ILO in Africa

  • Our impact, their voices

    Women entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe strive for a brighter future

    A new generation of female African entrepreneurs is beginning to spring up across the continent. In Zimbabwe, an ILO project is improving living conditions of women and their families in rural areas by promoting entrepreneurship.

  • Our impact, their voices

    Young entrepreneurs in Tanzania: Where are they now?

    The ILO Kazi Nje Nje BDS apprenticeship programme for young people created 51,489 new businesses and 28,834 jobs in sectors including retail, services, manufacturing and agriculture.

  • Future of Work

    Landmark Future of Work event kicks off at ILO

    Policy thinkers from around the globe gather at the ILO for a two-day conference on the Future of Work starting on Thursday. The event is open to an online public, who can watch the entire conference in streaming and use social media to interact with the panellists.

  • © Christine Bedenis, Challenging Heights

    International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 25 March

    Caught in slavery's nets - testimony of a child in slavery

    On Ghana’s Lake Volta, thousands of children are exploited in the fishing industry, forced to carry out dangerous jobs that put their lives at risk. ​Here is the story of a boy who managed to escape.

What's new

  1. © GC Communication 2017

    How Kenya’s construction industry boosts green jobs and housing

    26 May 2017

    Innovative ILO project aims to reduce Kenya’s vulnerability to climate risks and improve livelihoods among traditional pastoralist communities.

  2. Making South–South cooperation work for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

    11 May 2017

    Mainstreaming South–South cooperation into African countries’ development strategies will ensure that it improves the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’s Goals. The ILO supports the process through a dialogue on a new framework for South-South Cooperation that gives center-stage to Africa’s role and contribution.

  3. Morocco to host an ILO South-South Cooperation and Decent Work Workshop in Africa

    08 May 2017

    The International Labour Organisation will hold a tripartite validation workshop on a new framework for South-South Cooperation with a renewed focus on Africa’s role and contribution in Casablanca, Morocco on 11-12 May 2017.

Key resources

  1. Social protection

    Social protection for social cohesion

    Why Social protection is not a luxury but an investment in productivity for Africa’s sustainable development.

  2. Labour Migration

    Labour Migration Governance in Africa

    How to link migration and mobility issues of Africa with sustainable development goals.

  3. The ILO helps protect rights and
deliver HIV prevention, treatment, care and support


    Fighting AIDS and transforming lives in Africa

    The ILO, in partnership with Sida, implemented an innovative economic empowerment program for vulnerable communities in Southern and East Africa.