Programmes and projects

The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Pakistan. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work Agenda.


  1. The Elimination of Child Labour and Promotion of Decent Work in the Stora Enso Value Chain, with a Focus on Pakistan

    1 April 2015 - 31 December 2017

    In order to strengthen its global policy and efforts to promote decent work and progressively eliminate child labour in its value chain in Pakistan, Stora Enso (SE) entered a public-private partnership agreement with the ILO.


  1. Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)

    15 March 2010 - 31 October 2016

    In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and development (DFATD)-Canada, the ILO in Pakistan is implementing the largest Gender Project in South Asia which aims to improve gender equality in the world of work. The project is premised on ILO’s conviction that, gender equality in the world of work is a fundamental matter of human rights, social justice and is instrumental in achieving social and economic development goals.The project has three main objectives which include strengthening national mechanisms to promote equal employment and opportunities for women, enhance skills and employability of women in rural and urban areas of selected districts and strengthen the capacity of the media to raise awareness on issues related to working women in both the formal and informal economy.

  2. Promoting the Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia through Actions on Labour Market Information, Protection during Recruitment and Employment, Skills and Development Impact

    1 June 2013 - 30 September 2016

    The project aims to promote the management of labour migration from South Asia, to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce irregular flows.

  3. Increasing productivity and competitiveness through labour law compliance in Pakistan’s textile sector

    1 February 2015 - 30 June 2016

    In partnership with Pakistan Textiles Exporters Association (PTEA), the ILO is providing technical support in promoting Labour Law Compliance in Textile Sector in Faisalabad for better productivity and competitiveness. The 3 years long project will provide support to 280 factories and will focus on institutionalising a monitoring and reporting mechanism at the industry association level and providing enterprise level support in developing workplace improvement policies and programmes. The project will closely work with tripartite supervisory bodies at federal, provincial and district levels, international buyers/sourcing community and other stakeholders.

  4. Extending Social Protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province through Building a Social Protection Floor within the Framework of a Social Protection Policy

    1 May 2013 - 30 June 2016

    In partnership with the Japan Social Safety Net Asia and the Pacific (JSSNP), the ILO in Pakistan is working closely with the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to develop and pilot a Social Protection Floor targeting the 27 million inhabitants of the province, of which 39 per cent live below the poverty datum line and are in need of basic social transfers and social services (health, education, food distribution, shelters, etc.). This will be achieved through Capacity Strengthening initiatives of key policy makers and ILO’s Social Partners, development of a provincial Social Protection Policy guided by Recommendation 202 -concerning National Floors of Social Protection, Analytical Research to generate evidence on existing initiatives related to strategic gaps and implementation issues, and the development of a broader approach to advocacy and awareness on Social Protection.

  5. Support to Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PCMEA) for Establishing a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab

    1 July 2014 - 30 June 2016

    In partnership with the Pakistan Carpet Manufactures and Exporters Association (PCMEA), the ILO in Pakistan has revived it’s Private Public Partnership with the Association to provide technical assistance for the establishment of a Carpet Weaving Training Institute in Punjab province. The main objective of the project is to introduce workers in that sector to new skills and designs to reposition Pakistan in the international market. This will be achieved through training needs assessments as well as establishing a framework under which the institute will be established. The cooperation between the ILO and PCMEA is based on a successful partnership built during a previous project to combat child labour in the carpet industry.

  6. Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in Sindh province

    1 February 2013 - 30 June 2016

    With funding from the Human Security Trust Fund (UN-HSTF), the ILO in Pakistan is implementing a UN Joint Program on livelihood restoration in collaboration with FAO and UN Women in the Province of Sindh. This project was designed in response to the July 2010 monsoon rains which flooded a significant part of Pakistan with Sindh Province being hardest hit. The UN Joint program aims to restore and protect the livelihoods of the vulnerable rural population in Sindh by improving their on-farm productive capacities and off-farm income generating activities.

  7. Strengthening capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work focusing child labour, bonded labour and informal economy workers

    1 May 2015 - 30 April 2016


  1. Strengthened capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work in the textiles and garment sector in Pakistan

    1 July 2014 - 30 September 2015

    The project complements the efforts of the ILO in Pakistan to strengthen the capacity of constituents to address unacceptable forms of work in garment sector. Subsequently, improving ILS ratification, application and compliance level through better labour administration and legislative reform.

  2. Employable Skills for Improved Livelihoods of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from North Waziristan Agency

    1 October 2014 - 31 May 2015

    In response to the request of the Government of Pakistan for support on humanitarian grounds, the UN system in Pakistan initiated a relief and rehabilitation operation for the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from NWA.


  1. Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Employment, Education & Training (EET)

    15 September 2010 - 31 December 2013

    Since the 2005 World Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, international and national leaders have agreed that if their countries are to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development they need to ensure full and productive employment and decent work for all.

  2. Strengthening Law Enforcement Responses and Actions against Internal Trafficking and Bonded Labour in Sindh & Punjab Provinces, Pakistan

    1 October 2010 - 30 September 2013

    This project will contribute to the elimination of bonded labour and to address the needs of bonded laborers and their families in Pakistan.

  3. Combating Abusive Child Labour II

    1 April 2008 - 30 April 2013

    This project contributes to the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate child labour, including its worst forms (WFCL).


  1. Towards Gender Parity in Pakistan Project (TGP)

    1 July 2009 - 31 December 2011

    The ILO in partnership with 14 other UN agencies started this joint project to ensure equal access to decent work and productive employment for women and men is essential as a sustainable way out of poverty.

  2. Pakistan Earthquake Child Labour Response Project (PECLR)

    10 May 2007 - 30 April 2011

    A four-year initiative developed as a response to technically assist the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to address the issue of child labour in affected areas resulting from the devastating earthquake of 8 October 2005 in which a large number of school going children have been left without schools, teachers and teaching supplies.


  1. Combating Child Labour through Education and Training (CCLET)

    1 April 1999 - 31 December 2010

    Aims to contribute to the elimination of the worst form of child labour in Pakistan by 2016.

  2. Activating Media to Combat Worst Forms of Child Labour in Pakistan (Phase II)

    1 August 2006 - 31 December 2010

    Aims to contribute to national efforts towards reducing and effectively eliminating worst forms of child labour in the country.

  3. Mainstreaming Decent Work through One-UN

    1 January - 31 December 2010

    Aims to support the One-UN programme by enhancing its relevance and effectiveness. The project has three main components contributing to different Joint Program Components of Delivering As One.

  4. Promoting the Elimination of Bonded Labour in Pakistan (PEBLIP)

    1 March 2007 - 30 April 2010

    Amongst the variations of forced labour, the most prevalent form that exists in Pakistan is debt bondage. Economic sectors with incidences of bonded labour are brick kilns, agriculture, domestic service, construction and others.

  5. Women Employment Concerns and Working Conditions (WEC-PK)

    1 March 2005 - 31 March 2010

    A national project adopting the ILO Decent Work Agenda aimed at enhancing the quantity and quality of women’s employment in Pakistan by working with key ILO’s constituents: government, workers' organizations, employers’ organizations and civil society.