News and features

July 2021

  1. ILO: Employment Insurance (JKP) – A step to deliver the integrated assistance for job seekers

    19 July 2021

    The implementation of the employment insurance or Jaminan Kehilangan Pekerjaan (JKP) requires smooth integration and synergy between the provision of cash and non-cash benefits to provide effective protection for the unemployed workers.

May 2021

  1. Extending social protection to Indonesian digital workers

    11 May 2021

    Digital and gig economies have created enormous opportunities and enhanced productivity of workers, businesses and the overall society. Yet, they also pose serious threat to decent work and fair competition.

April 2021

  1. Launching of a web portal for eligible textile and garment sector employers to register and participate in a job retention programme

    21 April 2021

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (ILO News) – Domestic textile and garment factories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply through a web portal to obtain wage subsidies for their workers in a job retention programme covering up to 45,000 workers.

  2. COVID-19 strategies must invest in human-centred recovery, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    09 April 2021

    Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and encourage a green recovery, the ILO’s Director-General has said in statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings.

  3. Indonesia to learn from the United Kingdom to set up public employment service

    01 April 2021

    Following the release of unemployment benefit regulation, Indonesia is now strengthening employment agencies' capacity to provide training and job placement service for the unemployed. Policymakers in Indonesia learned from other countries experiences in developing effective public employment service.

March 2021

  1. Actuary or actor?

    30 March 2021

    Behind the scenes of social protection: managing risk and uncertainty in social security.

  2. Engaging journalists to better promote the new unemployment benefit scheme

    12 March 2021

    The Government of Indonesia has formally launched the new unemployment benefits programme known as Jaminan Kehilangan Pekerjaan (JKP) early this year. The ILO supports the awareness raising efforts through various channels, including mass media.

  3. Social security and COVID-19: Which measures were effective in protecting workers?

    11 March 2021

    The recent ILO report reviews the national social security measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, analyses their effectiveness, and discusses future challenges in improving the social security systems. The report covers seven countries in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.

  4. Indonesia enhances its human resources for more effective social security programmes

    02 March 2021

    Since the reform of national social security system in 2004, Indonesia has continued to improving its social security system. With support from the ILO, the country is enhancing its human resources’ capacities to run the system more effectively and to ensure the protection of its people.

February 2021

  1. Income support to help 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR hit by COVID-19

    23 February 2021

    The Lao Social Security Organization (LSSO) today announced that one-time cash transfers totalling US$ 1.8 million would help mitigate workers’ lost income and support business continuity while reducing employers’ staff turnover costs.

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    ILO joins partnership to promote global health

    09 February 2021

    The ILO has joined 12 other multilateral organizations in a partnership to promote health at work and elsewhere, and help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

December 2020

  1. Supporting Burkina Faso and Senegal to promote social protection

    16 December 2020

    The Government of Belgium and the International Labour Organization will support the strengthening and extension of national social protection systems in Burkina Faso and Senegal to increase coverage of informal economy workers and their families, facilitate their access to health care and enable them to face the challenges of tomorrow.

  2. COVID-19 crisis, a wake-up call on social protection for workers

    11 December 2020

    Workers’ Organizations exchange experiences and discuss trade union advocacy strategies for strengthening social protection systems.

  3. ILO discussed trade unions’ concerns of new unemployment protection programme

    01 December 2020

    Despite ongoing protest against the recently passed omnibus law, unemployment insurance (UI) programme receives a relatively positive sentiment from trade unions. Although they still have some concerns.

  4. The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, the ILO and UNICEF join forces to expand social protection for all through sustainable financing

    01 December 2020

    Joint programme on improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

  5. The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, the ILO and UNICEF join forces to expand social protection for all through sustainable financing

    01 December 2020

    Joint programme on improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

November 2020

  1. The European Union and ILO joins forces to promote social protection systems in Sudan

    09 November 2020

October 2020

  1. Universal social protection floors are a joint responsibility

    26 October 2020

    Building back better from the pandemic so that we have greater resilience against future crises’ requires international solidarity and better social protection for all, that covers the poorest and most marginalized as well as those who currently have resources to pay.

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    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

September 2020

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    ILO: Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

    17 September 2020

    Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study.

  2. ILO/Germany programme to protect garment workers affected by COVID-19

    08 September 2020

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is giving €14.5 million to an International Labour Organization (ILO) multi-donor programme to help garment sector workers in seven countries who have been affected by COVID-19.