Financial instruments and institutions help create jobs and reduce the vulnerability of the working poor. They complement policies that target the labour market. Decent work recognizes the role of the financial sector for social justice. It advocates alliances with financial institutions, particularly those that combine social and financial goals.

A good illustration of this is microfinance, a strategy that provides savings, insurance and loans to help the working poor and their families gain financial security and cope with risk. The Social Finance Programme provides services to ILO constituents in the following four areas: integrating financial and social policies, creating a conducive environment for investment and employment, reducing the vulnerability of the poor, and strengthening the capacity of the social partners to inform, advise and help their constituents.


  1. Women entrepreneurs

    From market seller to managing director in Côte d’Ivoire

    16 March 2015

  2. Resource list

    Key Resources from the Social Finance Programme

    17 February 2015

  3. ILO research project

    How microfinance develops decent work

    17 February 2015