UN Women - ILO Joint Programme

Promoting decent employment for women through inclusive growth policies and investments in care

The Programme brings together the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and the United Nations specialized agency devoted to advancing social justice and promoting decent work, as a demonstration of the UN working as One to achieve gender-equitable development outcomes.

This UN Women-ILO Joint Programme (JP) is focused on achieving three key outcomes:

• Creating the political consensus for the adoption of macro-level economic policy accelerators that support gender-equitable inclusive growth and more and better jobs for women, through evidence-based policy analysis and advocacy, technical advice and capacity strengthening.
• Adopting sectoral and industrial policies that tackle occupational and sectoral segregation and enhance women’s access to decent employment opportunities, through policy advice, capacity development and technical support.
• Ensuring that investments in care service provision – in health, long-term care, and education are costed, financed and implemented through policy advice, capacity development and technical support.

The JP will be implemented in six countries jointly by UN Women and ILO field offices. The selection of the final six countries will be based on (a) geographical mix and balance (b) the core capacity of UN Women and ILO offices (c) demand from the UN Resident Coordinator and governments for programme activities, outputs, and outcomes (d) and its potential impact on national employment and economic policies that promote gender-equitable inclusive growth.

The JP will use a range of implementation modalities, including:

• Technical policy support (Development of Policy Tools, Policy Research & Analysis, Technical Advisory)
• Capacity development / Training
• Knowledge management (A global Community of Practice, including of feminist economists and development practitioners, and promotion of South-South learning exchanges, building national Solution Exchanges and other innovative knowledge platforms for the dissemination of good practices as well as structured platforms to promote policy dialogues among key stake-holders)
• Policy advocacy (including policy dialogue)