Factsheets and briefs


  1. Brief

    A robust regional economy for improved labour market outcomes

    01 April 2017

    Understanding the future of work, as a start, requires a review of broad historical trends. While trends are heterogeneous across countries and time, they do provide a baseline from which to compare the development pathways of countries and regions.

  2. Brief

    Social protection in a changing World of Work: Towards a future with social protection for all in the Arab States

    01 April 2017

    This note looks at the ways in which social protection systems in the Arab States will be affected by technological, emographic, economic and environmental changes that are taking place in the world of work. It then examines the key issues as well as the challenges and opportunities which need to be taken into account in future debates, bearing in mind the already existing social protection deficits in the region.

  3. Brief

    Achieving Gender Equality in the Arab Region amidst the Changing World of Work

    01 April 2017

    Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are critical ingredients to the realization of economic growth and sustainable development.


  1. Booklet

    Towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A summary of the ILO’s interventions 2013-2016

    19 December 2016

    In line with the ultimate Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8 (Gender Equality and Decent Work and Economic Growth, respectively), the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been active in promoting women’s legal, social and economic empowerment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) through a series of tripartite interventions that involve government, employers and workers at the policy and institutional levels, as well as the grassroots levels.

  2. Technical brief

    Livelihood interventions for women in Gaza

    19 December 2016

    In response to the devastating situation in Gaza, the International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented a response programme in 2015 to support the most vulnerable communities by providing immediate income support and skills training, with a particular focus on women, youth and people with disabilities.

  3. Policy brief

    Towards Gender Justice in Higher Education Institutions Piloting ILO’s Participatory Gender Audit tool at Birzeit University

    19 December 2016

    Between 2013 and 2015, the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), carried out a Participatory Gender Audit to map the institutional gender gaps and highlight the different patterns and forms of discrimination facing women at the university.

  4. Policy brief

    Exploring the gender pay gap in Occupied Palestinian Territory: A qualitative study of the education sector

    19 December 2016

    This research study explores the causes of the Gender Pay Gap (GPG) between men and women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), focusing on the education sector as an example.

  5. Policy brief

    Findings of the Assessment of Service, Consumer and Handicraft Cooperatives in the West Bank: Challenges and Opportunities

    19 December 2016

    This policy brief presents concrete strategies to improve the challenging situation that workers face in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) by exploring how service, consumer and handicraft cooperatives in the West Bank can be strengthened.

  6. Publication

    W4Y Occupied Palestinian Territory country summary

    15 December 2016

  7. Publication

    W4Y Lebanon country summary

    15 December 2016

  8. Publication

    W4Y Jordan country summary

    15 December 2016

  9. Briefing note

    ILO Technical Cooperation Programme in Yemen

    14 December 2016

    Since the onset of the 2015 conflict in Yemen, ILO in Yemen has been collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme with the aim to create post conflict employment , income generation and reintegration.

  10. Briefing note

    Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan National Dialogue on the Future of Work

    21 October 2016

    The Jordan national dialogue on the Future of Work, which brings together tripartite and social partners, as well UN agencies, academic institutions, private sector and experts in respective fields, will focus on the following thematic areas: managing demographic transition; maintaining social stability in the context of massive population displacement; managing technological change; and managing the employment impact of climate change.

  11. Briefing note

    Progress and potential: Better Work Jordan

    28 September 2016

    This brief provides a quick facts and key highlights from an independent impact assessment of the Better Work Jordan programme.

  12. Briefing note

    Decent work for domestic workers: Achievements since the adoption of Convention C189

    14 June 2016

    On 16 June 2011, workers, employers and governments came together to adopt ILO Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers. In the last five years since its adoption, some 70 countries around the world have taken action to advance decent work for domestic workers. These measures represent the first steps in a long path to redress a history of exclusion; making decent work a reality for domestic workers though will require sustained attention to ensure real progress.

  13. Infographics

    Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum in the Middle East and North Africa

    27 January 2016

    Data on women in management positions exclusively in the private sector is scarce globally and in the MENA region in particular.

  14. Factsheet

    The ILO in Iraq

    20 January 2016

    This Country Leaflet gives an overview of ILO activities in Iraq. It summarizes the ILO’s history in the country, and outlines the work undertaken by the ILO in cooperation with the government and social partners on a wide range of work and workplace issues.


  1. Brief

    Protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers

    16 July 2015

    This brief on protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers reflects good practices and lessons learned from the Arab Region on the subject.

  2. Briefing note

    The Syrian refugee crisis: Food sector promotion for urban refugees in Egypt Project proposal

    13 May 2015

  3. Briefing note

    The Syrian refugee crisis: Employment-Intensive Infrastructure Investment and Environmental Protection Irbid and Mafraq, Jordan - Concept note

    13 May 2015