Structured Funding Dialogue: Development partners reaffirm their commitment to support the ILO’s work on Skills and Lifelong learning

On 28th March 2022, the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a Structured Funding Dialogue on Skills and Lifelong Learning to build and reinforce sustainable partnerships and explore funding modalities for its recently launched Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3).

News | 12 April 2022
Over 200 participants from 46 countries and 65 organizations participated in the event, representing development partners, governments, workers' and employers' organizations, academia, other UN agencies, international and financial institutions. The participants agreed on the need to continue to support ILO's work in the areas of skills development and lifelong learning at global and country-level.

The ILO and its partners need to further support governments, employers' associations and trade unions around the world in their efforts to improve the employability of workers, to enable young people to access productive and decent work and to increase business productivity through better and relevant training. As the ILC concluded in December last year: “Increased investment in skills development and lifelong learning is not a cost but an investment in the future".

Moussa Oumarou, ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships
In his opening remarks, Srinivas Reddy, Chief of the Skills and Employability Branch at the ILO, reminded the importance of taking stock of advantages of pursuing tripartite approach in the area of skills development and lifelong learning, to showcase direct evidence of impact and achievements of the programme.

During the event, Srinivas Reddy introduced the Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning. Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, Director of Partnership and Field Support Department, then presented the ILO’s diverse partnership and funding modalities to support ILO’s work at global and country levels.

The presentations were followed by three parallel thematic sessions, where the ILO and its partners actively engaged in small group discussions to exchange points of view on skills for digitalization, skills for social inclusion and skills for a just transition ​to environmental sustainability​. Various country- and regional-level examples were shared, showcasing the positive changes created so far by the support of the ILO and its partners. Participants also shared their priorities and objectives and exchanged ideas on higher-level outcomes to be achieved through the GPSL3 interventions for skills development and lifelong.

The event concluded with a high-level round table, where interest and expectations to work with the ILO on skills and lifelong learning were expressed by numerous countries, including Canada, Flanders, France, Korea, Norway, Paraguay, and Switzerland, as well by institutions such as the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. Two long-standing partners of the ILO – Flanders and Norway - expressed their continued commitment to contribute to the implementation of the GPSL3.

The ILO’s leadership is guided by the Centenary Declaration and the conclusion of the International Labour Conference, which calls for increased investment in skills development and lifelong learning. The insights and experiences shared by the high-level speakers clearly showed their support for and importance of multi-year, comprehensive and integrated plan, which are proposed by the GPSL3. The ambition is dictated by current challenges and participants agreed on the necessity to maintain this momentum for discussions on resource mobilization and partnerships for concrete financial commitments to the GPSL3 in 2022 and beyond.

Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3)

Today, 207 million people are unable to find decent jobs, due to a lack of decent work opportunities. At the same time, many employers are struggling to find skilled workers they need. Skills and lifelong learning has the potential to fill this gap and support the achievement of the SDGs. The ILO’s Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3) intends to deliver on these expectations. The ILO supports member states in providing skills and lifelong learning opportunities for women and men, especially youth, enabling their access to and transitions in the labour market. In its 61 priority countries, the Programme aims to benefit more than half a million women and men, more than 3 million people in their families and communities, and 60,000 teachers, trainers, managers and the ILO’s constituents from nearly 6,000 organizations and institutions. Read more