Factsheets on public-private partnerships

  1. Making globalization socially sustainable: Public-Private Partnership

    The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Research Foundation, the International Labour Office (ILO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) established collaboration to bring together the world's leading academic experts on globalization. They included Dani Rodrik of Harvard University, Nina Pavcnik of Dartmouth College, and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich. The result was a publication that provides insights into the links between globalization and (i) employment; (ii) uncertainty; and (iii) inequality.

  2. Microinsurance Innovation Facility: Catalyzing protection of the working poor: Public-Private Partnership

    The ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility was launched in 2008. Generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Z Zurich Foundation, and Munich Re has made it possible to dramatically expand the outreach of insurance services to low-income households and enterprises, strengthen insurance providers and ensure that better risk management practices are more widely available.

  3. Microinsurance Innovation Facility: Catalyzing protection of the working poor: Public-Private Partnership

    The ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility was launched in 2008. Generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Z Zurich Foundation, and Munich Re has made it possible to dramatically expand the outreach of insurance services to low-income households and enterprises, strengthen insurance providers and ensure that better risk management practices are more widely available.

  4. Employment promotion following the earthquake in Mianzhu, Sichuan Province of China: Public-Private Partnership

    In May 2008, an earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter scale struck the Sichuan province in China. Official statistics state that over 45 million people were affected, including 69,163 deaths. Approximately 6.5 million homes were destroyed and many had to relocate. Around 30 million people lost the majority of their productive assets and almost 2 million people lost their livelihoods. Helping affected persons to develop new livelihoods and seek new sources of income in a new context was the most important need.

  5. Microfinance support programme in Viet Nam: Public-Private Partnership

    Microfinance has played an important role in national, provincial and local efforts to reduce poverty over this period with over 300,000 regular clients of microfinance institutions. However, access to relevant and sustainable microfinance services (credit, savings, insurance, money transfers) remains a challenge. The microfinance industry in Viet Nam still needs investments in all aspects for further development – at all levels.

  6. Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Yemen: Public-Private Partnership

    The Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS), Yemen’s national agency promoting small and micro-enterprises and a subsidiary of the Social Fund for Development, recently embarked on an initiative to economically empower women and to facilitate their access to microfinance by building their capacity to open a business or to improve existing ones. It entered into a contractual agreement with the Soul for Development Organization, the SEEDS Institute, the Bena’a Consultancy and Training Institute and the Impact Institute, to deliver business management training. This training targeted existing and potential women entrepreneurs in order to build further links with microfinance institutions. Given ILO’s experience in enterprise development in general and women entrepreneurship specifically, SMEPS approached the ILO to extend its technical assistance in this field.

  7. Women's Entrepreneurship Development (WED) in South Africa - The Abafazi Incubator Project: Public-Private Partnership

    Well designed partnerships are essential to developing women's entrepreneurship through their unique ability to mobilize funds, ensure the sustainability and use of ILO tools and approaches, and generate new opportunities to collaborate.

  8. Youth-to-Youth Fund - Improving work opportunities for young people in the Mano River Union: Public-Private Partnership

    Aimed at youth-led organizations in Guinea, the ILO Youth Employment Network, in collaboration with UNIDO, FCP, and the World Bank, launched a competitive grant scheme. The call was for innovative small-scale youth employment projects, and supported young people in their transition from being passive recipients to active participants in the creation of employment and the impact this can have on the promotion of peace. Successful applicants were awarded a grant of between USD 5,000 and 20,000 in tandem with the provision of capacity building assistance in order to support project implementation.

  9. Support to the Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Labour Market Information and Employment Policy: Public-Private Partnership

    In 2006, the ILO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helped Yemen formulate a Labour Market Information System and Human Resource Development Strategy. Based on this framework, a project was launched to enhance Yemen’s capacity in statistical research, labour market monitoring, and policy-oriented analysis, laying the groundwork for making timely and reliable labour market information generally available.

  10. Entrepreneurship education: Know About Business (KAB) in Yemen: Public-Private Partnership

    To contribute to employment creation and economic growth by fostering an enterprise culture in Yemen, the ILO introduced its Know About Business (KAB) programme in technical and vocational education in the country.

  11. PREJAL - Promoting Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean: Public-Private Partnership

    In 2005 the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean – assisted by the ILO Office in Madrid – began the PREJAL project. This regional initiative for the promotion of youth employment in Latin America is one of the first public-private partnerships in this region to focus on this important issue.

