The ILO Country Office for Pakistan publishes a wide range of books, reports and working papers relevant to Pakistan. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested in hard copy from the ILO Library in Islamabad.


  1. COVID-19: Protect yourself and others

    11 March 2020

  2. Review of law, policy and practice of recruitment of migrant workers in Pakistan

    11 March 2020

    This review provides an overview of legislative and policy frameworks concerning recruitment of migrant workers in Pakistan. The review identifies gaps in relation to the ILO General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment, and proposes recommendations for ensuring fair recruitment.

  3. Social protection systems for all to prevent homelessness and facilitate access to adequate housing

    20 February 2020

    The role of social protection systems in reducing poverty and inequality, preventing homelessness, and facilitating access to adequate housing.

  4. Female labour migration from Pakistan: A situation analysis

    01 February 2020

    This report examines patterns and characteristics of female labour migration from Pakistan, and provides recommendations to ensure that women have equal opportunities for safe and fair migration.


  1. Achieving SDGs and ending poverty through Universal Social Protection (Project fact sheet)

    27 November 2019

    The implementation partners (UN DESA and ILO) will build on the methodology of the ILO's Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All (2016-30) at the country level, combined with a global component to focus on the development of practical knowledge base.

  2. Web Application on Freedom of Association

    02 November 2019

    How to secure and promote freedom of association? This web application provides an overview of the principles on freedom of association and explains how ILO procedures and bodies can be best used to secure and promote freedom of association across the world.

  3. Mapping Social Protection Systems in Pakistan - The status of current systems in line with the UN Social Protection Floor concept

    01 November 2019

    This study maps social protection schemes across Pakistan’s Federal Government and four provincial governments, along the lines of the four basic guarantees enshrined in the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202). It delineates the key features of these schemes with reference to the lifecycle and by the type of protection offered.

  4. Workers’ Guide to Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation (No. 205)

    28 August 2019

    Through this Workers’ Guide, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) provides information and guidance on how trade unions can ensure the implementation of this new global tool to their advantage. It is intended to serve as a valuable reference to workers’ organizations on the provisions of Recommendation No. 205.

  5. Eliminating child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains: an integrated approach (CLEAR COTTON) (Project fact sheet)

    24 June 2019

    The project seeks to promote enhanced legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of child labour, and of victims of forced labour, while adopting an integrated area based approach, embedded in a value chain approach including cooperation with local industry and international buyers.


  1. Support to trading partners including GSP+ beneficiary countries to effectively implement ILS and comply with reporting obligations (Project fact sheet)

    03 December 2018

    he project will Support and collaborate with ILO’s tripartite constituents and other relevant stakeholders in application of ILO C-100 (Equal Remuneration Convention - 1951) and ILO Convention C-111 (Discrimination- Employment and Occupations - 1958).

  2. Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners (Project fact sheet)

    29 November 2018

    Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners’ is a EU funded project for two years project. The project was started in April 2018 with the aims of supporting provincial governments to enact ILS labour laws, strengthen the evidence base around child and forced labour and promote freedom of association and collective bargaining through improved social dialogue.

  3. Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in the Cotton Supply Chain (Project fact sheet)

    24 October 2018

    The project aims to foster a partnership approach among the partners on promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) for a sustainable cotton supply chain in Pakistan.

  4. Good practices in collective bargaining: A compilation of case studies from Pakistan

    24 September 2018

    The compilation of good practices of collective bargaining agreements is envisioned to be a step towards collating and documenting examples of good practices in collective bargaining in different economic sectors in the country. The rationale for this exercise is rooted in the need for drawing lessons from experience in terms of what works and what does not when it comes to advocating and representing the rights of workers through institutional mechanisms.

  5. Improving productivity and working conditions for enterprise growth and decent job creation

    26 July 2018

    The ILO office for Pakistan launched a pilot project to improve the productivity, competiveness and sustainability of enterprises in textile and leather sectors using ILO global tool Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) under the EU funded project “International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs”.

  6. Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme III - Progress Report 2016-2017

    23 July 2018

    The key results of Pakistan's Decent Work Country Programme III for the 2016-2017 period, cover progress on four broad priority areas, including the rural economy, job creation, ILS and social protection.

  7. Labour migration, skills development and the future of work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

    20 July 2018

    This paper maps in broad terms the present and future demand for migrant workers in the GCC countries, particularly those from Asian countries of origin, by highlighting key trends as well as the complex government challenges, constraints, and responses in a globalized world.

  8. The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?

    01 May 2018

    The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) was negotiated and adopted by governments, employers and workers in 1977. It is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all and highlights the central role of freedom of association and collective bargaining as well as industrial relations and social dialogue.

  9. A profile of trade unionism and industrial relations in Pakistan

    27 April 2018

    The paper looks at the trade unionism and industrial relations in Pakistan from historic perspective and provides updates on the profiles of national and provincial level labour federations. This paper seeks to stimulate healthy debates on the opportunities and challenges associated with promotion of freedom of association and collective bargaining in line with the principles enshrined in Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) and Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98).

  10. Improving the livelihood and working conditions of the vulnerable workers – particularly women, in the Rural Agro-food economy through Value Chain Development

    20 February 2018

    The ILO in partnership with UNIDO is implementing a One UN Joint pilot project, which aims at improving the livelihood and working conditions in the selected agro-food value chain in Gilgit Baltistan Province of Pakistan. The project- through a set of gender-responsive interventions will engage with partners and producers; address the deficits in productivity and working conditions by skills development; instituting simple technology and awareness-raising on the key elements of Decent Work.

  11. ILO/EU REFRAME Project

    01 February 2018

    Global action to improve the recruitment framework of labour migration (REFRAME). Project brief description; it includes challenges, objectives, scope, and contribution to the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative