Resource Partners and Funding


In 2015 the ILO received voluntary funding from donors of USD 225.7 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 2015 voluntary contributions to the ILO amounted to US$ 225.7 million. This report demonstrates trends in voluntary funding.

Multibilateral development partners and the European Commission, 2011-15

New partnerships

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Partnerships

    ILO and Sweden join hands to support a National Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda

    30 June 2016

    ILO and the Sweden Government signed partnership agreement to carry out Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda.

  5. Partnerships

    ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

    06 June 2016

    Agreement covers activities on occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

  6. Partnerships

    Switzerland-ILO Memorandum of Understanding

    30 May 2016

    At the opening of the 2016 International Labour Conference, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann signed a new MoU to finance ILO projects aimed at promoting economic productivity and guaranteeing that migrants have decent working conditions in developing countries and emerging economies.

  7. Partnerships

    Kuwait pledges US$ 0.5 million in support to ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory

    16 May 2016

    New grant brings to US$ 4 million the total amount of funding from Kuwait to the ILO since 2009 to promote decent work and social justice in the occupied Palestinian territory and Arab States.

  8. Partnerships

    Government of Flanders signs new cooperation agreement with ILO

    07 March 2016

    The Minister-President of the government of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, signed a new cooperation agreement, which sets out the new focus for ILO support from Flanders.

  9. Mobilizing Domestic Resources

    Direct Trust Funds

    Updated November 2015: Member States are increasingly committing their own resources to partner with the ILO. This factsheet shows recent trends.

  10. Social dialogue and rights

    Garment worker’s rights and voice in Bangladesh given boost

    26 September 2015

    Sweden will provide funding worth US$5.4 million to the initiative entitled "Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry", which will run from November 2015 to December 2020.