Looking ahead

Guidance by the Governing Body, the assessments of partner countries and international organizations and initiatives, the improvement of internal efficiency, effectiveness and management priorities will be key to determine the future of the ILO’s results and impact.

This will happen in the context of a changing environment for development cooperation, driven by the principle of delivering value for money, with a range of new players and increasing efficiency demands on Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The ILO’s tripartite structure and its rights-based approach are unique, and its mandate of social justice has proven highly relevant in the middle of one of the worst economic and social crises the world has known. The ILO’s Decent Work Agenda will be central to the new global framework of Sustainable Development Goals. Most importantly, it provides a response to the key aspirations of women and men in the world every day.

The outlook for the immediate future is mixed. While there has been strong economic growth in Africa, Asia and parts of Latin America, problems persist in the Eurozone. To these must be added the problems of increasing inequality within societies, which affect economic growth since inequality reduces aggregate demand and exacerbates social tension. A major jobs-rich economic recovery and renewed growth will be needed to reverse the worrying trends of recent years.

The concern with decent and productive jobs has come out strongly as a global priority in the process of consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. Decent and productive jobs and inclusive growth are likely to feature among the new sustainable development goals. The ILO, through its policy advice, technical cooperation and research capacity, is well placed to help implement this most critical component of the new development agenda.