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. Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  2. Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Fact Sheet

    09 April 2020

    The fundamental principles and rights at work derive from ILO Conventions and Recommendations, which set international labour standards on a broad range of subjects related to the world of work, including human rights at work, occupational safety and health, employment policy and human resources development.

  3. Fair recruitment country brief: Pakistan

    07 April 2020

    This brief provides an overview of fair recruitment challenges and opportunities in Pakistan, and priorities for action for the REFRAME project.

  4. Social protection responses to the Covid-19 crisis

    03 April 2020

  5. COVID-19 and the World of Work: What can workers do?

    26 March 2020

  6. COVID-19 and the World of Work: What can employers do?

    26 March 2020

  7. COVID-19: How to protect yourself and others

    26 March 2020

  8. Managing enterprises & workplaces during COVID-19

    26 March 2020

  9. COVID-19: How to protect yourself and others

    26 March 2020

    ILO’s International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs (ILES) project, funded by the European Union.

  10. COVID-19: Protect yourself and others

    11 March 2020

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.