ILO Country Office for Nepal (CO–Kathmandu)

Namaste and welcome to the ILO Country Office for Nepal. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers in common action to promote decent work. Nepal joined the ILO in 1966. After the provision of technical assistance through its Liaison Office and the Office of the Senior ILO Adviser during the early time, the CO-Kathmandu office was established in 2000.

What's new

  1. Natural disaster

    ILO Director-General reaffirms support to Nepal reconstruction following second earthquake

  1. Meeting

    Inter-Ministerial Consultation Meeting on the Draft Bonded Labour Bill

    13 to 14 February 2015

    The Government of Nepal has taken important steps to tackle bonded labour in Nepal and the Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM) is planning to organize an Inter-Ministerial Consultation meeting to finalize the draft Bonded Labour Bill within this month.

    The objectives of the two-day national consultation workshop are to:
    • Update inter-ministerial officials on the status of the bill
    • Finalize the draft bill addressing the concerns of the cabinet

  2. Meeting

    Training Workshop on Work, Labour Force Statistics, and Labour Force Survey Tools

    12 to 15 January 2015

    The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Nepal is conducting the third Nepal Labour Force Survey (NLFS-III) in 2015. The NFLS-III aims at updating the employment and unemployment indicators of NLFS-II which was carried out in 2008 and producing a broader range of decent work indicators, and issues such as child labour, labour migration, school-to-work transition survey, occupational safety and health labour migration and informal employment.

    As a part of ILO’s support to strengthening the technical and institutional capacity of CBS to collect reliable, sex-disaggregated labour market statistics, the ILO Regional Office in Bangkok with the collaboration of the Central Bureau of Statistics of Nepal and the ILO Office in Kathmandu organized the Training Workshop for concerned CBS officials on 12 to 15 January 2015 in Kathmandu Nepal.

  3. Meeting

    High-level Consultation Meeting on Migration for Development
    Labour, Agricultural Development and Climate Change: Integrating Labour Migration in the Sectoral Policies

    19 December 2014

    A high-level consultation meeting led by the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Employment together with the Kathmandu Migration Group which is a group of international partners supporting the Government of Nepal on mainstreaming migration into development strategies. The ILO is a part of the Kathmandu Migration Group. The consultation aims to provide a platform to discuss the inter-linkages of labour migration into relevant development sectors to inform a more inclusive and sustainable approach to policy formulation in Nepal.

  4. Op Ed news
    International Migrants Day

    SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Anna Engblom, Chief Technical Adviser, South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project (funded by the European Union), ILO Country Office for Nepal

  5. Report

    Launch of a new report on Global Wage Report 2014-2015

    5 December 2014
    in Geneva and Bangkok

    The report reviews the main trends in wages in developed, emerging and developing countries. It also analyses inequality in the labour market and in household income.
    The Asia and the Pacific Supplement looks at the region in more detail. It includes special sections on Asia’s garment sector, China’s private enterprises, Thailand’s manufacturing sector, India’s rural workers and the Pacific Island countries.

  6. Labour migration

    ILO welcomes 'landmark' SAARC labour migration commitments.

    29 November 2014

    ILO welcomes Kathmandu Declaration committing to improve labour migration processes.

  7. Newsletter

    ILO Nepal Decent Work Newsletter, Bi-annual, issue-2, November 2014

    28 November 2014

    It offers a glimpse of what we do to promote Decent Work, meaning contributing to a labour market environment without child labour or forced labour, in which men and women have equal opportunities and appropriate representation and protection, enterprises can increase their productivity and competitiveness, and workers have access to improved working conditions, employment stability, and salaries that allow them to feed their families and educate their children.

  8. Booklet

    The ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project 2013 - 2016: A status update (as of October 2014)

    24 November 2014

    The booklet provides a brief overview of South Asia labour migration patterns and highlights key challenges for migration governance in the sub-region. It also provides an update on the status and key achievements of the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project (for the period of June 2013 - October 2014).

  9. Publication

    Nepal Labour Market Update, November 2014

    27 October 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Provides a snapshot of economic and labour market trends in Nepal based on official data available as of 27 October 2014

  10. Publication

    Labour Migration for Employment: A Status Report for Nepal 2013/2014

    01 October 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    This report captures the trends in labour migration from Nepal. Although various government agencies have maintained and published data on various aspects of labour migration, this is the first time a government report brings together all the various data sources in a comprehensive overview. The report also highlights the achievements of the Government till date, remaining challenges and suggests ways forward. As such, it presents a statistical basis and a guide for policy-makers and other stakeholders concerned with addressing labour migration issues, particularly to ensure that the rights of migrants are protected.

  11. Press Release

    ILO Regional Director calls for SAARC countries to come together for a fair agenda for migrant workers

    23 September 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    He expressed his high hopes that forthcoming SAARC Summit will include an agenda item on migrant workers.

  12. Newsletter

    ILO Nepal Decent Work Newsletter, Bi-annual, Issue-1, May 2014

    1 May 2014

    The first bi-annual newsletter of the ILO Country Office for Nepal looks into current events, challenges and achievements.

