Norway - ILO Cooperation

Norway is one of the founding member States of the ILO and a long-standing partner in promoting the Decent Work Agenda. Norway has ratified the eight Fundamental Conventions and the four Priority Conventions, as well as 98 Technical Conventions.

Norway's strategic contributions to the ILO

Norway funds the ILO through:

  •  Assessed contributions to ILO's Regular Budget paid by all ILO member States by virtue of their membership. In 2017-20, Norway contributed US$ 12.6 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. From 2017 to 2020, Norway un-earmarked contributions amounted to US$ 8.7 million. 
  • Voluntary, non-core funding contributions provided as earmarked funds for priority programmes and projects in addition to assessed contributions. From 2017 to 2020, Norway contributed over US$ 61.3 million.
Norway’s total contributions to the ILO, 2017-20 (US$ 82.6M)


Norway’s support to ILO actions

The ILO currently implements programmes in Ethiopia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Senegal, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Colombia, Jordan, Colombia, Egypt, Haiti, Sri Lanka with development cooperation funding from Norway. Through NORAD, Norway also supports a number of global programs, including SCORE, alongside the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).   

Norway’s development cooperation priorities

The Government of Norway takes an integrated approach to its foreign and development policy, which is designed to promote economic development, democratisation, the implementation of human rights, good governance and measures that can lift people out of poverty for good. Priority is given to education, humanitarian assistance, health and vaccination, private sector development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and human rights. Norway partners with countries both for long-term development cooperation and to promote stabilisation and conflict prevention.