The Sectoral Activities Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.

Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


  1. Policy, Planning and Management of Primary Teachers in Lesotho

    08 December 2005

  2. The Pretoria Declaration on Teachers

    08 December 2005

  3. Teachers for the Future - South Africa

    01 November 2005

  4. National Policy Brief of Nigeria

    01 November 2005

  5. Teachers for the Future: Meeting Teacher Shortages to Achieve Education For All - The Case of Mauritius

    01 November 2005

  6. Action Programme Steering Group Meeting - Discussion document

    22 September 2005

  7. Promoting fair globalization in textiles and clothing in a post-MFA environment. Report TMTC-PMFA/2005

    16 September 2005

    The report presents a picture of the situation, as it stands, a few months after the abolition of quotas in the textile and clothing manufacturing sector. It analyses some lessons and experiences drawn from attempts to develop integrated strategies towards fair globalization in textiles and clothing and suggests some elements that could be incorporated into a Collaborative Agenda for Action where all the actors concerned would have shared responsibilities.

  8. ILO nursing personnel Convention No. 149: recognize their contribution, address their needs

    31 July 2005

    Gives the texts of the ILO Nursing Personnel Convention, 1977 (No. 149) and Nursing Personnel Recommendation, 1977 (No. 157). Explains the addressed issues, and lists the countries that have ratified the Convention. Appends suggestions concerning a practical application of the standards.

  9. Response of the education sector in the Commonwealth Caribbean to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: A preliminary overview

    01 April 2005

  10. Safety and health in ports. ILO code of practice.

    16 February 2005

    This essential code of practice, intended to replace both the second edition of the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Dock Work (1977) and the ILO Guide to Safety and Health in Dock Work (1976), provides valuable advice and assistance to all those charged with the management, operation, maintenance and development of ports and their safety.