News and articles


  1. Making Migration Safe and Fair for Women Workers

    11 December 2020

    Women play a central role in Myanmar society and its economic development and it is our hope that together we can ensure that the contributions of Myanmar’s migrant women – home and abroad – are applauded, recognised and acknowledged, and that we create conducive environments for these strong and ambitious women to seek safe opportunities for themselves and their families.

  2. Safety first: Adapting the ILO’s child labour response in the face of COVID-19

    01 December 2020

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Selim Benaissa’s first thought was of vulnerable children. As the ILO’s Chief Technical Advisor for the Myanmar Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, he has seen firsthand that poverty is a major factor driving high rates of child labour in the country – a problem that affects one in every 11 under-18-year-olds.

  3. Promoting responsible business practices in Myanmar. An ILO/EU press release

    24 November 2020

    A high-level conference on policy options for promoting responsible investment in Myanmar convened online with senior government officials and business leaders for discussions on investment policy, and the role of responsible business conduct in attracting quality investment to Myanmar.

  4. Discussing opportunities to improve occupational safety and health in myanmar’s construction sector

    23 November 2020

    Meeting with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Construction to discuss opportunities for improvement of occupational and health in the construction sector in the country.

  5. Turning the tide against child labour – for Khin’s sake

    03 November 2020

    More than a million Myanmar pupils returned to the classroom in late July but a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks has forced schools to close again. Selim Benaissa, Chief Technical Advisor at the International Labour Organization (ILO), shifts the focus to those left behind – the one in 11 children trapped in child labour across the country – those who have had to drop out of school even before the pandemic. In the midst of a worsening health and economic crisis, is there still hope in the horizon for them?

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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.

  7. New Zealand and ILO launch NZ$ 3 million project for remittance dependent communities in South-Eastern Myanmar to cope with COVID 19 impacts on livelihoods

    06 October 2020

    Responding to the unprecedented crisis and pressing needs created by COVID-19 outbreak in Myanmar particularly in disaster and conflict-affected areas, the New Zealand Aid Programme and International Labour Organisation (ILO) technical team in Myanmar are launching a new project to provide livelihoods support to returned migrants and remittance dependent communities in South-Eastern Myanmar; one of the most vulnerable places along the border.

  8. ILO, through the EU supported Safe and Fair Programme, opens two new Migrant Worker Resource Centres

    11 September 2020

    The ILO, through Safe and Fair Programme, under the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MOLIP) opened the Aung Lan Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) on August 14th and the Loikaw Migrant Resource Centre on September 1st. Both MRCs are located in the local Labour Exchange Offices of MOLIP

  9. It takes a village: The community saving scheme transforming children’s lives in Myanmar

    01 September 2020

    It was in 2017, in a small village in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar, that 45-year-old Naw Thawri’s life took a terrible turn. Her husband passed away and she found herself alone – a widow with four children and no source of income to support her family.

  10. After COVID-19: A stronger Myanmar through responsible business practices

    28 August 2020

    A conference on the impact of the pandemic and opportunities to build stronger, more resilient businesses has taken place online