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. 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.


  1. Combating Child Labour in the Carpet Industry (Phase II)

    9 January 2002 - 30 September 2009

    Aims to provide non-formal education, mainstreaming, and pre-vocational education to about 23,000 carpet weaving children and their siblings, and access to micro credit to 2,000 poorest carpet weaving households.

  2. Capacity Enhancement of Ministry of Labour through Establishment of Labour Market Information and Analysis Unit

    1 July 2006 - 1 July 2009

    In order to address the short comings of the existing Labour Market Information System (LMIS) of the Labour and Manpower Division, a Labour Market Information and Analysis Unit has been established to provide up-to-date and timely Labour Market Information and Analysis that will serve as an input into the formulation and monitoring of labour and employment policies. The project is being implemented with the assistance of UNDP and ILO.

  3. Community Based Livelihoods Recovery Project (CBLRP)

    1 April 2006 - 30 April 2009

    A joint initiative of four UN agencies including ILO, FAO, UNDP and UNIDO to promote community-based livelihoods.


  1. Supporting the National Time-Bound Programme (TBP) on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in Pakistan

    1 September 2003 - 30 September 2008

    During 2003-2008, ILO implemented its flag-ship Project of Support to the National Time-bound Programme on the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (TBP Project). It was a major project that made both policy level and district and community level interventions to build capacity of ILO’s tri-partite constituents on the issue of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL).


  1. Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE)

    3 September 2002 - 30 September 2007

    A project based on community based skills training launched in Mardan, Malakand and Attock in NWFP and Punjab.


  1. Preventing and Eliminating Exploitative Child Domestic Work in South Asia

    1 March 2004 - 30 September 2006

    In April 2001, under the IPEC core action programmes, an initiative was launched in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education, to address the issue of Child Domestic Labour (CDL) in Pakistan, under the Ministry’s programme to assist children in especially difficult circumstances.

  2. Combating Hazardous and Exploitative Child Labour in Surgical Instruments Manufacturing (Phase II)

    1 July 2003 - 1 July 2006

    The project aimed to withdraw children from surgical instruments manufacturing; prevent their entry into surgical instruments manufacturing; and provide appropriate rehabilitation, prevention, and protection to the children and families targeted by the programme. The project also strengthened the capacity of social partners (employers' and workers' organizations) to prevent and progressively eliminate child labour in the surgical instruments industry.