ILO in Africa

  • Child Labour and Forced Labour

    Taking forward Alliance 8.7 in sub-Saharan Africa

    “In order to advance Alliance 8.7, we can no longer do business as usual”, said ILO Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chuma, at the opening of a two-day regional consultation on child labour and forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference aims to agree on concrete continental actions in preparation for the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour (November 2017, Argentina).

  • 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. Creating decent jobs for a rapidly expanding young African labour force

    18 August 2017

    Within the next 15 years, some 375 million young people will become of working age in Africa, equivalent to the current population of Canada and the United States combined. By 2050, nearly one in three young people will be living in sub-Saharan Africa, and most of them simply cannot afford not to work.

  2. ILO Director-General: BRICS countries play a key role in tackling global world of work challenges

    27 July 2017

    Guy Ryder has renewed the ILO’s commitment to supporting BRICS countries as they address social and economic issues.

  3. Taking forward Alliance 8.7 in sub-Saharan Africa

    21 June 2017

    “In order to advance Alliance 8.7, we can no longer do business as usual”, said ILO Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chuma, at the opening of a two-day regional consultation on child labour and forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference aims to agree on concrete continental actions in preparation for the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour (November 2017, Argentina).

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.