Decent Work: An Alliance for the Future - South-South and Triangular Cooperation in ILO public-private partnerships

As a growing form of partnership, South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) is playing an increasingly important role in the ILO’s public-private partnerships. Southern partners, with similar experience in development, bring particularly relevant and helpful experience in assisting the development of the Global South. In 2005, the Government of Brazil and the ILO initiated systematic horizontal cooperation in the field of combating child labour within Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Since then the ILO has more formally strengthened its role as a bridge between development partners of the South. Until mid-2015, several SSTC projects were concluded among the public private partnerships in place.

The areas of cooperation included employment promotion, skills development, sustainable enterprises, HIV/ AIDS, workers’ organizations and child labour. Goal 17 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development concerns global partnerships, including South-South Cooperation, as a key target.

Benefits of Partnering

  • Access to cross-sectoral knowledge on child labour issues from other companies with experience in dealing with similar challenges;
  • 20 years of experience in technical expertise, field work, and policy advice from the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, including a members-only website as a repository of publications, communities of practice, and an events board;
  • Regular updates on changes to child labour legislation, including hazardous work lists sets at the country level;
  • Enhanced linkages with national tripartite structures and processes to eliminate child labour. Resultantly, efforts are better linked to nationally-owned policies and programmes; and as a corollary, the sustainability of such efforts is increased;
  • Access to annual high profile CLP conferences, ad hoc training workshops and meetings and webinars.