Resources on Care Economy


    Why measuring unpaid domestic and care work matters

    27 October 2023

    Every day, more than 16 billion hours are devoted to unpaid domestic and care work around the world. As global populations age, these figures are set to rise, and quantifying unpaid domestic and care work is critical to understanding labour under-utilisation, employment trends, and gender-based inequalities.

  2. © Russell Watkins / DFID 2024

    Childcare policy

    Closing childcare policy gaps offers high return on investment

    26 October 2023

    There is a compelling social investment and gender equality case for transforming childcare policies so that they universally and effectively cover children from birth until the start of mandatory primary education, new ILO research has found.

  3. © Sam Phelps/UNICEF Sierra Leone 2024


    Should we treat the care economy as an investment or a cost?

    26 October 2023

    Demand for care already outstrips supply and is expected to increase significantly in the future. Now, new ILO research suggests that spending on care – particularly childcare – could bring a return on investment of more than 3-to-1.

  4. © Monty Rakusen/Cultura Creative 2024

    International Conference of Labour Statisticians

    Data: A common language for the world of work

    16 October 2023

    Without accurate data, labour market decisions cannot be taken says Rafael Diez de Medina, Chief Statistician and Director of the ILO Department of Statistics.

  5. © ILO/Gita Lingga 2024

    Care economy

    Quality, affordable childcare services are key to gender equality in labour market

    10 October 2023

    The ILO continues to support the development of Indonesia’s Road Map and Action Plan on Care Economy by organizing the fourth stakeholder meeting with a focus on childcare services.

  6. Meeting document

    Room document 7: Measurement of unpaid domestic and care work

    22 September 2023

    Room document for 21st ICLS

  7. Meeting document

    Room document 8: Statistical definitions of care work

    22 September 2023

    Room document for 21st ICLS

  8. News

    Indonesia identifies seven strategic issues for its Road Map and Action Plan on Care Economy

    22 September 2023

    The ILO supports the development of Indonesia’s Road Map and Action Plan on Care Economy, led by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA), through a series of consultative meetings.

  9. Video

    Gilbert F. Houngbo, ILO Director General’s video message delivered at Women Deliver preconference 2023

    11 September 2023

    Large-scale investment in care policies could be transformative. We must teach ourselves to see care as an investment, said the ILO DG in a pre-conference on the care economy ´Strengthening Care Policies and Intersectional Movements for Care Justice´ organized at Women Deliver 2023 on 16 July 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda.

  10. News

    The ILO holds meeting on care provision through cooperatives with global and country level updates

    01 September 2023

    On Wednesday, August 23rd, The ILO’s Cooperatives, Social and Solidarity Economy Unit (COOP/SSE) and the Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Branch came together with 27 ILO colleagues from headquarters and the field to discuss progress on the initiative Cooperative Care Provision as a Gender-Transformative Decent Work Solution, initially launched in March 2023.