Thematic analysis and practical advice

  1. The COVID-19 response: Getting gender equality right for a better future for women at work

    22 May 2020

    Despite COVID-19, many women in the informal economy have continued to work, putting their health in peril, while many other women are employed in sectors at high risk of job losses or reduction in working hours. Getting gender equality right in the COVID-19 response is key to ensure the return to a better normal.

  2. Social dialogue key to combating COVID-19

    21 May 2020

    What can governments, employers and workers do to help fight Covid-19? They can work together. The ILO calls this cooperation between representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations social dialogue.

  3. A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

    21 May 2020

    This guidance note aims to assist governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in developing national policy guidance for a phased and safe return to work, and provide guidelines for workplace-level risk assessments and implementation of preventive and protective measures according to a hierarchy of controls.

  4. A policy framework for tackling the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis

    20 May 2020

  5. Development and investment for a sustainable response to COVID-19

    15 May 2020

  6. ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190): 12 ways it can support the COVID-19 response and recovery

    14 May 2020

    This note highlights the relevance of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It provides examples of work-related violence and harassment that have been reported across countries in the context of COVID-19 and mentions specific provisions of Convention No. 190 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 206 that can help prevent and address those situations.

  7. Addressing stigma and discrimination in the COVID-19 response: Key lessons from the response to HIV and AIDS

    14 May 2020

    Stigma and discrimination manifest differently in different contexts and for different populations, yet some aspects remain constant. Useful lessons have been learned in the HIV response that could be applied to the COVID-19 response.

  8. The impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy

    08 May 2020

    Almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 60 per cent decline in their earnings. For those workers, stopping work or working remotely at home is not an option. Staying home means losing their jobs and, for many, it also means losing their livelihoods.

  9. COVID-19 and the informal economy in Africa

    07 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect in Africa, particularly in the informal economy where 325 million workers make their living. Lockdown measures have significantly impacted their lives, along with the many informal enterprises that are at risk of closure.

  10. Working from Home: Estimating the worldwide potential

    07 May 2020

    Staying in one’s job but performing work remotely is an excellent strategy for mitigating job losses and allowing for the continuation of many of our economies’ functions, but also for keeping the population safe. The objective of this brief is to estimate the potential share of workers across the different regions of the world who could perform their activities from home, if needed, as well as to discuss some of the policy issues associated with working from home.

  11. Rapid Diagnostics for Assessing the Country Level Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy and Labour Market - Guidelines

    05 May 2020

    These guidelines were developed by the ILO's Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch (EMPLAB) to support countries, through ILO employment specialists and Country Offices, undertake rapid diagnostics to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and policy responses.

  12. COVID-19 crisis and the informal economy: Immediate responses and policy challenges

    05 May 2020

    This policy brief focuses on the immediate responses that countries can take to address the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on the informal economy at its early stages, while pointing to areas that will need sustained investment in the future in order to ensure well-being and decent work for workers and economic undertakings in the informal economy. This brief will be followed by another on mid- to long-term responses, once the rapid propagation phase of the virus has passed.

  13. Impact of lockdown measures on the informal economy - A summary

    05 May 2020

    As of April 2020, it is estimated that almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 60 per cent decline in their earnings.

  14. Impact of lockdown measures on the informal economy

    05 May 2020

    As of April 2020, it is estimated that almost 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to an estimated decline in their earnings of 60 per cent.

  15. Skills for Employment Policy Brief - Distance and Online Learning during the time of COVID-19

    04 May 2020

  16. Protecting migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

    30 April 2020

    Recommendations for Policy-makers and Constituents

  17. Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on enterprises and workers in the informal economy in developing and emerging countries

    30 April 2020

    Identifying the needs and priorities of the groups in the informal economy that are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis is essential to develop adequate policy responses. These guidelines provide, a step by step approach to get this knowledge quickly by using methods of collecting information remotely, without interpersonal contact. It is a living methodology that will be improved and enriched on a constant basis.

  18. In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work

    28 April 2020

  19. Restructuring for recovery and resilience in response to the COVID-19 crisis

    24 April 2020

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    COVID-19 and employment in the tourism sector: Impact and response in Asia and the Pacific

    24 April 2020

    This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on employment in the tourism sector of the Asia-Pacific region and proposes a range of policy options to mitigate these impacts and facilitate strong and fast recovery.