Belgium is founding member State of the ILO and has ratified numerous ILO Conventions, including the eight Fundamental Conventions, four Governance Conventions and 101 Technical Conventions. Belgium has proven to be a key partner in the pursuit of Decent Work all. Its national development agency, ENABEL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ILO in March 2019.
Belgium's strategic contributions to the ILO
Belgium funds the ILO through:
- Assessed contributions, paid by all ILO Member States by virtue of their membership, which constitutes the ILO’s core funding or regular budget. Between 2015 and 2018, Belgium’s assessed contribution to the ILO’s regular budget exceeded US$ 13.9 million.
- Voluntary core funding contributions provided by eight ILO donors as a pool of un-earmarked, flexible resources allocated by the ILO to strategic areas and emerging priorities. From 2015 to 2018, total voluntary un-earmarked contributions amounted to US$ 16.7 million.
Belgium’s support to ILO interventionsThanks to the voluntary core funding contributions of the Government of Belgium, the ILO currently implements programmes in various countries, with more information on this work available here. Belgium also supports the Junior Professional Officer programme.
Belgium’s Priorities in International DevelopmentBelgian development cooperation is focused on 14 partner countries: Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestinian Territory, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Development programmes are implemented by Enabel.
Belgium channels its aid to a specific number of sectors:
- Agriculture and rural development
- Education, training and employment
- Environment and climate
- Water and sanitation