Projects and policy advice


  1. Research Network Project: "Regulating for Decent Work"

    10 November 2016

    The aim of the Regulating for Decent Work (RDW) project is to develop a coherent response to the arguments against labour laws that have dominated employment policy in recent years. It also aims to advance research and policy directions tailored towards making labour market regulation more effective. To this end, it questions whether the goal of improving working life can be advanced through legal regulation, and whether carefully designed labour regulations and enforcement mechanisms, rather than a retreat from labour laws, may be a more promising avenue for future social and economic progress.


  1. Improving industrial relations for decent work and sustainable development of the textile and garment industry in Ethiopia

    29 September 2015

    This project aims to support the development of a socially sustainable textile and garment industry in Ethiopia through improved labour relations, productivity, wages and working conditions.


  1. Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia)

    01 December 2014

    This project aims to address challenges to working conditions in the garment sector, with a particular focus on Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Asian region. The project includes activities at the factory, national, regional, and global levels. At the factory level, the project collaborates with the Better Work programme, in particular to support the adoption of a new service model. At the national level in the target countries, the project promotes evidence-based, tripartite minimum wage adjustment mechanisms and the development of collective bargaining in the garment sector. At the regional level, the project produces comparative information on wages and working conditions in the garment sector, to inform evidence-based negotiation and social dialogue. At the global level, the project undertakes research and capacity-building activities for workers’ organizations.

  2. Promoting social dialogue in Macedonia

    01 October 2014

  3. Integrated actions towards improved and more equitable working conditions for vulnerable groups of workers

    26 September 2014

    This ILO project aims at designing and implementing policies, laws and programmes related to wages, working time and working conditions of socially disadvantaged groups of workers in Cape Verde, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Tanzania and Zambia.

  4. Support the development of industrial relations, wage fixing and labour law implementation in Vietnam

    02 June 2014

  5. Improving industrial relations in Cambodia's garment industry

    30 May 2014

  6. Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Social Dialogue in Egypt

    24 May 2014


  1. ILO-Sweden Partnership Agreement: Making decent work a reality for decent workers

    31 December 2013

    The ILO-Sweden Partnership Agreement contributes to increase the capacity of governments, domestic workers organizations, trade unions and employers’ organizations to promote decent work for domestic workers in Zambia, Tanzania, Paraguay, the Philippines, and India. The project supports advocacy and awareness-raising, the development of national knowledge about the domestic work sector, social dialogue, the design of legal and policy reforms, C189 ratification processes, capacity-building of domestic workers’ organizations, and initiatives by trade unions and employers’ organizations to address issues concerning domestic workers.

  2. Developing tripartite institutions and mechanisms that advocate for and promote the realization of core labour rights in Colombia

    01 August 2013


  1. Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work - Georgia

    01 January 2012


  1. Promoting worker rights and competitiveness in Egyptian export industries

    01 October 2011


  1. Advancing Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    06 September 2010

    TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROJECT. The work of caring and cleaning in the employer’s home for pay, one of the most important occupations for millions of women around the world, is precarious, low-paid, and unprotected, as it is often excluded totally or in part from the scope of labour law. If decent work is to become a reality for these workers, national laws and enforcement mechanisms must identify and address the specific characteristics of domestic work. In 2011, the ILO is expected to adopt new, specific international labour standards on domestic work.

  2. Improving working and living conditions for agricultural families programme (WIND)

    12 February 2010

    The Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development (WIND) programme is a participatory and action-oriented training programme designed to address the special circumstances faced by agricultural families

  3. International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) Study Group on "Labour Market Regulations: Rationales, indicators and impacts"

    14 January 2010

    The IIRA Study Group was established to develop a coherent response to deregulatory arguments. The objective is to move beyond a superficial dichotomy between regulation and deregulation by advancing research and policy directions that focus on making regulations more effective. The Group's work is tailored towards improving the theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the evaluation of labour market regulations. It also questions how these frameworks can be operationalized to support research on institutional indicators and their relationship to labour market performance.

  4. Improving job quality in Africa (WISE programme)

    14 January 2010

    This project began in June 2008 and will be completed in February 2010. Funded by DANIDA, the project has worked together with governments, employers and unions in Mozambique and Tanzania to improve the working conditions of men’s and women’s work in the formal and informal economy. Key project activities have included the adaptation and application of a survey tool on working conditions and the completion of national policy and legal reviews, leading to the publication of national profiles on working conditions for both project countries. In addition, the project has developed and piloted extension modules and guides for the WISE training programme, now published as a WISE+ package.


  1. Work Improvements in Small Enterprises programme (WISE+)

    11 December 2009

    Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) is a training programme that empowers small and medium enterprises to take practical and low-cost action to improve working conditions.