Impact stories

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  1. Recognition of skills transformed Shahadat’s life

    18 July 2022

    Skills 21 project is a joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO), funded by the European Union. The project seeks to increase productivity and employment opportunities through an environmentally conscious, inclusive, demand-driven, and interlinked skills development system responding to the needs of the labour market.

  2. When the vision is clear strategy is easy

    15 July 2022

    In Bangladesh, the skills sector is in need of quality trainers and assessors. ILO's European Union-funded Skills 21 project is working with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) to establish a modern skills system and meet the demand for the skills delivery system. Khadija Hossain Setu took the skills training from Khulna Mahila Polytechnic Institute and was then inspired to become an instructor to give skills training to the youth.

  3. Women entrepreneurs reboot their businesses

    15 July 2022

    A programme delivered by GREAT Women in partnership with the ILO’s Rebuilding Better Project and J.P. Morgan Philippines offered women entrepreneurs an opportunity to revisit and innovate their business models as they resumed operations post-pandemic.

  4. Educating others and ourselves: Peer support for COVID-19 recovery and resilience

    28 June 2022

    ILO’s Rebuilding Better project and the Women Entrepreneur Network of Malaysia’s “WE Rebuild Better” programme helps women-owned businesses in Malaysia recover from the impacts of COVID-19 while supporting them in adapting for a more resilient future.

  5. Fighting for rights and the future of ‘chikankari’

    01 June 2022

    From making beautiful embroideries to lending a helping hand to others during the COVID-19 pandemic, Uzma Jalees is determined that the rights of home-based workers should be recognized and indigenous artforms like Chikankari promoted.

  6. Getting children out of labour and back to learning

    30 May 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic took millions of children, like Janny, out of school. The ILO helped them reconnect with their education, friends and future.

  7. Clean water, decent work unite communities for peace

    17 May 2022

    Over 2,000 households in five villages benefit from three new water systems built under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project in Balabagan, Lanao del Sur. The project contributed to provide jobs and promote peace in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the Philippines.

  8. Indonesian garment factories step up to meet occupational safety and health standards

    28 April 2022

    Through strengthening compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards, two participating garment factories of Better Work Indonesia, a joint programme of ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), have been recognized by the Ministry of Manpower and international buyers.

  9. Business coaching programme for transgender entrepreneurs

    04 April 2022

    The ILO business coaching programme has reached 394 transgender entrepreneurs from eight transgender community organizations in five cities in Indonesia for three years from 2018-2021. Around 65 percent of participants in the last two-year interventions (2020-2021) have witnessed an average increase of 178 percent of their business incomes.

  10. Transgender entrepreneurs survive the pandemic with business coaching

    04 April 2022

    These series of videos feature the business journeys of three transgender entrepreneurs who have improved their business skills and knowledge after participating at the ILO’s business coaching programmes involving eight transgender community organizations in five cities in Indonesia held from 2018-2021.