Feature stories

This is a list of official ILO feature stories issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each stories. The most recent stories is at the top.


  1. A great transformation of a young entrepreneur in Maluku, Ambon

    15 February 2010

    Sarmin is one of the victims during the conflict in Ambon, Maluku. When coming back to his village in 2008, after being imprisoned for four years, he did not know what he was going to do. His future was uncertain. Yet, his life was changed dramatically when he followed the steps of his friends to join a community learning centre.


  1. Launch of a young enterprise in East Java

    15 December 2009

    Without start-up capital to purchase machinery, Luluk and her small team improvised by borrowing sewing machines and equipment from family and friends. As a result of their exposure to local buyers and businesses at the Bromo Agrofestival, their souvenir business, Embeon Productions, is now steadily growing.

  2. Condido: Boosting the cut flower industry in Pasuruan

    10 December 2009

    With agriculture and agribusiness identified as key to the LED interventions in Pasuruan, Masuda, the Secretary of the LED Forum in Tutur and manager of a local flower association, Condido, was keen for the Forum to be involved in activities to facilitate the growth of the local floriculture sector. For many years, Tutur has produced a range of flowers and plants for local buyers, however, Masuda felt that this market could be expanded.

  3. Getting an education in Papua

    01 April 2009

    By Urmila Sarkar, Child Labour and Youth Employment Specialist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Papua, home to 50 million indigenous people and 300-400 distinct indigenous communities with their own languages, beliefs and livelihoods, is also home to high levels of poverty, child labour and jobless youth.

  4. Paskalina Baru: Building local communities in Papua

    15 January 2009

    By Gita F. Lingga, Communications-Officer of ILO-Jakarta. (Manokwari, West Papua): This is a story of Paskalina Baru, Programme Facilitator, in West Papua. She has broken the traditional barrier, becoming the first female facilitator for the ILO's PIPE Project.

  5. Absallom Retto: Investing for the future

    15 January 2009

    By Gita F. Lingga, Communications-Officer of ILO-Jakarta. (Jayapura, Papua): Most indigenous peoples are dependent on their access to lands, territories and natural resources, particularly where they still engage in traditional livelihood strategies, such as pastoralism, hunting and gathering and rotational agriculture. Absallom Retto from Muara Tami District, Papua, was no difference. As a dedicated farmer for almost 25 years, his lands are his whole life.


  1. Migrant domestic workers: Dreams washed away by tears

    09 December 2008

    Most workers experience some form of verbal, physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse on a regular basis and are forced to confinement within the workplace. Contracts are violated, and payments and passports are sometimes withheld by employers or recruiting agents until the last contracted day of work (which make it impossible to flee). The majority of these workers are vulnerable young women with little schooling or knowledge about their rights and the potential dangers of their work situation. Worst of all, most countries exclude domestic workers from labour legislation protection, including Indonesia.

  2. Covering the uncovered: Making Indonesian social security work

    18 August 2008

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, highlighting the extension of the social security coverage to the informal economy workers. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 14 August.

  3. Skills training providing blacksmiths with tools for success

    05 April 2008

    By Gita F. Lingga, Communications Officer of ILO-Jakarta. (Baucau, Timor-Leste): Two years ago, Manuel Gaspar, a third generation blacksmith, in Baucau Kota, Baucau, Timor-Leste, together with one to three employees, was only able to produce seven pieces of agricultural and construction equipment per week. He is now able to produce 140 tools per day, and is employing 45 workers, 23 of whom are permanent workers. He has successfully expanded his business and established a group called “Blacksmith.” To date, Blacksmith has produced a total of 6,000 tools, earning a total of $50,000 – 60,000 dollars.


  1. Peace, security and work in Timor-Leste

    02 August 2007

    By Jose Assalino, Chief Technical Advisor, Timor-Leste. As a newly independent country with a fledgling economy, Timor-Leste faces many social and economic challenges. To help the Timorese people find decent work the ILO started three new initiatives, each designed to address a different aspect of the labour market while complementing each other and promoting employment, income generation and decent work.