Promotion of Decent Work Opportunities for the Economic Empowerment of Vulnerable Segments of Society

Decent Work is a measure to reduce poverty and inequalities in the society. This project proposed three distinct sets of interventions to promote decent work opportunities in Pakistan for vulnerable groups including Child and Bonded Labourers in Brick Kiln Sector, Social Protection; and engaging Pakistani diaspora in Italy.

This is an innovative project to support jobs creation, social protection and promote decent work in Pakistan. It is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation The Project comprises of three main components, including:
(a) strengthening national capacities to effectively eliminate exploitative labour practices (focusing child and bonded labour in brick kiln sector);
(b) promoting coordinated social protection system based on social protection floors concept; and
(c) engaging Pakistani diaspora in Italy for jobs creation and entrepreneurship promotion in Pakistan.

The Project will build upon the previous work done by the ILO and supported by Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC), for elimination of child and bonded labour in Pakistan and will consolidate and replicate previous efforts for sustainability. The project will also support the ongoing work on promoting coordinated social protection system in KP Province and replicate it in other provinces. Likewise, the Project will explore the potential of engaging Pakistani diaspora in Italy for their contribution towards youth employment, entrepreneurship, skills development and other areas of decent work. The main Pakistani partners are Federal and Provincial Governments, Employers’ and Workers’ organizations and selected communities.