Partnerships for Development (cont.)

Web page | 26 February 2018
Decent work is now recognized as a global goal and a universal commitment. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 was a major turning point in the history of international development: Member States of the United Nations agreed on a set of 17 concrete goals giving expression to the aspirations of people worldwide for peace and prosperity on a healthy planet. Most importantly, for the ILO, they reflect a worldwide concern to achieve decent work for all: SDG 8 in particular is termed “decent work and economic growth”, but many of the other goals cannot be achieved without decent work, and several state so, explicitly or implicitly.

In this context development cooperation has come to be understood as more than a mere portfolio of projects funded by voluntary contributions. It is now part of a broader international effort aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in which the ILO will promote the Decent Work Agenda as a basis for political governance and sustainable social and economic growth.

The ILO's Development Cooperation Strategy embodies a commitment to the promotion of decent work in its entirety, within the framework of the 2030 SDGs, and addresses the challenge to increase and diversify the ILO’s resources and partnerships at the global, national and local level to better serve its constituents.

This involves promotion of the crucial role of tripartism and the design and implementation of development cooperation programmes and projects with the active participation of governments, employers and workers.

Priority is attached to –
  • partnering and forging relations with the donor community, the multilateral system, social partners, civil society, the private sector, South-South and triangular cooperation programmes, and other development actors
  • furthering and leading where appropriate the multilateral system's development efforts, at all levels
  • mobilizing extra-budgetary funding for development cooperation and funds for the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA), to complement and enhance actions undertaken through the regular budget
  • developing public-private partnerships to advance the Decent Work Agenda in support of the SDGs
  • coordinating, supporting and overseeing the management of extra-budgetary activities in line with the Development Cooperation Strategy
  • ensuring the transparency of information on the ILO’s development cooperation programme and its financing