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Donors and funding

Pressure on development aid spending means that aid budgets are in general under greater scrutiny, and value for money is a key driver of funding decisions. For the 2012-13 biennium the ILO mobilized more than US$ 530 million in new voluntary contributions. Voluntary contributions make up approximately 43% of overall ILO resources.

For 2014-15 the outlook is moderately positive, with a number of major multi-annual partnerships with core donors being renewed and increased diversification of the portfolio through private sector funding, emerging donor countries, and South-South cooperation.

The ILO directs voluntary contributions to the global 19 Decent Work Outcomes and the corresponding country-level results captured in Decent Work Country Programmes driven by ILO's constituents. At country level ILO outcomes are an integral part of wider United Nations frameworks. A further focus is provided through the eight Areas of Critical Importance that promote integrated work across the ILO.

Where possible, donors are encouraged to provide flexible, un-earmarked and predictable funding, including through inclusive multi-annual partnership agreements. In return the ILO has strengthened its capacity to manage for development results, including through enhanced quality control. Monitoring and evaluation inform the programming process and enhance country and constituent ownership. In 2012-13 the ILO achieved a delivery rate of 80 per cent, the highest ever.

Results and background

Australia: Overview of progress towards decent work (06/13)
Belgium: Update, February 2014
Canada: Cooperation results overview
Czech Republic: Cooperation results overview
Denmark: Government of Denmark - ILO Cooperation (04/2014)
European Union: The ILO and the EU - Partners for decent work and social justice: Impact of ten years of cooperation
Flanders: Cooperation results overview
France: Le partenariat France–BIT : Ensemble au service du travail décent
Germany and the ILO: An overview of cooperation results
Ireland: Irish Aid Cooperation Results Overview (02/13)
Italy: An overview of Italy's voluntary contribution to the ILO
Japan: Cooperation Results Overview
Republic of Korea: Cooperation Results
Luxembourg: Résultats de la coopération Luxembourg-OIT
The Netherlands and the ILO - Annual Policy Dialogue, March 2013
Norway: Cooperation Results Overview
Spain / España: 25 años de actividades OIT con el apoyo de la cooperación española: Promoviendo el trabajo decente y la justicia social (in Spanish)
Update, February 2014
Sweden: Cooperation Agreement, 2009-13: Cooperation results overview
Switzerland-ILO Cooperation, Update, February 2014
United States - ILO Cooperation: Update, March 2014


The results and achievements of the ILO are financed through the Regular Budget, the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA) and extra-budgetary technical cooperation contributions.
  • Regular Budget (RB): all Member States by virtue of their membership of the ILO provide contributions to the regular budget based on GNP, as in the United Nations.
  • The Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA) contributes to Decent Work Agenda priorities through strategic funding to the technical cooperation programme. It is based on voluntary contributions.
  • Extra-budgetary technical cooperation funding (XBTC) to the technical cooperation programme supports Member States in achieving the results agreed by its constituents in Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) through specific projects, with a determined timeline and pre-defined geographic and thematic focus. This is also based on voluntary funding.


  1. Rural youth employment

    Sweden joins ILO initiative in Zambia for rural youth

    ILO-led UN Joint Programme with FAO on decent work and food security will create job opportunities for young entrepreneurs along agricultural value chains and boost food security for rural populations in Zambia.

  1. Middle East and North Africa

    Netherlands to contribute US$ 1.3 million to ILO’s programme in the MENA region

    New contribution to the ILO will focus on the promotion of youth employment through two country-level components.

  2. New donation to core resources

    Denmark makes DKK40 million contribution to the ILO

    The Government of Denmark will contribute DKK 40 million (approximately US$ 7.1 million) in flexible and predictable resources to the ILO Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA).

  3. ILO performance

    Expenditure and Delivery - Annual Report 2011

    This statistical summary provides final figures on ILO technical cooperation in 2011.

  4. Publication

    The ILO at Work: Development Results 2010-2011

    This review of the ILO's work in 2010-11 describes the scope and purpose of the ILO's development cooperation to promote the Decent Work Agenda under its four pillars of employment, social protection, social dialogue and fundamental principles and rights at work.
    Click here to go to the interactive on-line version in English - Français - Español

ILO Development Cooperation Dashboard


  1. Denmark - ILO Cooperation (updated 04/2014)

  2. Netherlands signs new Partnership Programme with ILO at Davos

    Contribution to core resources and to ILO/IFC's Better Work Programme

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