ILO and the G7+

Laying the Economic Foundations for Peace-building and State-building

The ILO works with the g7+ group to promote Decent Work in 20 conflict-affected countries.

Article | 24 March 2014
Fragile states, which are or have been affected by conflict(s), have become a central concern for the international community. In many countries conflict and violence are the most important obstacles towards internationally agreed development goals and deprive citizens of income-generating opportunities and socio-economic progress.

In recognition of these challenges, the group of self-defined fragile states, the g7+* , advocates for reforming ways in which the international community currently engages in fragile countries. As part of the wider peace-building and state-building paradigm of the ‘New Deal for engagement in Fragile States’, the g7+ have reinvigorated the importance of ‘Laying the economic foundations to generate employment and improve livelihoods’. 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has consolidated support for the g7+ and in March 2014 was the first United Nations agency to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the g7+ Secretariat. Together the ILO and the g7+ focus on three broad areas of cooperation:
  • job creation in fragile states
  • skills development
  • the establishment of social protection and social safety nets
*The g7+ is a voluntary association of 20 conflict-affected countries in transition to a further stage of development.

Country data and ILO results in g7+ member States


The ILO also supports peer learning activities among the g7+ members* based on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) and on Fragile-to-Fragile (F2F) Cooperation.