The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Pakistan. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work Agenda.
1 September 2016 - 30 September 2022
In partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan, the ILO office for Pakistan will help tripartite partners and other stakeholders to strengthen national labour and environmental standards compliance with international standards to increase competitiveness, sustainable and inclusive growth in Pakistan. The project will also implement pilot interventions in selected enterprises in textile and leather sectors to develop business cases for compliance with labour and environmental standards.
Eliminating child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains: an integrated approach
1 March 2018 - 28 February 2022
The project seeks to promote enhanced legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of child labour, and of victims of forced labour, while adopting an integrated area based approach, embedded in a value chain approach including cooperation with local industry and international buyers.
10 May 2017 - 30 June 2020
The project aims to foster a partnership approach among the partners on promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) for a sustainable cotton supply chain in Pakistan.
Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners
1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
The EU Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance ('GSP+) was granted to Pakistan in January, 2014. Continuity of GSP+ is conditioned on better compliance and reporting on 27 UN conventions including the eight fundamental labour standards of the ILO. The EU monitors the compliance through multiple means including a biennial assessment. The EU’s 2018 assessment covering the period 2016 – 2017 stated that there had been some progress and commitment to improving the implementation of the ILO fundamental conventions. This project funded by the European Union, will continue to assist ILO’s tripartite constituents in Pakistan to strengthen their efforts towards better compliance and reporting on the ILO’s fundamental conventions.
Implementation of the Agreement concerning additional employment injury benefits to the victims of the Ali Enterprises fire and strengthening of the employment injury insurance and benefit system in Sindh Province
1 January 2018 - 30 June 2019
On 11 September 2012, more than 255 workers were killed and 55 injured in the fire at the garment factory in Baldia, Karachi, considered as the most serious industrial accident in Pakistan’s history. At the request of the Government of Pakistan the ILO from 2016 onwards, worked closely with international and national stakeholders to reach an agreement for the financial settlement of additional and voluntary compensation to the beneficiaries provided by KiK Textilien.
Labour standards in global supply chains: A programme for action in Asia and the garment sector in Pakistan
1 December 2014 - 31 March 2019
In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme of Action for Asia and the Garment Sector (LSGSC) project has addressed critical challenges relating to labour standards and working conditions in garment sector global supply chains (GSCs) in the Asia region, focusing on the project’s three target countries: Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan, as well as through global and regional components.
Support to trading partners including GSP+ beneficiary countries to effectively implement ILS and comply with reporting obligations
1 September 2016 - 31 January 2019
The project will Support and collaborate with ILO’s tripartite constituents and other relevant stakeholders in application of ILO C-100 (Equal Remuneration Convention - 1951) and ILO Convention C-111 (Discrimination- Employment and Occupations - 1958).
Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and Ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan
1 July 2015 - 31 December 2018
In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the ILO in Pakistan will help strengthen institutional mechanisms for effective labour inspection; enhance human resource capacities in the country to enforce the law on labour inspections and partner with the private sector to promote international labour standards and ensure their compliance by enterprises.
Improving the livelihood and working conditions of the vulnerable workers – particularly women, in the Rural Agro-food economy through Value Chain Development
1 January - 30 June 2018
The ILO in partnership with UNIDO is implementing a One UN Joint pilot project, which aims at improving the livelihood and working conditions in the selected agro-food value chain in Gilgit Baltistan Province of Pakistan. The project- through a set of gender-responsive interventions will engage with partners and producers; address the deficits in productivity and working conditions by skills development; instituting simple technology and awareness-raising on the key elements of Decent Work.
Sustaining GSP-Plus Status by Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting
31 December 2015 - 31 March 2018
Pakistan is a GSP+ beneficiary country since January, 2014. Continuity and sustenance of this trade for development facility is conditioned to better compliance and reporting of twenty-seven international standards including the eight Fundamental Labour Standards. This project funded by the European Union, aims to strengthen the capacities of Federal and Provincial Governments in better compliance and reporting of the Fundamental Labour Standards
15 February 2015 - 31 January 2018
In partnership with the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan and the Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PSGMEA), the ILO Office for Pakistan is implementing the project that aims to foster a partnership approach between MNEs and their direct suppliers on advancing socially responsible labour practices.
