Decent Work and Income Security for Women through Inclusive Growth and Investments in the Care Economy (ILO and UN Women)

Decent work and income security for women is the objective of Switzerland’s contribution to the joint ILO/UN Women programme. It will bring gender into the focus of macro-level and national policy planning, helping to translate global research into national action. Switzerland supports this systemic approach as it strengthens the economic independence of women and men. Switzerland provides direct channels to link the international policy dialogue in Geneva with countries in the global South.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Emploi & développement économique

Organisations et institutions pour l'égalité des femmes
Politique du secteur publique
Création d'emplois
15.06.2020 - 30.06.2023
CHF  2’000’000
Contexte In line with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the principle of leaving no one behind, achieving gender-equitable inclusive growth is a fundamental objective of development policy. Gender-equitable inclusive growth is a pattern and process of growth that ensures prosperity is shared between men and women in ways that reduce gender inequality. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has made these disparities even more clear and will have devastating impacts on women and girls around the world. From employment losses and income insecurity to an increase in their unpaid care work. The area of intervention of the joint programme remains relevant in this context and will be further adjusted to understand the gender employment impacts of COVID-19 and to design gender-responsive fiscal stimulus packages, including investments in the care economy.
Objectifs The joint programme of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have tackled critical bottlenecks to women’s access to decent work and income security and through this contributed to the overall impact of achieving gender-equitable inclusive growth.
Groupes cibles

The direct beneficiaries of the planned interventions by UN Women and ILO will be the governments of the six participating pilot countries, as well as other national stakeholders (such as development practitioners, civil society representatives and actors from the private sector).

Indirect beneficiaries are women and men, boys and girls in the participating countries that will benefit from more gender equality in employment through gender-equitable economic plans and policies (including labour market policies) and investments in the care economy.

Effets à moyen terme

-    Outcome 1: Political consensus of national governments and
     relevant stakeholders to adopt macro-level economic policy
     accelerators that support gender-equitable inclusive growth is created.

-    Outcome 2: Relevant ministries adopt sectoral and industrial
     policies that address occupational and sectoral segregation of women.

-    Outcome 3: National governments and relevant ministries
     scaled-up investments in care service provision.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

6 pilot countries incorporate gender into inclusive
growth strategies, development plans and/or
national employment plans.

6 pilot countries have policies that address
the sectoral and occupational segregation
of women.

6 pilot countries earmark additional
investments and policies for the provision
of care services.

240 policy makers and development
practitioners with increased knowledge
on gender-equitable inclusive growth

7 policy tools developed, adapted and
applied to a national context, per pilot

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Entité des Nations Unies pour l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation des femmes

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Coordination and synergies with other projects and actors will differ in each pilot country and will be a focus of the inception phase in each. It is a high priority for Switzerland that in all pilot countries synergies with existing projects from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) are leveraged, especially in the area of engaging the private sector. The country-level projects will involve various international development actors such as Regional Development Banks or the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

At a global level, SDC will leverage existing synergies with SECO’s institutional partnership with the ILO and their expertise in the areas of labour market and macro-economic policy. Experiences and lessons learnt from the project will inform the policy dialogue at a global level. 

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    2’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’462’500 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    6’077’925