US Funded Technical Cooperation Projects

Since the early 1950s, the ILO has been conducting technical cooperation programs in countries of all continents and at all stages of economic development. Projects are implemented through close cooperation between recipient countries, donors, and the ILO, which maintains a network of country offices worldwide.

The ILO today has over 600 programs and projects in more than 100 countries – with the support of 120 development partners.

The United States is the largest development partner of the ILO and contributes to the ILO’s regular budget and technical cooperation program. The U.S. government works closely with the ILO primarily through the Department of Labor (USDOL), the Department of State (USDOS) and the United States Agency for International Development. (USAID).

The Government of the United States finances the ILO through the Regular Budget (RB) and Extra-budgetary Technical Cooperation (XBTC): 
  1. The ILO Regular Budget (RB) is composed of assessed contributions by member States. The United States provided a total assessed contribution of more than $525 million between 2010 and 2015.
  2. Extra-budgetary Technical Cooperation (XBTC) contributions support specific global and national projects and programs with a clear timeline and a pre-defined geographic and thematic focus. The overall funding from the United States to ILO technical cooperation between 2010 and 2015 amounted to $215.784 million. The total budget the United States awarded the ILO from 2016-2017 amounts to $94.93 million.