Strategic planning

The Strategic Plan is the medium-term planning instrument of the ILO. It is the expression of the strategic orientation of the Organization, what it aims to achieve and how. It applies RBM in identifying the results expected for the period, within a framework of outcomes, indicators and targets. This results framework drives ILO assistance to constituents and forms a coherent basis for cooperation with ILO partners and for the design of ILO development assistance programmes.

The Strategic Plan for 2010-15 – the  Strategic Policy Framework 2010-15 - was developed immediately after the adoption of the 2008 ILO’s Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, which emphasizes the inseparable, interrelated and mutually supportive nature of the four strategic objectives of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda: the promotion of rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue. In turn, the strategic objectives provide the framework for the nineteen outcomes that capture essential priorities in the world of work.
The Transitional Strategic Plan 2016-17 further prioritises work in line with RBM. It is structured around ten policy outcomes, centred on key world of work challenges of relevance to member States, and three enabling outcomes, covering the advocacy, governance and support functions of the Organization and the Office. It positions the ILO to align its planning cycle with that of the UN as of 2018.

ILO results framework 2016-17


Decent work for working women and men (employment, rights at work, social protection, social dialogue)

Policy outcomes

  1. More and better jobs for inclusive growth and improved youth employment prospects
  2. Ratification and application of international labour standards
  3. Creating and extending social protection floors
  4. Promoting sustainable enterprises
  5. Decent work in the rural economy
  6. Formalization of the informal economy
  7. Promoting workplace compliance through labour inspection
  8. Protecting workers from unacceptable forms of work
  9. Promoting fair and effective labour migration policies
  10. Strong and representative employers' and workers' organizations

Enabling outcomes

  • Advocacy of decent work
  • Governance of the Organization
  • Support services and use of resources