Results, but also challenges

This publication showcases a sample of measurable 2012-2013 ILO results, success stories and good practices.

Nevertheless, shortcomings identified in the 2013 meta-analysis of project evaluations provide useful feedback. The ILO faces significant challenges, both internally and externally, including the following:


  • Scaling up interventions and designing larger and more integrated programmes by using pooled resources and appropriate time-frames. This would lead to more coherent programme designs with greater attention to priorities for lasting results.
  • Developing easy-to-use core tools and products that can reach a larger audience and expand outreach in a shorter period of time.
  • Strengthening the application of results-based management (RBM). Decent Work Country Programmes should be evaluated and RBM-oriented, which requires boosting the use of performance monitoring through the systematic collection of baseline data and greater integration of indicators into the operational management of technical cooperation programmes.
  • Bridging capacity gaps to facilitate ILO engagement with countries and constituents in the medium to long to achieve sustainable results. An initial analysis of differing country service needs is essential.
  • Creating better planning systems and working methods, which include short, medium and long-term planning.
  • Developing an effective knowledge management system that leads to delivering timely, relevant and quality services.
  • Creating a new ILO technical cooperation strategy in line with the new realities of development cooperation.


  • Strengthening the capacity of constituents to promote leadership and effective participation, leading to reinforced ownership.
  • Offering competitive services that range from advice on policies, strategies and programmes to support legal frameworks and institutional capacity building, to enhance the ILO brand, and raise the profile of the ILO’s support in countries.
  • Better integrating DWCP priorities into United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) and Poverty Reduction Strategies. Improving knowledge-sharing and expanding partnerships are strategic elements needed to ensure the Decent Work Agenda is put into practice, everywhere.