ILO in Africa

  • © 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.

  • Africa: Women in the world of work

    The ILO will mark the 2017 International Women's Day by joining the UN Women, the European Union and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in a high level panel dedicated to women and equality at the workplace to be held on March 09 2017 at the the Houphouet Boigny University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  • ILO calls for urgent action to tackle inequality through social protection

    ILO Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chuma underlined the need for innovative social protection policy interventions to tackle rising inequalities and working poverty in Africa.

  • Non-standard forms of employment

    Regulatory reforms are needed to improve the quality of non-standard jobs

    Africa’s structure of employment continues to stand in sharp contrast to that in much of the rest of the world. The region remains characterized by limited wage employment, high informality and a large agricultural sector: ILO Report

  • Guy Ryder re-elected as ILO Director-General for a second term

    Guy Ryder has been re-elected by the Governing Body of the ILO for another five-year term that will start officially on 1 October 2017.

What's new

  1. © Rajendra Shaw / Oxfam 2017

    International Women's Day 2017

    The ILO marked International Women’s Day with the launch of a ground-breaking new report which provides a global snapshot of attitudes about women and work for the first time ever. The report, which is based on data from the Gallup World Poll, was launched a special event at Gallup headquarters in Washington D.C. Speakers included actor, producer and activist Eva Longoria.

  2. © Caia Image /Science Photo Lib. 2017

    Most women prefer to be working and the majority of men agree, ILO-Gallup report shows

    08 March 2017

    New landmark report clearly shows that concerns regarding gender equality and achieving a better work-family balance resonate around the world.

  3. Africa: Women in the world of work

    06 March 2017

    The ILO will mark the 2017 International Women's Day by joining the UN Women, the European Union and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in a high level panel dedicated to women and equality at the workplace to be held on March 09 2017 at the the Houphouet Boigny University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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

    HIV/ADIS

    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.