Resource Partners and Funding


In 2018 the ILO received US$ 321.54 million in voluntary funding from development partners. On average, voluntary funding accounts for approximately 45% of overall ILO's resources.

Where possible, partners are encouraged to provide flexible, un-earmarked and predictable funding. At the same time, 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.

New partnerships

  1. Garment sector

    ILO and Sweden join forces to promote decent work in Asian garment supply chains

    07 December 2018

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the ILO signed a Cooperation Agreement to start a new project to improve working conditions and productivity for women and men workers and enhance the sustainability of the garment industry in Asia.

  2. Forced displacement

    Netherlands supports Jobs and Education for refugees and host communities

    05 November 2018

    Key ILO development partner signs innovative partnership with the ILO to respond to forced displacement.

  3. Youth employment

    Luxembourg reaffirms support to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    23 October 2018

    Donor renews partnership with the ILO with a particular focus on the Sahel region

  4. Partnerships

    ILO and Singapore moving forward to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

    05 June 2018

    The ILO and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower renew their Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia

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    Rural economy

    ILO, Flanders to promote decent work in Malawi’s tea plantations

    23 April 2018

    The project focuses on empowering women and ending violence at work, promoting freedom of association and collective bargaining, as well as improving access to water and sanitation.

  6. Jobs, peace and resilience

    Japan to support youth employment to build stability and peace in The Gambia

    23 March 2018

    New project will support jobs for youth through infrastructure works with local resources, skills training and entrepreneurship promotion, with a strong focus on returnees and women.

  7. Partnerships

    The Republic of Korea and the ILO sign development cooperation agreement

    15 March 2018

    The Republic of Korea and the ILO have signed a US$ 3 million agreement to jointly promote employment, skills, social protection and occupational safety and health in Asia and Africa.

  8. Peacebuilding and employment

    Switzerland and ILO sign new agreement on peace and development through employment

    04 February 2018

    The two entities will cooperate in the implementation of a project that promotes employment creation for peace and development in conflict situations

  9. 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.

  10. 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