ILO Development Cooperation Manual

The ILO currently conducts some 630 projects in more than 100 countries, with the support of 120 development partners. The manual is intended for all ILO staff, in both the field and at headquarters, who are involved in development cooperation projects.

The manual is organized by the phases of the ILO project cycle and comprises seven chapters:
1: Specifies the purpose and structure of the Manual.
2: Positions ILO’s development cooperation strategy and programme in the global context and provides an in-house perspective.
3: Briefly describes the stages of the project cycle in the ILO, highlighting key documents required and their main function, together with the interrelationship of each stage.
4: Specifies how to design a project in three steps, by: analysing the project context; formulating the project strategy; and highlighting the steps to follow for project approval.
5: Introduces the appraisal and approval phases.
6: Provides an overview of project implementation tools and methods, and points to procedural aspects of project implementation.
7: Explains the ILO’s evaluation policy and management, and indicates how evaluation results can be used for organizational learning.

The last four chapters guide users to the rules, processes, methodology and tools for each phase of the ILO project cycle, and defines roles and good management practices. Each chapter includes references to ILO policy documents, and other relevant guidance.