Denmark is a founding member State of the ILO, and a key partner of the ILO in promoting the Decent Work Agenda. Denmark has ratified the eight Fundamental Conventions, the four Priority Conventions, and 60 Technical Conventions.

Denmark's strategic contribution to the ILO

Denmark funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions paid by all ILO Member States by virtue of their membership, which constitute the ILO’s core funding or regular budget. In 2015-2018, Denmark’s assessed contributions to the ILO’s regular budget exceeded US$ 9.3 million.
  • Voluntary core funding contributions provided by eight ILO donors as a pool of un-earmarked, flexible resources allocated by the ILO to strategic areas and emerging priorities. In 2015-2018, Denmark contributed with over US$ 8.6 million
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. In 2015-2018 Sweden contributed over US$ 14.9 million.
Total voluntary contributions from Denmark to the ILO between 2015 and 2018 amounted to US$ 27.4 million.

Denmark's overall financial contributions to the ILO, 2015-2018

Denmark's support to ILO interventions

Demark's priorities for development cooperation

In its strategy “The World 2030,” Denmark sets out four strategic development cooperation goals:
  1. Security and development – Peace, stability and protection
  2. Migration and development
  3. Inclusive, sustainable growth and development
  4. Freedom and development – democracy, human rights and gender equality
Target countries:
  • Poor, fragile countries/regions: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Palestine and Somalia, Syria and neighbouring countries, Sahel, and the Horn of Africa
  • Poor, stable countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Transition and growth economies: Ghana, Indonesia, South Africa, Ukraine, Georgia, Vietnam, Egypt, Brazil, Colombia, China, Mexico and Turkey and other middle-income countries.
The bulk of available Denmark's development cooperation assistance will be dedicated to the first two categories, with a particular emphasis on fragile countries and regions characterized by fragility.