Flanders is an important partner of the ILO in pursuit of Decent Work for all. This cooperation was renewed with the signature of a cooperation agreement in 2016. Flanders contributes to the ILO through the Flanders ILO Trust Fund, which supports ILO’s strategic objectives within the thematic and geographical priorities of Flemish foreign policy.

Flanders' strategic contributions to the ILO

Flanders funds the ILO through:

  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. Voluntary earmarked contributions from Flanders to the ILO in the period 2016-2018 totaled US$ 3.1 million.

Flanders’s support to ILO interventions

The ILO currently implements programmes in India, Malawi, South Africa, and Mozambique with development cooperation funding from Flanders.

Flanders’s Priorities in International Development

Flander's development cooperation is focused on three countries and in the following sectors:
  • Malawi: Agriculture and food security; 
  • Mozambique: Better health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health to fight HIV/AIDS;
  • South Africa: Job creation through support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Flanders also supports regional programmes in southern Africa and micro-finance in the global south as well as humanitarian disaster response through multilateral organizations and NGOs.