1. Employment Injury Insurance – The Workers Compensation Fund in Tanzania

    23 August 2016

    Employment injury benefit schemes, providing benefits in cash and in kind in cases of work-related accidents and occupational disease, constitute the oldest branch of social security in many countries. The ILO has estimated that, worldwide, more than 2.3 million people die from work-related accidents or diseases each year. Employment injuries and work-related diseases cause the deaths of 6,300 workers per day around the world.

  2. I contribute, therefore I benefit from social security

    20 January 2016

    This video is part of the International Labour Organization awareness raising campaign on the informal economy and undeclared work in Moldova.


  1. Social Protection and Human Rights Platform Launch

    12 July 2015

    Former human rights and extreme poverty Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda explains the rationale and history behind this platform.

  2. Luis Beccaria on income stability and social protection

    09 July 2015

    Luis Alberto Beccaria, professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, explores the impact of a broad informal economy on income stability and how social protection mechanisms can bring decent jobs for all.

  3. Mongolia - Why social protection is important to me?

    15 May 2015

    The video shows how social protection is important to the people in Mongolia especially on health, income, decent work opportunities, and education.

  4. A Legacy of Rana Plaza: making employment injury insurance a reality for all

    24 April 2015

    Workers who were victims of Rana Plaza were uninsured and intensive efforts to compensate them had to be made after the fact. The ILO says the accident is a wake-up call to establish national employment injury insurance so all workers are protected when accidents happen.

  5. Professor Jose Antonio Ocampo on Universal Social Protection

    12 January 2015

    Professor José Antonio Ocampo, former UN Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs and Minister of Finance of Colombia, joined the Campaign on social protection floors as Special Adviser on Social Protection. He makes a strong call for universal social protection as a sound social and economic policy.

  6. Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Universal Social Protection

    12 January 2015

    Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has joined the Campaign on social protection floors as Special Adviser on Social Protection. In his powerful and human message, he urges action and calls for universal social protection.


  1. Access to social protection enables people living with HIV to keep jobs

    01 July 2014

    A new ILO study shows social protection is essential for people living with HIV to keep their jobs and follow their treatment. Representatives of international and civil society organizations came together at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva for the launch of the report: "ACCESS to and EFFECTS of social protection on workers living with HIV and their households: An analytical report".

  2. The benefits of social protection for those living with HIV

    01 July 2014

    "Access to social protection enables people living with HIV to keep their jobs, keep their children in school and access anti-retroviral treatment" says Alice Ouedraogo, Chief of the ILO's HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS), which has produced the new report: "ACCESS to and EFFECTS of social protection on workers living with HIV and their households: An analytical report".

  3. Social protection is key to reducing inequality and poverty

    03 June 2014

    Since 2010 many countries' governments have reduced investment in social protection measures just when they are needed most, says Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Social Protection department at the ILO. A new ILO report: "World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice", shows that social protection floors are affordable, however, and can have a significant impact on reducing inequalities and poverty. (Closed Captions available)

  4. Rana Plaza: Never again

    23 April 2014

    One year after the global garment industry's worst-ever industrial accident, the International Labour Organization together with the government of Bangladesh, employers, trade unions and the international community are working together to make sure it never happens again. More than 1,100 people died and more than 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in 2013. It was a wake up call heard around the world, and significant steps are being taken to address the root causes of the Rana Plaza disaster to ensure Bangladesh's garment industry can provide jobs in a safe working environment for its employees.


  1. Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. ILO DG opening remarks.

    17 June 2013

    A video message by the ILO Director General, Mr Guy Ryder, at the opening ceremony of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. Mr Ryder underlined the critical importance of decent work for health workers as well as the implementation of the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No 202) for achieving universal health coverage.

  2. Why is social protection important to me?

    17 June 2013

    Public Service Announcement on the Social Protection Floor in Thailand

  3. Employment and social protection in the new demographic context

    14 June 2013

    Demographic change including population ageing is a universal trend in all countries. Delegates at the 102nd International Labour Conference are discussing the implications of this new demographic context on the labour market and social security systems.


  1. Cambodia's Employment Injury Insurance Fund

    25 July 2012

    Cambodian workers who are injured at work or in transit to their workplace now benefit from a government-run system of insurance thanks to an ILO/Korea Partnership project. The National Social Security Fund is a worker compensation scheme that is self-sufficient and overseen by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. When a claim is approved, the fund provides in-kind and cash benefits regardless of whether the individual is able to return to full-time employment.

  2. Thailand: a healthy society is a productive society

    11 June 2012

    In the ongoing global economic crisis, the need for a "social protection floor" giving everyone access to basic social rights, services and facilities is even more urgent. The tripartite constituents at the ILO's 2012 International Labour Conference are discussing a set of guidelines for building social protection floors. But individual countries are already proving it can work. Thailand's universal health care scheme is based on the idea that only a healthy society can be a productive society.

  3. Juan Somavia says social protection will be indispensable in moving towards models of growth

    09 May 2012


  1. A Social Protection Floor for All

    27 October 2011

    Social protection floor" (SPF) gives everyone access to basic social rights, services and facilities. and is even more urgent during times of economic crisis. The United Nations, led by the ILO and the WHO, has launched a global initiative to promote social protection for all. Individual countries are already taking the steps to make it happen, and are proving it can work, even in tough economic times.

  2. Namibia: Delivering Pensions to Remote Communities

    02 June 2011

    In Namibia the government has found an innovative way to deliver its universal pension scheme to elderly people living in remote rural areas: a public private partnership that has seen pension money distributed using vehicles equipped with cash machines and a biometric recognition system. Nearly all elderly people over the age of 60 are now able to access their pension payment; money which is going a long way to alleviate poverty in Namibia.