About Decent Work Country Programmes
On this page:
• Ongoing challenges
• Strengthening capacity of ILO and constituents
• Ensuring consistent quality
• Review and evaluation
While progress has been made with regard to the development and implementation of DWCPs, certain areas based on findings and lessons learned from various reviews and evaluations require further consideration and improvement:
- Deepening DWCP ownership. There is recognition that there needs to improve the ownership of DWCPs through deeper engagement with ILO constituents throughout all different stages of DWCPs.
- Building the capacity of constituents. Deeper ownership by constituents requires strengthening of their capacity for participation and leadership in all stages of the DWCP cycle.
- Improving the evaluability of DWCPs. Further work is required to strengthen the application of results-based management (RBM) in DWCPs. This is to ensure that DWCPs are evaluable and RBM oriented.
- Influencing other development framework. Further efforts need to be made to effectively integrate DWCP priorities into UNDAFs and Poverty Reduction Strategies. Improving knowledge sharing and widening partnerships are strategic elements to put Decent Work Agenda into practice at national, international and global levels.
Strengthening capacity of ILO and constituents
In combined efforts to build the capacity and understanding of both the ILO staff and constituents of the development and implementation of results-based DWCPs, a joint programme has been launched since 2006 aimed at accelerating the application of results-based management through DWCPs within the framework of UN reform. The programme is funded by the Governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The interventions focus on six areas: (i) RBM methodology, (ii) design and implementation of DWCPs, (iii) UN reform, (iv) project design and implementation, (v) resource mobilisation, and (vi) review and evaluation of DWCPs.
Ensuring consistent quality
The quality assurance mechanism has been established to support the application of a unified approach in developing and implementing results-based DWCPs. The mechanism is a tool to ensure overall consistency and compliance with certain minimum qualitative criteria as defined in DWCP Guidebook and RBM Guidebook.
In addition, Common terminology and criteria in development of decent work country programmes in different DWCP preparatory stages is also made available for use across all regions.
Review and evaluation
Country programme reviews and evaluations are the means to systematically review progress and approaches being taken in selected countries. They assess the relevance of ILO’s country-level work for its national constituents and consider the strategic alignment of ILO’s work with the priorities of UN and other partners. They further assess the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of approaches taken and their likelihood to produce long-term sustainable development results at country level. Internal decent work country programme reviews are managed by ILO regional offices. So far, these internal reviews have been conducted in the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pacific Islands, Paraguay, Serbia, Zambia, Zimbabwe. During 2006-2011, nine independent evaluations of DWCPs were conducted in Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Tanzania, Ukraine, Zambia. For the period 2012-13, one independent country programme evaluation will be conducted in India.