News

March 2020

  1. ILO and SDC launch new programme to protect migrant workers in vulnerable situations in the Arab States, with a focus on workers from Africa

    30 March 2020

    The FAIRWAY Programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by ILO, responds to the need to ensure decent work for migrant workers, including in sectors where they are at high risk of exploitation, such as in domestic work, construction and hospitality, and will support interregional collaboration between countries in Africa and the Middle East.

  2. Kuwait pledges additional funds to support ILO interventions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    17 March 2020

    A new contribution from the Kuwait representation in Geneva of US$ 500,000 will help ILO promote decent work and social justice for Palestinian women and men.

  3. ILO opens its first coordination office in Baghdad

    10 March 2020

    The office will allow the ILO to expand its work to promote employment opportunities and decent work principles, as part of post-conflict reconstruction.

  4. ILO and Lebanon Ministry of Labour to host national dialogue on reforming Kafala

    09 March 2020

    Stakeholders will take part in a national consultation to discuss short and long-term measures to ensure decent work for migrant workers in Lebanon.

February 2020

  1. ILO Regional Director Jaradat welcomes Lebanon’s Minister of Labour Yammine at the ILO’s regional headquarters

    28 February 2020

    The visit was the first by the newly-appointed minister to the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut.

  2. FAIRWAY collaboration with the International Domestic Workers’ Federation leads to strengthened domestic workers’ association in Kuwait

    26 February 2020

    Since 2017, the FAIRWAY Programme has been supporting the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) to empower domestic workers in Kuwait through organizing, and has led to the establishment of the Sandigan Kuwait Domestic Workers Association (SKDWA) in the Philippines community, as well as outreach to African communities.

January 2020

  1. A Cooperative Support Programme in the OPT is launched with support from the Italian Government

    31 January 2020

    The Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has pledged to provide support to the ILO for the creation of a cooperative system and social entrepreneurship as vehicles from inclusive and sustainable development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt).

  2. New tool helps employers protect construction workers in the Middle East

    23 January 2020

    The ILO and the International Organisation of Employers launch a new guidance tool to help construction companies in the Middle East expand protection of workers, including migrant workers who make up the vast majority of the sector’s manual labourers.

  3. © Chor Sokunthea / World Bank 2020

    Insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people, new ILO report shows

    20 January 2020

    A lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work, according to the latest edition of the ILO’s global report on employment and social trends.

  4. Exit permits consigned to history for almost all migrant workers in Qatar

    16 January 2020

    New legislation enters into force removing the exit permit for workers not covered by earlier changes