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Netherlands - ILO Cooperation

The Netherlands is a founding member of the ILO and a generous donor to the ILO’s development cooperation programme. The Netherlands has ratified 109 conventions and two Protocols, which includes all eight Fundamental and four Governance Conventions.

The Netherlands' strategic contributions to the ILO

The Netherlands funds the ILO through:

  • Assessed contributions to ILO's Regular Budget, paid by all ILO Member States by virtue of their membership. From 2016-2019, the Netherlands contributed US$ 31.0 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. From 2016-2019, the Netherlands contributed US$ 11.3 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions earmarked for specific themes or projects. From 2016 to 2019, the Netherlands contributed US$ 160.8 million.
Total voluntary contributions from the Netherlands to the ILO for the period 2016-2019 amount to US$ 172.1 million.

The Netherlands’ financial contributions to the ILO, 2016-2019


The Netherlands’ support to ILO interventions

The Netherlands currently supports ILO programmes in Bangladesh, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia, Jordan, Algeria and Pakistan as well as a regional programme in Africa, an important number of global programmes, such as BETTERWORK and the “Jobs and Education Program in the Horn of Africa and around Syria as well as the PROSPECTS project and the Junior Professional Officer programme.

The Netherlands' policy on foreign trade and development cooperation

At the international level, the Netherlands pursues four closely connected objectives:
  • Preventing conflict and instability;
  • Reducing poverty and social inequality;
  • Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth and climate action worldwide; and
  • Enhancing the Netherlands’ international earning capacity.
Advancing gender equality and improving the position of women and girls is a cross-cutting goal and the Netherlands' policy aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With special attention given to its focus regions in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, the Government of the Netherlands is working to address income inequality and investing in new programs supporting young women and men through general and vocational education as well as employment. In these regions, spending will increase by at least one third in the following areas: 
  • water;
  • agriculture;
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • climate change;
  • rule of law; and
  • private sector development
Additional information can be found on the Government of the Netherlands' website for development cooperation.