Projects and programmes

The ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries operates a wide range of programmes and projects to support implementation of the Decent Work agenda in Pacific Island member states.


  1. Enhancing protection and empowerment of migrants and communities affected by climate change and disasters in the Pacific region (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji)

    1 February 2019 - 31 January 2022

    The projects overall goal is to contribute towards the protection and empowerment of communities that are adversely affected by or at‐risk of being affected by climate change and disasters in the Pacific region, focusing specifically on climate change‐related migration, displacement and planned relocation.


  1. Inclusive Economic Recovery through Sustainable Enterprises in the Informal Economies of Fiji, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu

    1 October 2020 - 29 November 2021

    This ILO led UN joint project is a COVID-19 recovery project funded by UN Secretary General’s Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). Targeting informal sector enterprises and workers in the creative industries and the agriculture sector, the project is implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

  2. Increased capacities of employers’ and workers’ organizations to participate effectively in the development of social and labour policy (Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu)

    1 February 2019 - 1 February 2021

    This project, “Building bipartite social dialogue and action to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) achievement, and especially the just transition to environmental sustainability through Decent Work”, responds to mitigating the impact that climate change induced disasters have on achieving Decent Work and SDGs.


  1. Supporting the transition of workers. A Samoan Case Study (Yazaki)

    1 May - 31 December 2017

    The overall objective of this ILO project is to strengthening existing national employment and social protection services to support the transition of 671 workers (men:38% and women:62%.) to secure alternative employment and livelihoods, preferably in the formal sector.

  2. TACKLE FIJI: Tackling Child Labour through Education in Fiji Phase 2

    1 March 2015 - 1 March 2017

    The purpose of TACKLE is to strengthen capacity of the national and local authorities in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of policies to fight child labour, in coordination with social partners and civil society.


  1. Tropical Cyclone Winston - ILO programmes and activities in Fiji

    4 March - 31 December 2016

    Highlighting ILO's working in Disaster preparedness and response in Fiji

  2. Implementing Occupational Safety and Health Legislation in Papua New Guinea

    1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016

    This project specifically focuses on further building the national capacities to implement OSH legislation. This work is a continuation of the ILO’s commitment to providing technical support for labour law reform and its implementation in PNG.

  3. Improving the performance of labour markets in the pacific

    1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016

    The objective of the joint ADB/ILO collaboration under the Technical Assistance (TA) is to support labour market policies and programs in participating Pacific Island countries (Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea) that are more evidence-based, collaboratively determined and gender focused.

  4. Enhancing the Capacity of Pacific Island Countries to Address the Impacts of Climate Change on Migration

    1 June 2013 - 1 June 2016

    The ILO works with partners to provide technical assistance and build the capacity of its constituents to protect migrant workers and manage migration flows effectively. Recently, the ILO, in partnership with ESCAP and UNDP, successfully secured $5 million in EC funding to enhance the capacity of Pacific Island Countries (Nauru, Kiribati, and Tuvalu) to address the impacts of climate change on migration through well-managed, rights based migration schemes and policy frameworks supported by comprehensive knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the Pacific Islands Region.

  5. Enhanced labour market outcomes in Fiji through a better job information service

    1 February 2015 - 1 January 2016

    Through the ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific, this project seeks to supplement the ongoing ILO/ADB collaboration on employment diagnostics in Fiji by strengthening the job information service in Fiji through the development of an employment projections model.


  1. Samoa National Action Plan on Youth Employment (SNAPonYE)

    1 November 2014 - 31 December 2015

    This project builds on the existing ILO support to Samoa. The Samoan Government has mainstreamed employment creation in its Strategy for Development (2012-16) and it has prioritized youth employment in the National Youth Policy (2011-15). The new DWCP (2013-16) identifies as one of three priorities that: “Young women and men have greater access to information and employment services to support their transitions from school to work”.

  2. The Solomon Islands Human Security project

    1 May 2012 - 15 October 2015

    The goal of the initiative is to enhance human security for the selected communities and ex-combatants in the Solomon Islands by reducing tensions and promoting peaceful and sustainable measures for their survival and dignity.

  3. The Solomon Islands Human Security project

    1 May 2012 - 15 October 2015

    The goal of the initiative is to enhance human security for the selected communities and ex-combatants in the Solomon Islands by reducing tensions and promoting peaceful and sustainable measures for their survival and dignity.

  4. Vanuatu - Cyclone Pam - ILO response

    31 March - 30 June 2015

    ILO to coordinate and implement technical assistance as part of the national recovery and reconstruction phase in Vanuatu - Post Cyclone Pam

  5. Pacific Enable

    17 October 2012 - 30 June 2015

    The “Pacific Enable” project is the product of a joint UN collaboration between ILO, UNICEF, WHO, UNESCAP, UNV, the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The two-year initiative (2013-2014), with funding provided by the United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and targets persons with disabilities in Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands.

  6. Enhancing the capacity of Pacific Island countries to address the impacts of climate change on migration

    1 June 2013 - 1 June 2015

    Building on its mission to improve the capacity of constituents to protect migrant workers and enhance the management of migration, the ILO, in partnership with ESCAP and UNDP, is working on a project to develop the ability of Pacific Island countries to address the impacts of climate change on migration through well-managed, rights-based migration schemes and policy frameworks, supported by comprehensive research and knowledge building.

  7. Supporting the definition and extension of a social protection floor (SPF) in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands

    1 December 2013 - 30 April 2015

    The project aims to support Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to develop progressively comprehensive social protection systems. The Social Protection Floor (SPF) Recommendation provides guidance to member countries in building nationally defined social protection floors which aim at providing health care and minimum income security throughout the life cycle.


  1. Strengthening Capacity to Implement Australia's Seasonal Worker Program in Papua New Guinea and Nauru

    1 September 2013 - 1 December 2014

    Seasonal migration schemes, currently in place between selected Pacific Island countries and Australia and New Zealand respectively, are a valuable opportunity for Pacific Island countries to address unemployment, improve skills development amongst their citizens and stimulate growth through remitted earnings. Given that the schemes target unskilled workers, these programs have the potential to achieve developmental impacts for both workers and the communities and provinces they come from. Papua New Guinea and Nauru, as more recent entrants to the Australian Seasonal Worker Program, face various challenges in ensuring that institutions are in place to market, prepare and reintegrate seasonal workers. This project was aimed at addressing these challenges, helping to ensure that workers are prepared and protected to participate in seasonal migration, and improve management and visibility of the schemes so that employers are more likely to engage workers in future.

  2. Pacific Growth and Employment Project

    25 November 2012 - 25 November 2014

    The project supports industry led action plans that enhance economic growth, deliver skills development and employment opportunities for youth, and sustainable and decent jobs for local workers.

  3. Labour Governance & Migration

    1 June 2012 - 1 June 2014

    This multi-country technical cooperation project has two main components: strengthening labour market governance and improving the development impact of labour migration.