1. Validation of social security research findings in Lao PDR

    22 September 2023

    On 27 July 2023, the ILO/Korea Partnership Programme held a workshop to validate the findings of its research on social security in Lao PDR. There were many notable findings such as the weak enforcement of laws, limited communications and understanding of social security, no system of incentives to motivate workers and enterprises to join, and lack of inspections or sanctions on those who do not comply with the law. The research analyses the characteristics of and reasons for the widespread informality and recommends tailored strategies to strengthen the social security system.

  2. Informal workers can access social security in Lao PDR

    22 September 2023

    Around 9 out of every 10 workers in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic are not covered by social security. The International Labour Organization, in collaboration with Homenet Laos, conducted research to better understand the nature of informality and how to expand social security to informal workers.

  3. Indonesian Inspiration: Lessons for Lao PDR on social security

    22 September 2023

    Lao government officials and civil society, with support from the ILO/Korea Partnership Programme, visited Indonesia on 21-24 August 2023 to learn about its social security system. The visit provided lessons on expanding coverage to informal workers, tailored communications, digital services, and good governance and administration. It was hosted by Indonesia’s Social Security Administrator for Employment (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).

  4. Mobile offices to provide social security services in rural communities

    08 August 2023

    Loveleen De, Social Protection Project Manager, Lao People’s Democratic Republic explains a pilot project to serve agricultural and home-based workers who have difficulty travelling to the Lao Social Security Offices to register or claim benefits. To make it easy for villagers, LSSO travels to the villages with the mobile service and brings the services closer to the people.

  5. Actuarial valuation and social security in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    13 March 2023

    Mr Simon Brimblecombe, Chief Technical Advisor and Head of Regional Actuarial Services, ILO Bangkok explains what an actuarial valuation is and why the valuation process in Lao People's Democratic Republic is important.

  6. How to expand social security coverage in Lao People's Democratic Republic?

    07 March 2023

    Nuno Cunha, Senior Specialist for Social Protection, ILO DWT-Bangkok shares what strategies can be explored by Lao People's Democratic Republic to expand social security coverage to more people. He talks about initiatives by other ASEAN countries and how these could serve as inspiration for Lao People's Democratic Republic as it embarks on an amendment of its Social Security Law.


  1. TRANSFORM Programme Emphasizes Collaboration in Social Protection Sector - Jordan

    28 December 2022

  2. Reducing Vulnerability in Lao People's Democratic Republic

    23 November 2022

    Noudthong Alounthong, ILO National Project Coordinator in Lao PDR, explains how the SOLAR project supports the government and civil society to promote labour rights and improve access to social security and occupational safety and health for coffee and tea workers.

  3. Decent work, the foundation of social justice

    07 October 2022

    Decent work is productive work that delivers a fair income, rights, social protection and supports sustainable economic growth. It is a source of dignity and the foundation of peace, social justice, greater equality and is at the heart of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Find out more about how ILO promotes decent work.


  1. Social protection for migrant workers, refugees and their families

    08 November 2021

    4.1 billion individuals worldwide have no access to social protection. This includes millions of migrant workers, refugees, and their families. They face legal and practical challenges to access social protection. Many options exist to secure and maintain social security rights across borders and address the protection gaps, inequalities and discrimination evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Social protection and long term care for an ageing population

    01 October 2021

    The number of people over 70 is projected to rise to 10 per cent of the world’s population by 2050. Social protection is key to ensure older people’s well-being, dignity and rights, while also supporting their families. In addition to pensions, it is essential that better access to adequate long-term care is provided to meet older people’s needs.

  3. Extend social protection to workers in the culture and creative sector

    13 May 2021

    Lockdown measures led to the closure of theatres and cinemas, and the suspension or cancellation of movie, television and music productions. Many workers in the industry lost their jobs and had no social protection to help them. A new ILO study shows that extending social protection to the culture and creative sector is possible.


  1. Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

    01 December 2020

    EU-DEVCO, ILO, UNICEF and Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors joint programme.

  2. Financing gaps in social protection

    17 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the catastrophic impact of the lack of social protection coverage for 4 billion people around the world. Social security is a human right and the acute need for social protection is more evident than ever. However, 55% of the global population is completely unprotected. This is linked to insufficient progress in closing social protection financing gaps. Closing these gaps is both necessary and achievable. With concerted political will, we can make social protection for all a reality.

  3. Social protection a vital part of the pandemic response

    15 July 2020

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder delivers a message to the UNDP High Level Political Forum event on #COVID19 and social protection. Social protection is a vital part of the pandemic response. Yet the majority of people around the world don't have access. Building back better means achieving social protection for all. #USP2030

  4. ILO participates in a webinar on social insurance and pension reform in Egypt

    24 June 2020

    This webinar was hosted by CEDEJ Egypte in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Egypt Office.

  5. Adequate sickness benefits to all

    14 May 2020

    The COVID-19 health crisis revealed important gaps in terms of entitlements to protection in case of sickness. Sickness benefits are an important part of social health protection to ensure access to health care and income security.

  6. COVID-19: Social protection responses to the crisis

    24 April 2020

    The importance of ensuring universal access to social protection systems that meet people’s needs. Social protection systems are an indispensable part of a coordinated policy response to the unfolding crisis, ensuring that people can effectively access health care while supporting job and income security for those most affected. Countries are taking measures to provide comprehensive and adequate benefits to meet people’s needs.

  7. Five ways to include persons with disabilities in COVID-19 responses

    22 April 2020

    The inequalities exacerbating COVID-19’s impact on persons with disabilities are not new. The risk in the response to the current crisis is that persons with disabilities will be left behind once again. The good news is that we already know what works.

  8. The need to scale up investment in health workforces

    03 April 2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis puts pressure on health services across the globe, new data from the ILO’s Department of Statistics highlights the already existing shortages of health workers.