The Netherlands commits to further support for ILO’s work on forced displacement

PROSPECTS Partnership enters second phase with the new agreement signed between the Netherlands and the ILO

Press release | 30 November 2023
The Government of the Netherlands and the ILO signed a new agreement to launch the second phase of the Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS). PROSPECTS is a unique initiative, launched in 2018 and with a second phase now taking it from 2024 to 2027 with a budget over USD 100 million.

PROSPECTS is spearheaded by the Government of the Netherlands and brings together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. The partnership aims to shift the paradigm from a humanitarian to a development approach in responding to forced displacement crises. Working through their institutional mandates, each partner is bringing its expertise and experience to tackle specific vulnerabilities in four intervention areas: Skills and employability, decent work, protection and inclusion and critical infrastructure. The Partnership is being implemented in eight countries in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda) and the Middle East and North Africa region (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon).

Within this Partnership, the ILO plays a key role with its constituents in the promotion of decent work and focuses on strengthening local economic development and improving employability by equipping refugees, internally displaced personsand host community members with better and more relevant skills to enter local labour markets and to access enterprise development opportunities. Among others, it also supports improved access to social protection, transition from the informal to the formal economy and rights at work, framed by efforts to strengthen social cohesion between communities.

The PROSPECTS programme provides a unique opportunity for the ILO to operationalize its policy frameworks and standards on forced displacement: the ILO Guiding Principles on the Access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market (2016) and ILO Recommendation No. 205 on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (2017). It also feeds invaluable information and lessons learned into the ILO-UNHCR Memorandum of Understanding (2016) and Joint Action Plan (2023-2025).

Under the second phase of the programme, the ILO is seeking to strengthen the ongoing work and explore further opportunities to scale these to bring about meaningful change for the better in the lives of host and forcibly displaced communities in collaboration between the PROSPECTS multilateral partners.

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ILO PROSPECTS at a glance