About the ILO

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Origins and history

How we work

  1. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.

Mission and impact

  1. The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

Stories of impact

  1. © Ezer Mnasri 2021

    A small dam brings a village back to life

    15 October 2021

    Saida Zouaoui, who lives in Tunisia, has always wanted to carry on her father's legacy, building dams in the Berber tradition. With courage and determination, she convinced the local authorities to support her idea. Today, the municipality of Galâa-Maaden-Forgsan has a dam that benefits both farmers and the local community.

  2. A web developer sets to support SMEs with newly attained digital skills

    08 October 2021

    As part of the UN joint programme, an ILO-sponsored e-commerce web development training empowers its participants and small business owners looking to expand their reach and market.