Programmes and projects

The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Asia Pacific focusing on relief and development challenges. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work agenda in each country.

  1. Strengthening Action against Violence and Harassment with Focus on Sexual Harassment in the World of Work in Nepal

    1 July 2020 - 31 December 2021

    Funded by the Government of Japan, the project aims to promote violence and harassment free workplace in the world of work in Nepal in line with ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190).

  2. Immediate UN Response for coherent safeguarding the livelihoods of people made most vulnerable by COVID-19 in Nepal

    1 July - 31 December 2020

    The project is funded by the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF or the Fund) and contributes to government’s early recovery efforts.

  3. Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Sri Lanka

    1 June 2020 - 31 December 2021

    Supported by the Government of Sweden, this programme aims to promote decent work for domestic workers through advocacy to bring domestic workers within the ambit of national labour laws, promote ratification of C189, and to strengthen organisation of domestic workers

  4. Leaving No One Behind in Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response: Technical and Financial Support for the Implementation of the Cash Transfer Scheme for Low-Income Households

    15 May - 30 November 2020

    Funded by UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Funds, the project aims to provide technical and financial support for the implementation of cash transfer scheme in Timor-Leste. UN agencies in Timor-Leste lead by the ILO and UN Women will provide technical support to the Government in designing the most effective, efficient and safe implementation plan for the scheme.

  5. Future of Work in the Philippines: Assessing the impact of technological changes on occupations and sectors

    1 April 2020 - 30 June 2021

    With the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the ILO undertook research and consultations to better understand and measure the impact of technological change in the context of national strategies related to Industry 4.0, in particular the adoption of AI, as regards job disruption, transformation and skills development.

  6. Working for Health in Sri Lanka Project: Phase II

    1 April 2020 - 30 September 2021

    Working for Health is a joint collaboration between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  7. Enhancing Social Protection System: Towards Investments for Results in Nepal

    1 April 2020 - 31 May 2023

    The project is part of the European Union’s global Action on improving synergies between social protection and public finance management (PFM), jointly implemented by the ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), represented in Nepal by We Social Movements (WSM).

  8. Quality apprenticeship and lifelong learning in China

    16 March 2020 - 31 December 2021

    The project aims to collaborate with Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, employers’ and workers’ organizations in China in developing a more responsive skill development system, adapted to labour market changes and technological development, in order to reduce job-skill mismatch highlighted in the labour market need analysis. It consists of three main components: research, capacity building and the adaptation of relevant ILO tools for quality apprenticeship and skill development.

  9. Measurement, Awareness Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP16) Project

    1 March 2020 - 30 September 2021

    The project contributes to the promotion of decent work in Sri Lanka by supporting prevention measures and addressing child labour and its worst forms through new, fit for purpose, targeted approaches.

  10. Extending Social Protection to Herders with Enhanced Shock Responsiveness

    1 February 2020 - 31 January 2022

    Acknowledging high risks herders and rural children faced in being left behind, this UN Joint Programme (UNJP) seeks to support national authorities and provincial governments, in closing the social protection gaps for this population, with a particular concern on its role in reducing their vulnerabilities to poverty and extreme climate change. The ILO, FAO, UNFPA and UNICEF in Mongolia, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator of Mongolia will work closely with the Government of Mongolia, social partners and other relevant stakeholders. The programme results will primarily contribute in achievement of SDG 1.3, 1.5 and 13.1.

  11. Decent Employment for Youth in Cambodia (Phase II)

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2023

    Following remarkable achievements in a two-year initial phase, the “Decent Employment for Youth in Cambodia – DEY” is now implementing its second phase for a period of four years (1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023), with the participation of four United Nations Agencies, including ILO (leading agency), UNESCO, UNICEF and UNIDO and with strategic support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and other funding partners. The programme intends to support young women and men in Cambodia to increasingly obtain decent and productive employment opportunities by ensuring that they are better able to meet labour market demand and are prepared for quality employment.

  12. UN Joint Programme “Leaving no one behind: Establishing the basis for social protection floors in Lao People's Democratic Republic”

    1 January 2020 - 30 June 2022

    The UN Joint Programme will support the Government of Lao People's Democratic Republic to strengthen the national social protection system, through building of national capacities, improvement of public finance management, and piloting of a social assistance programme for pregnant women and new born children.

  13. Trade for Decent Work Project

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022

    This project focuses on the promotion of labour rights and compliance with International Labour Standards ratified by Myanmar

  14. Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste – A Joint EU-UN Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls

    1 January 2020 - 30 June 2022

    The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, which is being funded by the EU and implemented through five UN agencies in Timor- Leste: ILO, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

  15. ILO/China Partnership Programme on Strengthening Skills Development in Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2025

    This project aims to improve employability of workers and increase productivity of enterprises through better quality of employment services, skills development and institutional capacity building.

  16. Towards Fair and Sustainable Global Supply Chains: Promoting Decent Work for Invisible Workers in South Asia – Sri Lanka

    1 December 2019 - 31 March 2022

    The ILO/Japan project “Towards fair and sustainable global supply chains: Promoting formalization and decent work for invisible workers in South Asia” (Sustainable Global Supply Chains in South Asia) aims to contribute to the development of ethical and sustainable global supply chains.

  17. Skills for Prosperity Programme in Malaysia

    29 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    Funded by the United Kingdom government, this project aims to increase national capacity for inclusive economic growth through more productive and equitable skills and TVET systems in order to improve employability, employment opportunities and earning potential of workers in Malaysia.

  18. Skills for Prosperity Programme in Indonesia

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    Funded by the United Kingdom government, this project aims to improve the country’s skills development policies and systems and enhance employability and future-readiness of young women and men including those from disadvantaged groups aspiring to pursue and advance career in the maritime industry.

  19. Skills for Prosperity Programme in the Philippines

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical vocational education and training Systems

  20. Skills for Prosperity in South-East Asia Programme

    1 November 2019 - 31 March 2023

    This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical and vocational education and training systems.