ILO in the Arab States

  • Now I know the great feeling of having decent work

    Jordanian Omar Abu Noa’aj has struggled to find work for years due to his physical disability. Last year, an ILO employment centre helped him secure his first formal job at a garment factory, giving him a new sense of independence and purpose.

  • Success stories and challenges of labour market access for refugees and host communities

    The ILO, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNICEF are organizing a side event to the Fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region,” hosted by the European Union.

  • International Women's Day 2021

    The world needs more women leaders

    On International Women's Day, female leaders from the ILO give their perspective on the qualities women bring to leadership around the world. Featuring Martha Newton, ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy, Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Regional Director for Africa and Ruba Jaradat, ILO Regional Director for the Arab States.

  • A new employment strategy and minimum wage for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Palestinian government, worker and employer representatives hold a social dialogue conference, launching a new employment strategy developed with ILO support, raising the national minimum wage, and agreeing on steps forward to improve the labour market and boost employment.

What's new

  1. Disability and work

    Now I know the great feeling of having decent work

    16 April 2021

    Jordanian Omar Abu Noa’aj has struggled to find work for years due to his physical disability. Last year, an ILO employment centre helped him secure his first formal job at a garment factory, giving him a new sense of independence and purpose.

  2. Event

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder discusses building back better in a post-pandemic world

    A virtual open dialogue session with the Islamic Development Bank will address bridging labour market skills gaps and addressing labor market fragilities and structural inequalities.

  3. News

    Yemeni business leaders explore means to position the private sector at the heart of reconstruction

    09 April 2021

    Business leaders from across Yemen met virtually to discuss how to boost the activities of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry to ensure that the private sector plays a central role in the country’s reconstruction process.

Publications

  1. Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants and Refugees in the Arab Region

    This technical paper examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants and refugees. It focuses on several relevant areas including health, income security, the economy and education.

  2. Social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis in the MENA/Arab States region

    This policy brief provides a summary of the main social protection measures that were adopted by the countries in the MENA/Arab States region in immediate response to the pandemic. 

  3. Rapid Diagnostic Assessment of Employment Impacts under COVID-19 in Lebanon

    The COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Lebanon at a time when the country was grappling with its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. Lockdown measures have further hampered economic activity and left various groups of workers severely affected.