Better Work – a collaboration between the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group – is a comprehensive programme bringing together all levels of the garment industry to improve working conditions and respect of labour rights for workers, and boost the competitiveness of apparel businesses. Better Work Jordan’s activities especially complement ILO projects related to labour migration and, more recently, ILO activities related to the Syrian refugee response. In April 2017, the ILO signed an agreement with the Government of Jordan and the European Union set to make the best use of the relaxation of the rules of origin policy that allows Jordan to export tariff-free to the EU market for a 10-year span. Better Work Jordan will expand its mandate to further sectors which include the chemicals, plastics and engineering industries, among others.

The objective of this Capstone project is to develop a methodology or tool for assessing the impact of Better Work at the policy level (e.g. on laws, informal and formal policies, practices, skills development, etc.). The Capstone team will provide recommendations for how Better Work Jordan might increase and/or sustain positive impact.