1. Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all

    02 February 2016

    These Guidelines are both a policy framework and a practical tool to help countries at all levels of development manage the transition to low-carbon economies and can also help them achieve their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

  2. The twin challenges of child labour and youth employment in the Arab States

    27 January 2016

    This Report examines the related issues of child labour and youth marginalisation in the Arab States. It focuses in particular in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. All are conflict or conflict-affected societies where concerns relating to the well-being of children and youth are acute and where better information to inform policy is needed.

  3. Women in Business and Management: gaining momentum in the Middle East and North Africa

    27 January 2016

    Women in the MENA region have been progressing in the economy, following similar global trends, and have been positioning themselves at more prominent business and management levels. Still their full potential remains underutilized, resulting in significant missed opportunities for economic development in the region.


  1. Synthesis review of ILO experience in youth and women’s employment in the MENA region: Summary version

    03 December 2015

    To further strengthen ILO capacity as a centre of excellence in youth and women employment in MENA, the ILO has undertaken a synthesis review of recent ILO regional experience. The synthesis review identifies practices and strategies from completed initiatives that demonstrate potential for improving employment outcomes for youth and women and document them in a format that informs ILO ongoing progamme development and contributes to the wider discussion on youth employment within the ILO and with regional stakeholders. This report is a summary version of the complete synthesis report.

  2. Potatoes and leafy green vegetables: value chain analysis (Akkar, Lebanon)

    30 November 2015

    This study, supported by the ILO, describes a value chain analysis of two of the major crops cultivated in Akkar, North Lebanon –potatoes and leafy green vegetables. It aims to draw an integrated detailed value chain where all the key actors are presented along with the vertical relations and correlations that control the processes inside the chains.

  3. Labour force and unemployment trends among Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians in Jordan: 2010-2014

    06 November 2015

    This paper provides an overview of labour force and unemployment trends in the governorates of Amman, Irbid, and Mafraq (referred to as the “study governorates” in the text) during the period of January 2010 and April 2014. The analyses are based entirely on data from the Employment and Unemployment Survey (EUS) provided by the Department of Statistics (DoS).

  4. Work permits for Syrian refugees in Jordan

    06 November 2015

    While Jordan asserts that it has given Syrian refugees priority over other non-Jordanians in obtaining work permits, very little has been done to facilitate the work permit procedure. However, there are specific guidelines for obtaining work permits in certain sectors in accordance with Jordanian regulations.

  5. Employers’ perspectives towards domestic workers in Kuwait: a qualitative study on attitudes, working conditions and the employment relationship

    04 November 2015

    To improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers in Kuwait – by developing more informed policies and effective advocacy and awareness programs – the attitudes of employers towards domestic workers must be better understood. The research upon which this report is based aimed to explore general attitudes and perceptions of employers towards domestic workers, as well as develop a better understanding of actual working practices and the employment relationship between employers and domestic workers.

  6. Employers’ perspectives towards domestic workers in Jordan: a qualitative study on attitudes, working conditions and the employment relationship

    04 November 2015

    This working paper presents the findings of a qualitative study of employer attitudes. In order to identify key themes related to the recruitment of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), employers’ behavioural attitudes towards such workers and knowledge of their rights, 20 semi-structured interviews were conducted with employers and senior managers of recruitment agencies. A focus group with senior managers of recruitment agencies was also conducted.

  7. Skills for Trade & Economic Diversification (STED): Food Processing & Beverage Sector in Jordan

    28 October 2015

    This report sheds light on the situation of the Jordanian Food Processing and Beverage sector from a skills and labour market perspective. It reflects on Jordan’s exports within the region and to other international markets, examining the challenges that affect this sector in improving its competitive position, especially in comparison with competitors in regional markets - from within the region and from Europe and Asia.