1. Haiyan: Planting the Seeds of the recovery

    07 November 2014

    A year after Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as "Yolanda" devastated parts of The Philippines, thousands of people whose lives depend on agriculture are still trying to cope. It wasn't only that farm fields cultivated for years were destroyed; farmers who knew only one way to provide for their families lost their livelihoods. But now there is new hope in the mountains and farm fields devastated by Haiyan. (Video in English with Closed Captions)

  2. Training Haitians to re-build homes that will last

    26 June 2014

    The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 devastated entire communities leaving over a million homeless. The 16/6 project in Haiti aims to rebuild 16 neighbourhoods and re-house displaced people living in six camps set up after the disaster. Training people in earthquake-resistant construction has been a key part of the joint government-led project, which has brought together the International Labour Organization and other international organizations. The same approach is now being replicated in the Champs-de-Mars square in the centre of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.

  3. An interview with Ms. Azita Berar Awad

    21 May 2014

  4. Haiti: Entrepreneurial spirit rebuilds out of the rubble

    19 March 2014

    Once a symbol of misfortune, the debris created by Haiti's earthquake on 12 January 2010 is now a symbol of hope. Haitian entrepreneurs, with ILO training, are recycling the debris and using it to rebuild their neighbourhoods. In fragile states that are emerging from conflicts and natural disasters, the ILO works to create employment and supports paths towards greater resilience. A high-level panel on decent work in fragile states will take place at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 March 2014.


  1. Video: Decent Work for People with Disabilities - Count Us In!

    23 September 2013

    Women and men with disabilities can and want to be productive members of society. This four minute video raises awareness about the barriers as well as the actions needed to help people with disabilities obtain decent work and a better life.

  2. Restoring confidence in the world of work

    17 June 2013

    How to reconnect and restore confidence in jobs and growth as instruments of social progress was the topic of debate during a high-level panel discussion of the International Labour Conference.

  3. Youth employment in Afghanistan

    04 June 2013

    Armed conflicts destroy socioeconomic infrastructure, the means of production, natural and human resources, and vast numbers of jobs. When conflict ends, youth employment is critical to stability since young people have a valuable role in the peacebuilding process. In this show, Herve Berger of the ILO discusses the role of youth employment in Afghanistan, the barriers young Afghans face in gaining decent work, and how they can be supported.

  4. 6 Steps to a job-friendly recovery

    03 June 2013

    Globally, investment as a share of GDP is close to 1 percentage point below the pre-crisis level. Yet emerging economies accounted for 47 per cent of global investment as opposed to advanced economies who represented just over one-third. What does this mean? Investment patterns mirror employment trends. Less investment means less employment and this is what we are seeing in developing and advanced economies. So how do we get back on track to creating jobs? Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, and lead author of the World of Work Report 2013 presents six steps that countries should follow to enjoy a sustainable job recovery.

  5. ILO Playlist on youth employment (Youtube)

    24 May 2013

  6. The new youth opportunities in Myanmar

    15 May 2013

    Listen to Steve Marshal, the ILO liaison officer in Yangon, and Sandar Soe, from the FTUB trade union federation, talk about the challenges and opportunities young workers are facing as the country undergoes a period of gradual reforms.

  7. Disturbing rise in global unemployment, says ILO

    22 January 2013

    Global unemployment is on the rise again, according to the ILO's Global Employment Trends 2013 report. 4.2 million more people joined the unemployed in 2012, and another 5.1 million more are expected to become unemployed in 2013 . With consumers not spending, firms not investing and banks not lending sufficiently, the weakness in aggregate demand is having a negative effect on the labour market. Austerity programs have also limited opportunities for employment growth, says Moazam Mahmood, Director of the ILO Economic and Labour Market Analysis Department, in an interview with the BBC.


  1. Video: Institutional barriers for people with disabilities still an obstacle, says ILO

    03 December 2012

    Around 85 million people with disabilities live in China and despite progress made over the past 30 years, there are many challenges to ensure their equality and dignity. ILO Beijing Director Ann Herbert appeared on CCTV's 'Dialogue' saying that infrastructure and institutional barriers must be improved in China. She also noted that cultural barriers must be broken down to create an inclusive society.

  2. The World Bank's World Development Report 2013, presented at the ILO

    02 November 2012

    The ILO welcomed the World Bank's World Development Report 2013, entitled "Jobs", a timely publication in the midst of the economic crisis.

  3. To be young and profitable in Peru

    10 August 2012

    There are nearly 450,000 young people without jobs in Peru. They represent more than two thirds of the country's unemployed and of the 5 million young people who do have work, many are in "precarious" conditions, without social benefits or job security. So instead of looking for a job, many young Peruvians prefer to looking toward themselves and starting their own businesses.

  4. Transitioning to Green Jobs in Sri Lanka

    03 August 2012

    “Green jobs” can be created in the most fundamental of workplaces, and the result can benefit traditional industries. That’s what is happening in Sri Lanka, where former “waste pickers” at Sri Lanka’s garbage dumps were given new skills to work more efficiently and protect their health, and that is benefitting one of the island’s iconic industries.

  5. Migrant workers: Hidden victims of the economic crisis

    19 July 2012

    Migrant workers are the hidden victims of the economic crisis, especially in the Eurozone. Thousands have lost jobs in construction and other sectors that were heavily dependent on them in boom times. Now unable to send enough money back home,growing numbers rely on the informal economy to get by, according to Steven Tobin, Senior Economist at the International Institute for Labour Studies.

  6. Employment far from recovery in the Eurozone, warns the ILO

    10 July 2012

    An ILO report warns that millions of jobs could be lost in the Eurozone. Unemployment in the single-currency area could reach almost 22 million over the next four years, according to the "Eurozone jobs crisis: trends and policy responses". ILO TV interviewed Vincenzo Spiezia, Senior Economist at ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies, which authored the report.

  7. A green initiative brightens Bangladesh

    02 July 2012

    70% of all families living in Bangladesh’s countryside are not connected to the national electricity grid; the power lines either haven’t reached their villages or the cost of connection is too high for them. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia, and encouraged by the central government some villagers can get low cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And new skills are required to bring solar power to Bangladesh’s villages, which is creating the demand for “green jobs” to get the job done.

  8. Breaking the barriers

    29 June 2012

    This video documents the inclusion of people with disabilities in skills training programmes supported by the ILO through the TVET Reform Project in Bangladesh.

  9. RIO+20: On the scene with the ILO

    18 June 2012

    An interview with Peter Poschen, Director of the ILO's Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, and Head of the Green Jobs Programme