  13. Nepal achieves broad national consensus to fight child labour

    6 to 12 June 2014

  14. Call for Proposals

    Consulting Services for Employment/Self-employment through vocational skills in three districts for conflict affected women and girls

    Published Date: 17 April 2014
    Deadline: 9 May 2014, 17:00 hrs
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    ILO Office for Nepal invites Call for Proposal "Consulting services for employment/self-employment through vocational skills in three districts for conflict affected women and girls" from experienced, eligible, interested and competent service provider (private firms/TEVT providers, training institutions, civil society organization and NGOs) in Kavre, Ramechhap and Sindhuli districts for the project entitled Gender Responsive Recovery for Sustainable Peace (GRRSP). For details of the submission of proposal, please visit the website. Proposal must be submitted by 9 May 2014 at 17:00 hrs.

  15. ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific concluded his mission to Kathmandu with a sense of unequivocal support to and a great optimism for Nepal

    10 April 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    The International Labour Organization's Assistant Director General and Regional Director, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, visited Nepal from 6 to 9 April 2014. The visit was part of his relentless commitment to reinforce relations with the ILO constituents at country level.

  16. Signing of joint initiative with the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to protect women and girls from trafficking

    3 April 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) and the ILO Nepal signed a partnership agreement for implementation of the Work in Freedom Programme funded by the Government of UK/ Department for International Development (DFID).

  17. Invitation to Bid

    ITB N° 21/2014 - Supply of Motorcycles for SNRT Project in Nepal

    International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland
    Published: 01 April 2014
    Deadline: 25 April 2014 4:00 PM CET Geneva

    This Invitation to Bid is been published on the United Nations Global Market (UNGM)website and can be accessed at the following URL :

    The Tender Document can be downloaded from the section entitled "DOCUMENTS".

  18. Invitation to Bid

    ITB N° 19/2014 – Procurement of Vehicles for SNRT Project Nepal

    International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland
    Published: 28 March 2014
    Deadline:   28 April  2014 4:00 PM CET Geneva

    The Invitation to Bid is published on the United Nations Global Market (UNGM)website and can be accessed at the following URL :

    The Tender Document can be downloaded from the section entitled "DOCUMENTS".

  19. Signing of Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme

    28 March 2014
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    On 28 March 2014, the ILO and the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR), Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development signed an agreement for the implementation of the routine maintenance component under the Strengthening National Rural Transport Programme (SNRTP).

  20. Decent Work Country Programme, Nepal 2013 - 2017

    21 February 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The DWCP 2013-17 reflects the priorities of the tripartite constituents in Nepal, and is aligned with the national development priorities of the government, strategic priorities of the ILO and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

  21. Memorandum of Understanding of the Nepal Decent Work Country Programme 2013-2017 signed with the Government of Nepal, workers and employers organizations

    21 January 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The Memorandum of Understanding on the Nepal Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013-2017 was signed with the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations on 21 January 2014 at the Ministry of Labour and Employment of Nepal.

  22. Understanding the Indigenous and Tribal People Convention, 1989 (No. 169): handbook for ILO Tripartite Constituents

    23 December 2013
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    The handbook draws on the wealth of comments and analysis of the Convention and aims to provide the ILO constituents with a practical tool to better understand the relevance, scope and implications of the Convention and to foster joint efforts for its implementation.

  23. Freedom of association: digest of decisions and principles of the Freedom of Association Committee of the Governing Body of the ILO

    5 December 2013
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    The Committee on Freedom of Association is a tripartite body set up in 1951 by the Governing Body of the ILO. It deals with complaints of infringements of freedom of association submitted by governments or organizations of workers and employers. This Digest summarizes and brings up to date the decisions and principles of the Committee.

  24. Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia
    Project launching

    20 December 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The new Project with the European Union (EU) will contribute to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce unregulated migration.

  25. Training Workshop on Abolition of Forced Labour and Trafficking

    29 November - 1 December 2013, Nagarkot, Kathmandu, Nepal

    This is an ILO-Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM)joint workshop. The Government of Nepal achieved already impressive moves to address Bonded Labour systems in the agriculture sector. However, new forms of forced labour are emerging that call for the strengthening of the capacities of the relevant national institutions, and for the development of improved and better coordinated action plans. The workshop aims contributing to this objective. The participants include officials from the MoLRM, central and district levels, Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) and other concerned Ministries

  26. Conference of Trade Unions Educators: Strengthening Trade Unions through Sustained Trade Union Education

    Pokhara, Nepal
    19 to 20 September 2013

    The conference is a follow-up action of basic trade union education campaigns of All Nepal Federation of Trade Unions (ANTUF), General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Nepal Trade Union Congress - Independent (NTUC-I). The three major trade unions organizations will share the experiences of the trainers, discuss on issues and target groups of regular education and remedies of sustained education programs in Nepal.

  27. Forced labour of adults and children in the agriculture sector of Nepal: Focusing on Haruwa-Charuwa in eastern Tarai and Haliya in far-western Hills

    1 July 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The report presents the results of a survey on the working and living conditions of adult and child labourers under the haruwa, charuwa and haliya systems in agriculture, prevalent in certain rural Districts of Nepal.