November 2008

    “Combating Inequalities and Discrimination in the World of Work” was financed by the Government of Norway and implemented from 2006 to 2009. The programme had two main objectives: 1) to promote equal opportunities at the workplace and within trade unions and employers’ organization, with an emphasis on racial/ethnic discrimination, including against migrant workers, and 2) to reduce the earnings gap between men and women and racial/ethnic groups.

  10. Economic and social empowerment of returned victims of trafficking in Thailand and the Philippines

    29 September 2008

    In Southeast Asia, Thailand and the Philippines are among the countries facing serious problems of trafficking in persons. In both countries, many of the women migrating have been recruited not knowing the living and working conditions they would need to endure nor the extent of debt that they would have to bear. Deception is the most common method used to lure victims, using false promises related to the nature of work, the income and working conditions.

  11. Elimination of human trafficking from Moldova and Ukraine through labour market based measures

    17 July 2008

    The project offers a long-term perspective against trafficking in human beings in Moldova and Ukraine by addressing gaps in the current implementation of National Action Plans against Human Trafficking.

  12. Combating trafficking in persons in Brazil

    17 July 2008

    Joint Project IPEC SAP-FL

  13. Slave Labour in Brazil

    01 April 2008

  14. Forced labour, discrimination and poverty reduction among indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay

    27 February 2008

    Recent ILO research indicates that forced labour affects at least 1.3 million people in Latin America. In-depth field research in the rural areas of Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru, has confirmed earlier perceptions that indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to a form of forced labour called debt bondage.

  15. Enhancing communities’ capacity in Nigeria and Ghana to combat human trafficking

    01 January 2008

    The project is linked to Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) currently being developed between Nigeria, Ghana and the ILO.


  1. Promoting the Elimination of Bonded Labour in Pakistan (PEBLIP)

    28 June 2007

    The present project is an expansion and continuation of on-going technical cooperation under taken by ILO in Pakistan since 2001.

  2. Community development through employment creation and improved migration management in Tajikistan

    01 June 2007

    The proposed project aims to improve the overall security situation in Tajikistan with particular emphasis on socio-economic and personal security needs of people on the move and of women who were left behind without income.