Library / documentation center

The Employment Sector Information and Documentation centre offers ILO Officials both at Headquarters and the field, ILO constituents, journalists, students and others a range of services to meet your information needs.

This includes access to the Sector's free publications, research assistance, loans from the Employment Sector's or the ILO Library's collection, guidance on how to use information resources and on-line research tools effectively. The Centre also organises displays of its own as well as other ILO publications during special events.

Recent publications

  1. Publication

    The feasibility of using big data in anticipating and matching skills needs

    28 October 2020

  2. Publication

    Employment effects in impact investments

    26 October 2020

    As part of the Joint ILO-EU STRENGHTEN Project, the ILO conducted two studies on the employment effects of impact investments, with a focus on the cashew value chain in Tanzania and a financial institution supporting smallholder schemes in Zimbabwe. The across case analysis concludes that the investments triggered not only an increase in employment numbers, but also improved skills of the labour force, management systems of the investee companies, and labour practices. The findings are geared at informing the development of the EU’s External Investment Plan.

  3. Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) Technical Brief

    Public Employment Programmes (PEPs)

    20 October 2020

    Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) are publicly financed and government-implemented long-term investment programmes that directly create employment through productive activities with a high labour intensity, rather than through the expansion of civil services. These interventions share the primary objective of providing employment for workers who are unable to support themselves due to a shortage of market-based employment opportunities. These programmes may also be financed and implemented by donor agencies, in collaboration with a government. The ILO’s Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) provides technical guidance to governments in the design and implementation of PEPs, and this note explains how.

  4. Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) Technical Brief

    Local resource-based (LRB) approaches and community infrastructure

    20 October 2020

    In developing and maintaining community infrastructure, the EIIP promotes the use of LRB approaches. LRB approaches optimize the use of local resources, including local labour and technologies, as well as locally available materials, tools and equipment through local suppliers. This EIIP technical brief illustrates practical applications of LRB approaches.

  5. Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) Technical Brief

    Green works

    20 October 2020

    Green works refer to physical activities for the development and maintenance of infrastructure, ecosystems or community assets that have an overall positive environmental impact. This EIIP technical brief demonstrates how green works have a great potential to tackle environmental challenges at the same time as to create employment through their labour-intensive approach.

  6. Employment-Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) Technical Brief

    Small-scale contractor development in the construction sector

    20 October 2020

    The ILO has contributed to building and improving the capacity of both the public and private sectors involved in infrastructure development. Through its experience in over 70 countries, the ILO has identified a number of strategies and actions to better involve small-scale contractors in labour-based works to develop the construction industry. This technical brief will explain how the ILO has supported the capacity development of small-scale and emerging local contractors.

  7. Joint ILO/WWF publication

    NATURE HIRES: How Nature-based Solutions can power a green jobs recovery

    12 October 2020

    Combining expertise on nature and employment, this joint World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - ILO publication maps out the societal challenges where nature-based solutions can be effective, how they support job creation and how they have been used, providing evidence and examples as to how they integrally support the achievement of the SDGs and a sustainable response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  8. Publication

    Guide and digital interactive assessment tool on Making TVET and skills development inclusive for all

    05 October 2020

    The guide aims to help skills decision-makers and practitioners assess to what extent their TVET system is currently excluding certain individuals or groups, identifies underlying reasons, and provides practical ideas on what could be done to redress inequalities.