Resource Partners and Funding


In 2016 the ILO received voluntary funding from donors of US$ 242.96 million. In past years voluntary funding has accounted on average for 43% of overall ILO resources.

Where possible, partners are encouraged to provide flexible, un-earmarked and predictable funding. In return the ILO has strengthened its capacity to manage for development results and to deliver value for money. Monitoring and evaluation inform the programming process and enhance country and constituent ownership. 

ILO Development Cooperation Dashboard 

Discover the new interactive visual interface to financial data and documentation on ILO development cooperation based on voluntary contributions worldwide.

Trends in ILO extra-budgetary technical cooperation, 2006-15

In 2016 voluntary contributions to the ILO amounted to US$
242.96 million. This report demonstrates trends in voluntary funding.

Multibilateral development partners and the European Commission, 2011-15

New partnerships

  1. UN Joint Programme

    SDC and UN agencies join forces to promote youth employment in Cambodia

    05 September 2017

    The Royal Government of Cambodia and five UN agencies and programmes (ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNV), with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, launched a new joint programme to promote youth employment and reduce inequalities in the country.

  2. Better Work

    Switzerland commits to improving working conditions in the global garment industry

    13 July 2017

    Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) announced that it will continue to support Better Work, a flagship programme of the International Labour Organization jointly managed by the International Finance Corporation

  3. ILO/Japan Partnership

    Japan and ILO Signed Memorandum of Cooperation

    13 May 2017

    During his second official visit to Japan, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and consolidated the collaboration with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  4. Partnerships

    Kuwait promotes decent work for Palestinians with $0.5 million in continued annual support for ILO activities

    31 May 2017

    A new grant from Kuwait to the ILO is dedicated to promoting decent work and social justice in the occupied Palestinian territory and the Arab States.

  5. EU partnerships

    EU, ILO and Timorese Government sign agro-forestry project worth EUR 12.2 Million

    09 May 2017

    Representatives from the European Union (EU), the ILO and the Timor-Leste Government signed an agreement of € 12.2 million for a rural development project to be developed by 2021 in six municipalities in the country.

  6. ILO-EC partnership

    ILO and European Commission reaffirm mutual partnership at 13th high-level meeting

    01 February 2017

    On 18 and 19 January, the ILO and the European Commission (EC) held their 13th annual high-level meeting in Geneva.

  7. Partnerships

    Government of the Czech Republic signs new partnership agreement with ILO

    25 November 2016

    The new agreement aims to support the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  8. Conflict-affected communities

    Norway and ILO partner to support for livelihood opportunities to the conflict affected communities

    22 November 2016

    A partnership agreement was signed on 22 November to extend Norway’s support to the conflict-affected communities in the Northern districts of Sri Lanka. The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities.

  9. Partnerships

    ILO, Russian Federation Sign New Cooperation Accord, Set Key Priorities

    21 November 2016

    Programme of Cooperation to focus on improving employment opportunities, labour productivity, working conditions, the social security system and strengthening labour standards over the next four years.

  10. ILO - World Bank partnership

    ILO and World Bank sign new framework agreement to strengthen their cooperation

    21 November 2016

    ILO and World Bank commit to agreement to improve collaboration on efforts to achieve sustainable development.