Resource Partners and Funding


In 2018 the ILO received more than US$ 320 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 through the Regular Budget Supplementary Account. 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. 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.

  2. Syrian refugee crisis

    ILO and Germany pen agreement to bolster decent work for Syrian refugees and host communities

    14 March 2019

    The ILO and Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development have signed a comprehensive memorandum of understanding which seeks to support job creation in response to the refugee crisis and forced displacement in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

  3. Peace and development

    A new ILO-Japan project to ensure water, jobs and peace in Mindanao, Philippines

    04 March 2019

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Japan have signed a new partnership to provide jobs and promote peace through improved water supply and sanitation services in post-conflict areas in the Philippines.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.