The Elimination of Child Labour and Promotion of Decent Work in the Stora Enso Value Chain, with a Focus on Pakistan
1 April 2015 - 31 December 2017
In order to strengthen its global policy and efforts to promote decent work and progressively eliminate child labour in its value chain in Pakistan, Stora Enso (SE) entered a public-private partnership agreement with the ILO.
15 March 2010 - 31 October 2016
In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and development (DFATD)-Canada, the ILO in Pakistan is implementing the largest Gender Project in South Asia which aims to improve gender equality in the world of work. The project is premised on ILO’s conviction that, gender equality in the world of work is a fundamental matter of human rights, social justice and is instrumental in achieving social and economic development goals.The project has three main objectives which include strengthening national mechanisms to promote equal employment and opportunities for women, enhance skills and employability of women in rural and urban areas of selected districts and strengthen the capacity of the media to raise awareness on issues related to working women in both the formal and informal economy.
Promoting the Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia through Actions on Labour Market Information, Protection during Recruitment and Employment, Skills and Development Impact
1 June 2013 - 30 September 2016
The project aims to promote the management of labour migration from South Asia, to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce irregular flows.
Increasing productivity and competitiveness through labour law compliance in Pakistan’s textile sector
1 February 2015 - 30 June 2016
In partnership with Pakistan Textiles Exporters Association (PTEA), the ILO is providing technical support in promoting Labour Law Compliance in Textile Sector in Faisalabad for better productivity and competitiveness. The 3 years long project will provide support to 280 factories and will focus on institutionalising a monitoring and reporting mechanism at the industry association level and providing enterprise level support in developing workplace improvement policies and programmes. The project will closely work with tripartite supervisory bodies at federal, provincial and district levels, international buyers/sourcing community and other stakeholders.
Extending Social Protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province through Building a Social Protection Floor within the Framework of a Social Protection Policy
1 May 2013 - 30 June 2016
In partnership with the Japan Social Safety Net Asia and the Pacific (JSSNP), the ILO in Pakistan is working closely with the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to develop and pilot a Social Protection Floor targeting the 27 million inhabitants of the province, of which 39 per cent live below the poverty datum line and are in need of basic social transfers and social services (health, education, food distribution, shelters, etc.). This will be achieved through Capacity Strengthening initiatives of key policy makers and ILO’s Social Partners, development of a provincial Social Protection Policy guided by Recommendation 202 -concerning National Floors of Social Protection, Analytical Research to generate evidence on existing initiatives related to strategic gaps and implementation issues, and the development of a broader approach to advocacy and awareness on Social Protection.
Support to Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PCMEA) for Establishing a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab
1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016
In partnership with the Pakistan Carpet Manufactures and Exporters Association (PCMEA), the ILO in Pakistan has revived it’s Private Public Partnership with the Association to provide technical assistance for the establishment of a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab province. The main objective of the project is to introduce workers in that sector to new skills and designs to reposition Pakistan in the international market. This will be achieved through training needs assessments as well as establishing a framework under which the institute will be established. The cooperation between the ILO and PCMEA is based on a successful partnership built during a previous project to combat child labour in the carpet industry.
Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in Sindh province
1 February 2013 - 30 June 2016
With funding from the Human Security Trust Fund (UN-HSTF), the ILO in Pakistan is implementing a UN Joint Program on livelihood restoration in collaboration with FAO and UN Women in the Province of Sindh. This project was designed in response to the July 2010 monsoon rains which flooded a significant part of Pakistan with Sindh Province being hardest hit. The UN Joint program aims to restore and protect the livelihoods of the vulnerable rural population in Sindh by improving their on-farm productive capacities and off-farm income generating activities.
Strengthening capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work focusing child labour, bonded labour and informal economy workers
1 May 2015 - 30 April 2016
Strengthened capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work in the textiles and garment sector in Pakistan
1 July 2014 - 30 September 2015
The project complements the efforts of the ILO in Pakistan to strengthen the capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work in garment sector. Subsequently, improving ILS ratification, application and compliance level through better labour administration and legislative reform.