Norway is one of the founding member States of the ILO and is a long-standing and generous partner in promoting the Decent Work Agenda. Norway has ratified the eight Fundamental Conventions and the four Priority Conventions, as well as 98 Technical Conventions.

Norway's strategic contributions to the ILO

Norway 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. From 2015 to 2018, Norway’s assessed contribution to the ILO’s regular budget exceeded US$ 12.6 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 2015 to 2018, Norway un-earmarked contributions amounted to US$ 7.8 million. 
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. From 2015 to 2018, Norway contributed over US$ 47 million.
Total voluntary contributions by Norway to the ILO between 2015 and 2018 totaled US$ 61.4 million.

Norway’s total contributions to the ILO, 2015-2018 (US$)

Norway’s support to ILO actions

The ILO currently implements programmes in Ethiopia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Colombia, Jordan, Colombia, Egypt, Haiti, Sri Lanka with development cooperation funding from Norway. Norway also supports a number of global programs, including SCORE, as well as a programme in Afghanistan implemented by the International Training Centre of the ILO and the Junior Professional Officer programme.

Norway’s development cooperation priorities

The Government of Norway takes an integrated approach to its foreign and development policy, which is designed to promote economic development, democratisation, the implementation of human rights, good governance and measures that can lift people out of poverty for good. Priority is given to education, humanitarian assistance, health and vaccination, private sector development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human rights. Norway partners with countries both for long-term development cooperation and to promote stabilisation and conflict prevention.