Sustainable Development Programme


Sustainable Development Programme

Inclusive and sustainable growth for global partners


This programme takes action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the framework of the 2030 Agenda by providing training to promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability. 

It focuses in particular on Goal 8, which aims to create inclusive economic growth and decent work for all. Activities are designed and delivered in partnership with the ILO, UN agencies, and other international institutions, such as the World Bank, regional development banks, and universities.

Training activities include standard and tailor-made courses at the Centre and in the field.

The programme assists in and guides the design, implementation, and evaluation of development projects. It also provides advisory services for public procurement reform at the legal, institutional, and managerial levels.

Public procurement management is one of the cornerstones of good governance. It cuts across all economic sectors and, in most countries, constitutes a quarter of the GDP. 

There are proven strategies and instruments for embedding social, environmental, and human rights at each step of the procurement process. Effective management, regulation, and monitoring of these systems can enhance market competition and sustainable development. 

Socially- and environmentally-responsible national procurement systems stay up to date with legal frameworks, global markets, and tendering systems. Integrity, ethics, and fairness are required throughout the tendering process.

For nearly 30 years, the Centre has offered training courses for the modernization and reform of national procurement systems. These courses aim to upgrade procurement management at the legislative, institutional, and operational levels.

Project cycle management provides an analytical and decision-making framework for trained staff to realize project goals and, simultaneously, implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on the principles of results-based management and the logical framework approach, project cycle management ensures that projects are relevant, feasible, and effective. For the ILO, results-based management often requires a tripartite approach and includes decent work outcomes.

The project life cycle comprises identification, design, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. As projects are implemented in dynamic situations, managers must collect and analyse data and adapt projects accordingly.

Each project is unique in context and strategy. The Centre is a place for managers to share lessons learned to improve the design and implementation of future interventions.

The human-centred 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide the international community with a framework to overcome today's biggest challenges, including those in the world of work. 

Goal 8 aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.”

The Centre’s training activities aim to strengthen the capacity of ILO constituents and stakeholders to analyze the link between decent work and sustainable development. It also focuses on formulating and implementing new strategies to provide decent work for all.

Sustainable development requires that economic growth supports social progress. In the private sector, as well as some organizations in the public sector, these issues are embraced through corporate social responsibility.

Want to talk?

Sustainable Development Programme

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin – Italy
+39 011 693 6512