1. Factsheet

    ILO in fragile situations

    Key background information on the ILO's work in fragile situations, including major recent programmes that have helped transform countries recovering from extreme hardship into resilient and functioning States.

Fragile states and disaster response

Around 1.5 billion people live in countries where they experience violence and fragile situations on an almost daily basis. Another 200 million people are affected by the slow or sudden onset of disasters. Violence and catastrophic events are triggered by a variety of factors and can impact differently on societies, but one way or another they all undermine peoples’ livelihoods and create decent work deficits. Left unattended, these problems can lead to increased poverty, inequality and social unrest.

Through its distinctive rights-based development approach, the ILO contributes to building the resilience of nations and people caught in fragile and disaster situations. In direct collaboration with its member States, tripartite constituents, UN partners, international and national agencies, the ILO supports an employment-centred recovery from conflict, turmoil and disasters while promoting decent work and social justice as key drivers of social cohesion and the prevention of further conflict.


  1. The ILO, a key partner in Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA)

    The ILO provides direct support to governments and social partners in undertaking Post-Disaster Needs Assessments in the ‘Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection’ sector.

Conflict affected states

  1. Laying the Economic Foundations for Peace-building and State-building

    The ILO works with the g7+ group to promote Decent Work in 20 conflict-affected countries, focusing on three broad areas of cooperation:

    • job creation
    • skills development
    • social protection and social safety nets