Programmes and projects

The ILO operates a wide range of programmes and projects in Asia Pacific focusing on relief and development challenges. The overall purpose of this technical cooperation is to support implementation of the Decent Work agenda in each country.

  1. Supporting the socio-economic reintegration of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers repatriated due to the COVID-19 outbreak (IOM-ILO collaboration)

    1 April 2021 - 31 March 2023

    This project aims at contributing towards sustainable reintegration of Sri Lankan migrant workers. The project has been designed with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in alignment with the National COVID-19 Response Plan for Migrant Workers, and the Sub Policy and National Action Plan on Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers (2015). It is also broadly linked to the UN Advisory Note on COVID-19 Socioeconomic Response (July 2020) and the UN Sustainable Development Framework (under Human Security and Socioeconomic Resilience)

  2. Asia Regional Child Labour Programme - Afghanistan (DWCP Outcome 2.4)

    1 February 2021 - 30 September 2023

    The Asia Regional Child Labour Programme (ARC) aims to reduce vulnerability to child labour and enhance protection of children from exploitation in Afghanistan to contribute to the eradication of child labour, particularly its worst forms. The ARC will contribute to the achievement of Outcome 2 of the Afghanistan Decent Work Country Programme.

  3. Young Futuremakers Thailand – Promoting Youth Employability

    1 February 2021 - 30 April 2022

    The Young Futuremakers Thailand project is part of the Futuremakers by Standard Chartered initiative and aims to support youth in the labour market, in particular disadvantaged young women and young persons with disabilities, through the provision of demand-led technical skills training, employability training, career guidance and job placements.

  4. Promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers

    18 January 2021 - 31 August 2024

    Supported by the Government of Switzerland, this programme aims at ensuring an effective implementation of the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy- Phase IV while promoting decent work through good governance, protection and empowerment of migrant workers.

  5. Safety + Health for All – Plantation workers in South Asia

    1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022

    This project aims to improving the safety and health of workers in plantations in South Asia.

  6. Trade for Decent Work Project

    1 January - 31 December 2021

    The project aims at improving the application of the ILO Conventions on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work under the framework of EU special incentive arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP+)

  7. Trade for Decent Work Project

    1 January - 31 December 2021

    Sustaining Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting (Mongolia). The project aims at improving the application of the ILO fundamental Conventions in Mongolia through improved labour relations and working conditions.

  8. Improved social dialogue, tripartism and better application of basic rights on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

    1 January - 31 December 2021

    This intervention promotes social dialogue to improve the Philippines’ compliance with national and international labour standards in selected economic zones and is part of an integrated strategy that feeds into policy and legal reforms, including COVID-19 responses.

  9. Trade for Decent Work Project

    1 January - 31 December 2021

    The ILO-EU Trade for Decent Work Project (Trade4DW) in the Philippines is part of the global Trade for Decent Work Project, which was established in 2019 by both the European Commission (EC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help improve labour relations and working conditions, and ensure better application of international labour standards (ILS) in the EU’s trading partner countries, including the Philippines.

  10. Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19

    1 January 2021 - 30 June 2022

    The Rebuilding Better project, supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, aims to support women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt more sustainable and resilient business models by strengthening their access to vital support services.

  11. Improved Workers' Rights in Rural Sectors of the Indo-Pacific with a focus on Women

    1 December 2020 - 30 November 2024

    This ILO and US Department of Labor (US DOL)’s joint initiative aims on improving promotion and compliance to labour standards in the agriculture, fishing and mining sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia, with focus on women workers.

  12. Supporting resilience of Lao MSMEs in response to COVID-19

    1 December 2020 - 30 May 2022

    The ILO and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation join forces to promote resilience for Lao PDR’s micro, small and medium enterprises from COVID-19. Project implementation is planned from April 2021 to May 2022 together with Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

  13. Bridging Recruitment to Reintegration in Migration Governance: Philippines (BRIDGE)

    30 October 2020 - 30 October 2022

    This Joint Programme helps ensure that government initiatives for fair and ethical recruitment and reintegration are evidence-based, gender-responsive and coordinated, and seeks to translate evidence into policy and practices on recruitment and reintegration. Funded by the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), BRIDGE is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Women, in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

  14. Inclusive Economic Recovery through Sustainable Enterprises in the Informal Economies of Fiji, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu

    1 October 2020 - 29 November 2021

    This ILO led UN joint project is a COVID-19 recovery project funded by UN Secretary General’s Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). Targeting informal sector enterprises and workers in the creative industries and the agriculture sector, the project is implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

  15. Achieving reduction of child labour in support of education: Programme to reduce the worst forms of child labour in agriculture

    1 October 2020 - 31 December 2022

    The ILO and the Government of Japan through the ILO-Japan Multi-bilateral Programme have partnered to reduce the worst forms of child labour in the agricultural communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The initial target provinces are Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur.

  16. Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management

    1 October 2020 - 31 December 2021

    This project aims to support the Government of Sri Lanka in extending social protection coverage to workers, both men and women, in the tourism sector

  17. SDG - Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia

    1 October 2020 - 31 March 2024

    EU Budget Support (BS) programme aims to support the Government of Mongolia to implement the national reform agenda and assist the implementation of the Public Finance Management and Employment policies. The EU BS programme and its Technical Assistance project will support the country in delivering sustainable growth and its transformation into a sustainable development model with more productivity, better capacity to respond to and recover from unanticipated crises, and more employment opportunities for all social groups, especially the more vulnerable and disadvantaged.

  18. Improved ability of remittance-dependent communities in the conflict-affected areas to cope with the impact of covid-19 on their livelihoods

    23 September 2020 - 31 March 2022

    The project aims to address pressing needs to create jobs, improve livelihoods and build resilience for remittance dependent communities - especially returned migrants, women & youth.

  19. Protecting Garment Sector Workers: Occupational Safety and Health and Income Support in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    21 September 2020 - 30 October 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic took a dire toll on the global garment industry and its supply chain, posing significant challenges to business continuity and jobs. The export level of Indonesian garment industry in mid of 2020 was down to 60 percent.

  20. Skilling Sri Lankan Migrant Workers affected by COVID-19 for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    1 September 2020 - 30 November 2021

    This project aims to increase capacity of the ILO constituents to identify current skills mismatches and anticipate future skills needs; to design and deliver innovative, flexible and inclusive learning options encompassing work-based learning and quality apprenticeships; and to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprises, with a focus on enhancing the employability of returned and aspirant migrant workers