Programmes and projects

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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


  1. 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.

  2. Employable Skills for Improved Livelihoods of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from North Waziristan Agency

    1 October 2014 - 31 May 2015

    In response to the request of the Government of Pakistan for support on humanitarian grounds, the UN system in Pakistan initiated a relief and rehabilitation operation for the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from NWA.


  1. Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Employment, Education & Training (EET)

    15 September 2010 - 31 December 2013

    Since the 2005 World Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, international and national leaders have agreed that if their countries are to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development they need to ensure full and productive employment and decent work for all.

  2. Strengthening Law Enforcement Responses and Actions against Internal Trafficking and Bonded Labour in Sindh & Punjab Provinces, Pakistan

    1 October 2010 - 30 September 2013

    This project will contribute to the elimination of bonded labour and to address the needs of bonded laborers and their families in Pakistan.

  3. Combating Abusive Child Labour II

    1 April 2008 - 30 April 2013

    This project contributes to the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate child labour, including its worst forms (WFCL).


  1. Towards Gender Parity in Pakistan Project (TGP)

    1 July 2009 - 31 December 2011

    The ILO in partnership with 14 other UN agencies started this joint project to ensure equal access to decent work and productive employment for women and men is essential as a sustainable way out of poverty.

  2. Pakistan Earthquake Child Labour Response Project (PECLR)

    10 May 2007 - 30 April 2011

    A four-year initiative developed as a response to technically assist the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to address the issue of child labour in affected areas resulting from the devastating earthquake of 8 October 2005 in which a large number of school going children have been left without schools, teachers and teaching supplies.


  1. Combating Child Labour through Education and Training (CCLET)

    1 April 1999 - 31 December 2010

    Aims to contribute to the elimination of the worst form of child labour in Pakistan by 2016.

  2. Activating Media to Combat Worst Forms of Child Labour in Pakistan (Phase II)

    1 August 2006 - 31 December 2010

    Aims to contribute to national efforts towards reducing and effectively eliminating worst forms of child labour in the country.

  3. Mainstreaming Decent Work through One-UN

    1 January - 31 December 2010

    Aims to support the One-UN programme by enhancing its relevance and effectiveness. The project has three main components contributing to different Joint Program Components of Delivering As One.

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

    1 March 2007 - 30 April 2010

    Amongst the variations of forced labour, the most prevalent form that exists in Pakistan is debt bondage. Economic sectors with incidences of bonded labour are brick kilns, agriculture, domestic service, construction and others.

  5. Women Employment Concerns and Working Conditions (WEC-PK)

    1 March 2005 - 31 March 2010

    A national project adopting the ILO Decent Work Agenda aimed at enhancing the quantity and quality of women’s employment in Pakistan by working with key ILO’s constituents: government, workers' organizations, employers’ organizations and civil society.


  1. Combating Child Labour in the Carpet Industry (Phase II)

    9 January 2002 - 30 September 2009

    Aims to provide non-formal education, mainstreaming, and pre-vocational education to about 23,000 carpet weaving children and their siblings, and access to micro credit to 2,000 poorest carpet weaving households.

  2. Capacity Enhancement of Ministry of Labour through Establishment of Labour Market Information and Analysis Unit

    1 July 2006 - 1 July 2009

    In order to address the short comings of the existing Labour Market Information System (LMIS) of the Labour and Manpower Division, a Labour Market Information and Analysis Unit has been established to provide up-to-date and timely Labour Market Information and Analysis that will serve as an input into the formulation and monitoring of labour and employment policies. The project is being implemented with the assistance of UNDP and ILO.

  3. Community Based Livelihoods Recovery Project (CBLRP)

    1 April 2006 - 30 April 2009

    A joint initiative of four UN agencies including ILO, FAO, UNDP and UNIDO to promote community-based livelihoods.


  1. Supporting the National Time-Bound Programme (TBP) on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in Pakistan

    1 September 2003 - 30 September 2008

    During 2003-2008, ILO implemented its flag-ship Project of Support to the National Time-bound Programme on the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (TBP Project). It was a major project that made both policy level and district and community level interventions to build capacity of ILO’s tri-partite constituents on the issue of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL).