Following two decades of strong economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, which resulted in a two thirds reduction in the percentage of working poor, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, paralysing further progress and sending a powerful reminder of the persistent and structural challenges faced by the region.
Despite progress in recent years and the increased attention devoted to social protection in the region, the stark reality is that 55.9 per cent of the population still do not have access to any form of social protection.
As in past crises, the key lesson for the region as it emerges from the pandemic is that economic growth without adequate investment in social protection generates unsustainable gains, mostly concentrated in a limited proportion of the population, leaving others extremely vulnerable to shocks.
03 February 2023
18 December 2022
Training Workshop on Strengthening Regional Capacity on Employment Injury Insurance (EII) and Employment Insurance (EI)
09 December 2022
9 - 10 December 2022
Launching of ILO Report on Care at Work: Investing Care Leave Policies and Services for a More Gender Equal World of Work
25 November 2022
Tripartite Discussion on Maximizing Benefits and Extending Coverage of Job Loss Protection (JKP) Programme through Solidarity
8 September 2022
Strengthening Capacity to Promote Gender-Responsive Investments in the Provision of Decent Care Services in Thailand
1 January - 31 December 2022
Reducing Vulnerability in Lao People's Democratic Republic: Advancing Social Protection and Labour Rights and Entitlements in the Coffee and Tea Sectors (SOLAR)
15 November 2021 - 14 August 2024
1 August 2021 - 30 November 2022