The Government of the Netherlands will provide 38.5 million dollars to support the launch of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme strategy over the next four years.
A new Cooperation Agreement was signed this morning by Ambassador Ian M. de Jong, Head of the Netherlands Mission in Geneva, and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. The new Agreement builds on the results of an earlier partnership programme implemented between 2002 and 2006 that pioneered innovative cooperation modalities between the ILO and its family of donors.
The new programme will concentrate in a small number of developing countries in order to enhance impact and visibility of ILO in the national development strategies. It aims to boost the contribution of the Decent Work agenda to the planning and implementation of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies. With their support, the Netherlands will be one of the first major donors to give substantial financial support to the ILO's new delivery instrument, the Decent Work Country Programmes. The coverage and content of the programme will be jointly determined by the Netherlands and the ILO over the next few months.
The programme is also expected to build in a strong tripartite focus, with specific resources set aside to strengthen the capacity of employers' and workers' organisations, and to make a significant contribution to gender equality in the workplace. Actual projects, however, will be selected on the basis of their relevance to the priorities jointly determined between the ILO and its constituents in the context of the Decent Work Country Programmes in each of the countries.
With today's signature, the Netherlands/ILO Cooperation Programme set again an important benchmark in the Organisation's effort to assure a more strategic and coherent technical cooperation programme in support of ILO's strategic objectives.