April 2021

  1. Yemeni business leaders explore means to position the private sector at the heart of reconstruction

    09 April 2021

    Business leaders from across Yemen met virtually to discuss how to boost the activities of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry to ensure that the private sector plays a central role in the country’s reconstruction process.

March 2021

  1. Supported by the European Union, UNICEF, ILO, and WFP hold a landmark social protection workshop with the Government of Iraq to enhance response and accelerate reform

    31 March 2021

    Deputy ministers and senior participants welcomed the close collaboration with international partners and the resulting planned joint programme.

  2. ILO and the Central Bank of Iraq launch new financial initiative supporting youth and small and medium enterprises from host communities and displaced populations in Iraq

    31 March 2021

    With support from the Government of the Netherlands, the initiative will provide young women and men and small businesses with access to much-needed financial services that will help them start and develop their own businesses, while addressing barriers to decent self-employment.

  3. Success stories shed light on how decent employment improves the lives of refugees and their hosts

    31 March 2021

    The ILO, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNICEF held a side event at the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region,” hosted by the European Union.

  4. © Mercy Corps 2021

    ILO and the Cash Consortium for Iraq sign MoU to advance the humanitarian-development nexus and improve economic opportunities for vulnerable populations

    29 March 2021

    The collaboration between the agencies builds on existing efforts to accelerate the decent work agenda, including through the expansion of social protection architecture, as well as outlining new areas the partnership can support vulnerable populations in achieving self-reliance.

  5. Survey exposes increased frustration among youth and need for private sector investments in Iraq

    24 March 2021

    Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNFPA, ILO launch results of Youth Employability Survey

  6. Country briefs of the regulatory frameworks governing migrant workers in the Arab States

    23 March 2021

    The country briefs map the key legal provisions dealing with migrant workers in eight Arab countries, summarizing the legal rules about who pays for recruitment, whether passport confiscation is prohibited by law, minimum working conditions including wages, working hours and rest periods, how to lodge grievances, and brief details of each country’s sponsorship regime.

  7. ILO holds workshop on Strategic Compliance Planning for labour inspection and occupational safety and health in Iraq

    23 March 2021

    With support from the EU, the workshop is part of efforts to strengthen the labour inspection system in the country and develop a national labour inspection policy and action plan, in line with international labour standards.

  8. Trade Unions in Transition: Interview with Maria Helena André

    22 March 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected workers and their organizations across the world. Maria Helena ANDRE, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) explains different scenarios, which may affect the future of trade unions. She stresses also the ILO’s expectations vis-à-vis the important role of workers’ organizations to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and reinforce trade union movement.

  9. Qatar’s new minimum wage enters into force

    19 March 2021

    Qatar’s new non-discriminatory minimum wage comes into force – adding to the series of major labour reforms underway.