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Development Cooperation

This section highlights key results in ILO technical cooperation and provides links to information on evaluation and financing.
Technical cooperation (TC) is one of the principal means of action for achieving Decent Work outcomes and meeting the MDGs. Within the framework of the Declaration on Social Justice for Fair Globalization (2008), the ILO is strengthening its TC programme with a focus on increasing its impact and efficiency through better results-based work planning, more rigorous programme and project design, enhanced resource mobilization, and improved knowledge sharing.

Outcome-based workplans

In order to enhance the impact of its technical cooperation, the ILO has in place Outcome-based workplans (OBWs) that specify how Office-wide resources are used to achieve Decent Work outcomes and assist in identifying the resource gaps faced in pursuing these outcomes, thereby providing a system for prioritizing the use of available resources and guiding resource mobilization efforts.

Quality and oversight

The ILO has established an appraisal mechanism whereby all extra-budgetary proposals are screened for quality control before their approval and submission to donors. This mechanism ensures that new proposals meet minimum ILO quality standards; are designed according to results-based management methodologies; and are based on clear needs as expressed in the Programme and Budget and Decent Work Country Programmes.
In addition to appraisal, support is provided to help improve implementation monitoring and results tracking, including their expected contribution to DWCP outcomes.

Enhanced resource mobilization

In line with the Declaration on Social Justice for Fair Globalization, resource mobilization efforts seek to ensure that funding is channelled to Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) and Programme and Budget outcomes in order to reach established targets. More and more donors are moving towards more un-earmarked, predictable and inclusive multi-annual partnership agreements, either focusing on specific regions or themes or contributing to the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA).
Late in 2011 it is clear that ILO will have succeeded in meeting its target for 2010-11 for voluntary contributions of around US$ 450 million. In an overall context of pressure on ODA and reviews of multilateral aid being carried out by a number of donors, this is a reflection of the trust placed in the ILO, and of the clear recognition of the important role of the ILO in a reformed United Nations system. New donors are emerging, including both countries engaging for the first time in development cooperation as well as private sector entities. The ILO is therefore promoting public-private partnerships as well as South-South and triangular collaboration as new modalities to deliver Decent Work outcomes.

Background

The purpose of ILO technical cooperation is the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda at a national level, assisting constituents to make this concept a reality for all men and women. An extensive network of offices throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East provides technical guidance on policy issues, and assistance in the design and implementation of development programmes.
The ILO now conducts more than 1,000 technical cooperation programmes in over 80 countries with the help of some 60 donor institutions worldwide.
The ILO’s standard-setting and technical cooperation are reinforced by an extensive research, training, education and publications programme. It has established two specialized educational institutions: the International Institute for Labour Studies in Geneva, and the International Centre for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training in Turin, Italy.
The ILO’s strategic objectives of rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue are translated into capacity building and technical cooperation in several areas.

Recent developments

  1. Publication

    The ILO at Work: Development Results 2010-2011
    The value added by the ILO's approach to development results.

    This review of the ILO's work in 2010-11 describes the scope and purpose of the ILO's development cooperation to promote the Decent Work Agenda under its four pillars of employment, social protection, social dialogue and fundamental principles and rights at work.
    Click here to go to the interactive on-line version in English - Français - Español

  1. Cooperation event

    The ILO and Fragile States
    ILO headquarters, 20 March 2014

    'If you want peace, cultivate social justice' was the topic of discussion at a High-Level Panel on Decent Work in Fragile States on 20 March following an ILO Governing Body discussion on the subject.
    During the event the ILO signed an agreement with the g7+ group, and the Prime Minister of Somalia, H.E. Dr Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed signed a DWCP for his country and confirmed ratification of three ILO fundamental Conventions.

    ILO Governing Body paper: ILO technical cooperation in fragile States
  2. Capacity building

    International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin

    Brochure on the extensive work of the ITC-ILO in Italy. As the training arm of the ILO, the Centre runs training, learning, and capacity development services for governments, employers' organizations,
    workers' organizations, and other national and international partners, in support of decent work and sustainable development.

  3. Post 2015 Development Agenda

    Why jobs and livelihoods matter

    With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaching, Aurelio Parisotto, ILO Senior Economist, explains why jobs and livelihoods should be at the centre of a post-2015 development agenda.

  4. APERP

    Programme d’Appui à la Promotion de l’Emploi et à la Réduction de la Pauvreté (2011-2014): Editorial no 1' - Project for the support of employment promotion and poverty reduction - Newsletter No. 1 (in French)

    APERP promotes the integration of coherent national employment, vocational training and investment policies integrated into national development frameworks.

  5. ILO, Russian Federation sign key agreements

    ILO and the Russian Federation launch a new and strategic era of cooperation, signing three key agreements.

    The agreements, signed at the International High-Level Conference on Decent Work, aim at further promoting decent work, helping developing countries improve delivery of skills for employment, and promote youth employment through a partnership agreement with Russian oil giant Lukoil.

  6. US$2.5 million to improve labour migration governance in the Middle East

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funds ILO initiative to improve working conditions for migrants in the Middle East.

    The project, the first of its kind in the region, targets policy reform on labour migration, strengthened service delivery to migrant workers, and improved capacity to respond to cases of forced labour and trafficking.

  7. Financing for youth employment in Togo

    Germany contributes €650,000 to the Youth Employment Network.

    Contribution will fund a round of the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund) in Togo for the period 2013-2014.

  8. New contribution to migrant project

    Czech Republic donates US$75,000 to ILO project on return migrants in Moldova

    The Government of the Czech Republic will contribute CZK 1.5 million (approximately US$ 75,000) to an ILO project on the return of migrants and home country socio-economic development over the next year.

  9. Skills and entrepreneurship for youth in Yemen

    Norway to give US$800,000 to ILO project in coming year

    Project will provide support to skills training providers to improve their services, to trade unions and employers on how to better engage in policy dialogue, and to young women and men on entrepreneurship, as well as assist them in starting their own business.

  10. New donation to core resources

    Denmark makes DKK40 million contribution to the ILO

    The Government of Denmark will contribute DKK 40 million (approximately US$ 7.1 million) in flexible and predictable resources to the ILO Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA).

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