  12. Eliminating Child Labour and promoting Decent Work in the Stora Enso value chain: Public-Private Partnership

    Stora Enso (SE) is a leading paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging company with its head offices in Finland and Sweden. Bulleh Shah Packaging (BSP) is its joint venture and agricultural and recycling product supplier. To strengthen its policy and global efforts to promote decent work and eliminate child labour in its value chain in Pakistan, SE has entered into a public-private partnership with the ILO.

  13. Reducing the worst forms of child labour in tobacco-growing communities in Brazil, Malawi and Zambia: Public-Private Partnership

    The ILO and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) have forged a partnership to achieve greater impact and have, together, established the Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Supporting of Education (ARISE) programme. By addressing the identified social and economic factors that encourage small-scale tobacco farmers to employ children in dangerous work, the programme prevents and makes strides towards the elimination of child labour in supply chains.

  14. Eliminating the worst forms of child labour in Turkish seasonal harvesting: Public-Private Partnership

    The partnership between CAOBISCO and the ILO contributes to the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture, in line with the Government’s strategy based on a National Time-Bound Policy for the elimination of WFCL by 2015.

  15. World Organization of the Scout Movement combats Child Labour: Public-Private Partnership

    The partnership connects the 40 million-strong Scout Movement with the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), with a particular focus on its Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and Media programme (SCREAM). SCREAM is an education and social mobilization initiative that empowers children and youth by equipping them with knowledge and skills to participate actively in the campaign against child labour and to work for social change.

  16. A protective environment for children in Côte d'Ivoire cocoa-growing communities: Public-Private Partnership

    Mars Inc. has teamed up with a range of partners in Côte d’Ivoire to help farmers produce better crops and increase their incomes; to help communities improve their living standards; and to fight child labour by making sure children go to school and are not trapped in child labour. Mars Inc.’s Vision for Change Programme (V4C) – an integral part of its Sustainable Cocoa Initiative (SCI) – can be seen as an innovative and holistic way to achieve and maintain sustainable cocoa production by addressing productivity and community issues together. V4C provides training, improved planting material and fertilizers to farmers. V4C also pursues community development work at the village level to ensure that farmers and their families address some of the social and economic challenges in their communities and directly benefit from the increased productivity that training and good agricultural material brings.

  17. Alliance against Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation: Public-Private Partnership

    Facing the growing challenge of human trafficking for labour exploitation in Germany, a multi-stakeholder alliance was established. Through the implementation of state-specific structures (in the Länder) and well-organized networks, the alliance aims to fight human trafficking for labour exploitation and support the affected population – particularly migrant workers. This goal is directly linked to reducing discrimination and exploitation in the labour market.

  18. Partnership to combat Child Labour in the chocolate and cocoa industry: Public-Private Partnership

    This partnership in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire between the ILO and a number of companies in the chocolate and confectionery industry seeks to eliminate child labour and to ensure workforce continuity in cocoa growing farms by younger generations.

  19. Supporting the elimination of child labour in Malawi agriculture: Public-Private Partnership

    Following its commitment to ILO values demonstrated by ratification of various ILO Conventions, the Government of Malawi organised its first ever National Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture on 5-6 September 2012. The Conference was organized with technical support from the ILO and support and funding from the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Foundation (ECLT).

  20. Child Labour Platform (CLP) and the Global Compact: Public-Private Partnership

    The Child Labour Platform (CLP) is a thematic member-based workstream of the UN Global Compact’s Labour Working Group, open to companies committed to contributing to the effective elimination of child labour. It is also open to UN agencies, trade unions, business associations and other relevant stakeholders. The CLP builds on a previous initiative undertaken by the Dutch Government, the UN Global Compact and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative aiming to enlist broader business commitment to the roadmap on the elimination of child labour adopted at the 2010 Global Child Labour Conference held in The Hague.

  21. Technical cooperation activities to Combat Child Labour in Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa, Brazil and Timor-Leste (CPLP): Public-Private Partnership

    In the framework of this programme, the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) agreed with ILO Lisbon to fund technical cooperation activities to combat child labour in CPLP countries in 2010. Its contribution was used to cofinance other IPEC-related activities in those countries. The goal was to ensure greater coherence between national plans and social dialogue mechanisms to combat child labour and share good practices.