Sweden is one of the founding member States of the ILO, and is a key partner in promoting the Decent Work Agenda. Sweden has ratified four Protocols and 94 Conventions, which include the eight Fundamental Conventions, the four prioritized Governance Conventions, and 82 Technical Conventions.

Sweden’s strategic contributions to the ILO

Myanmar garment workers at a factory in Yangon.

Sweden 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 2015-2018, Sweden’s assessed contribution to the ILO’s regular budget exceeded US$ 15.2 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. In 2018-2019, Swedish contributions totalled US$ 3.4 million.
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. In 2018, Sweden contributed over US$ 15.8 million.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) uses the Public Private Development Partnership (PPDP) modality to mobilise the private sector, in Sweden and elsewhere, to pro-actively engage in and contribute to the sustainable development of low-income countries. The ILO is already implementing multiple projects thanks to this innovative approach, including in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya and in Cambodia.

Sida-ILO Partnership Programme 2018-2019

Sweden's support to ILO actions

Sweden’s development cooperation priorities

Drawing on its broader feminist foreign policy, the stated aim of Sweden’s development cooperation is to create the preconditions for people living under poverty and oppression to better their own lives. For this purpose, Swedish development aid is primarily focused on eight areas, which are:
  • Human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
  • Gender equality.
  • The environment and climate change, and the sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Peace and security.
  • Inclusive economic development.
  • Migration and development.
  • Health equity.
  • Education and research.
* Source: Development Co-operation Report 2018, OECD