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United Kingdom - ILO Cooperation

As one of the founding member States of the ILO, the United Kingdom (UK) has been a valued partner of the ILO since 1919. The United Kingdom has ratified 88 Conventions, including the eight fundamental ILO Conventions as well as two Protocols. In addition to annual, assessed contributions made by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to the ILO’s regular budget, the Government of the United Kingdom is a major contributor to the ILO’s development cooperation programme through its Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) . It was the ILO’s fourth largest development cooperation partner in the 2018/19 biennium.

The United Kingdom's strategic contribution to the ILO

The United Kingdom funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions to the ILO's Regular Budget paid by all ILO member States by virtue of their membership. From 2017 to 2020, the UK contributed  US$ 69.9 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions earmarked for priority themes and projects. From 2017 to 2020, the UK contributed US$ 70.3 million.
The United Kingdom’s financial contributions, 2017-20 (US$ 140.2 million)

The United Kingdom’s support to ILO intitiatives

The ILO currently implements programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Algeria and Ethiopia with development cooperation funding from the United Kingdom. 

The United Kingdom’s strategic priorities for development cooperation:

  • The UK’s development strategy, ‘UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest’, outlines four priorities: 1) strengthening global security; 2) resilience and response to crisis; 3) promoting global prosperity; and 4) tackling extreme poverty.
  • The strategy explicitly links “promoting global prosperity” with strengthening UK trade and investment opportunities and promoting global security with strengthening UK security, committing DFID to allocating at least half its budget to fragile states and regions.
  • In 2018, the United Kingdom announced a new focus on Africa with a partnership promoting economic development and enhanced security. This partnership goes beyond ODA, advancing diplomatic ties, trade and private-sector investment.