Resource Partners and Funding


In 2019 the ILO received more than US$ 459 million in voluntary funding from funding partners. In the 2018-2019 biennium, voluntary funding accounted for approximately 50 per cent of the ILO's total resources.

Where possible, partners are encouraged to provide flexible, un-earmarked and predictable core funding through the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA). The ILO has also 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. Detailed information about ILO's entire development cooperation portfolio is available in the Development Cooperation Dashboard.

Partnership updates

  1. EU-ILO partnership

    ILO and European Commission reaffirm mutual partnership at 15th High Level meeting

    Participants discussed recent policy developments and their response to the challenges related to transformative changes in the world of work as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.The conclusions of the meeting are also available here.

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    Germany-ILO partnership

    ILO and Germany launch programme to protect garment sector workers affected by COVID-19

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is working with the ILO to help garment sector workers in seven countries who have been affected by COVID-19

  3. ILO and RDPP launch a partnership to combat worst forms of child labour in Iraq

    The new partnership aims to tackle the worst forms of child labour amongst internally displaced persons, Syrian refugees and vulnerable host community members in Iraq.

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    Italy-ILO Partnership

    Italy and ILO sign new agreement to support employment and livelihood opportunities in Jordan

    The ILO will receive a US$ 1 million contribution from the Government of Italy to further its work promoting and employment and livelihood opportunities in Jordan

  5. Distribution of ATM cards to EIIP workers in Jordan ensures salary payments are not disrupted

    Efforts to support workers employed in Jordan’s EIIP ensure much-needed salaries are paid during COVID-19 lockdown thanks to the support of the German Development Bank (KfW).

  6. In Mauritania, UNHCR and ILO are working to promote decent work opportunities among refugees and host communities 

    Building on the on-going UNHCR-ILO partnership, the new project focuses on building the resilience of populations affected by instability using on-the-job and practical training and benefits from the financial support of a Trust Fund funded by the European Union. Click for the full article in French

  7. Hope and better prospects for a former bonded labourer in Nepal

    With the support of the United States Department of Labor, ILO provides vocational training to former bonded labourers through the Bridge Project.

  8. Joint action to support refugees and host communities

    The International Labour Organization will work to strengthen socio-economic growth and decent work for refugees and host communities with the support of the Government of the Netherlands as part of the PROSPECTS partnership.

  9. Netherlands-ILO partnership

    ILO signs new agreement with the Netherlands on forced displacement response

    ILO has signed a new, US$ 94 million agreement with the Government of the Netherlands as part of a wider inter-regional partnership that aims at improving prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced people to have access to employment and livelihood opportunities, known as the PROSPECTS Programme.

  10. South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

    Meeting of the Regional Initiative for a Latin America and the Caribbean free from child labour

    Representatives of 25 countries in the Americas convened at ILO regional headquarters in Lima, Peru to discuss joint plans for combatting child labour with the support of the Brazilian and Spanish Cooperation Agencies as well as the the ILO's Department of Partnerships and Field Support from the 22-25th of October. Click for the full article in Spanish.

  11. Public-Private Partnerships

    ILO and Fast Retailing group join forces to promote employment and social protection in Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Japanese apparel retail holding company Fast Retailing have signed a US$1.8 million partnership agreement supporting an ILO led programme to promote employment and social protection in Indonesia.

  12. Equatorial Guinea

    Value chain development in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors

    10 July 2019

    The African Development Bank is working with the ILO to support the development of fishing and aquaculture value chains in Equatorial Guinea through a five-year, multi-million dollar project set to launch in January 2020. Click for the full article in French. 

  13. Partnerships

    Kuwait pledges further funds to support ILO activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    5 July 2019

    A new, US$ 0.5 million contribution from Kuwait to the ILO will promote decent work and social justice in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, bringing the total of Kuwait’s annual contributions to ILO efforts in the Arab States region to US$ 5.5 million since 2009.

  14. Sahel

    Japan to support youth employment opportunities for refugees and host community in Mauritania

    11 April 2019

    The project aims at promoting economic self-sufficiency of refugees and peaceful coexistence with host communities through the development of employability schemes and decent jobs in infrastructure construction works.