ILO in Africa

  • ILO Director-General Houngbo visits Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

    The Director-General of the ILO, Gilbert F. Houngbo, will visit Accra in Ghana, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire from 20 to 24 February - his second visit to Africa. The Director-General will discuss current issues related to the world of work with government authorities and ILO partners and his vision for creating a Global Coalition for Social Justice.

  • © Photo: Moses Sanita/ ForumCiv

    Education empowered me to fight for women’s rights in Kenya

    When Mary Nkisonkoi was given an opportunity to advocate for women’s rights in her Maasai community, she aimed high and now represents women’s community groups across the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. We want women not to sleep but to wake up. Even those with pierced ears like me, our minds haven’t been pierced, we have the brains to advance forward!

  • Botswana ratifies two key conventions on labour inspection

    Botswana is joining the 148 other member States that have ratified Convention No. 81 and the 55 other member states that have ratified Convention No. 129. These Conventions call for an effective system of labour inspection in commerce and industry, as well as agriculture. They deal with the functions of the labour inspection system, which include the enforcement of legal provisions relating to conditions of work and the protection of workers; and the provision of information and advice to employers and workers on how they can best comply with the laws.

  • ILO Constituents Re-affirm the Importance of Social Dialogue as a path towards formalization and Decent Work for Youth in the Middle East and North Africa region

    The ILO Constituents agreed to a framework for action in the region on the 2nd day of the first regional meeting of the Social Dialogue for Formalization and Employability in the Southern Neighbourhood Region (SOLIFEM) Project, which took place in Algiers, in collaboration with the Algerian Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. SOLIFEM is co-financed by the European Union and the ILO.

  • The custom mercury-free gold milling plant established by the ILO in Guruve, Zimbabwe under the Youth and Women Empowerment Project

    ILO Regional Director for Africa Visits AfDB-ILO Custom Mercury Free Gold Milling Plant in Zimbabwe.

    As part of her mission to Zimbabwe, the Assistant Director General and Regional Director of the ILO, Ms Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, visited an AfDB funded project site in Guruve district, where the ILO has supported the establishment of a custom mercury free gold milling plant. ‘I would like to praise you for venturing into a sector dominated by men,’ said Ms. Samuel Olonjuwon, to the women artisanal miners.

  • Nigeria ratifies ILO conventions on occupational safety and health and on violence and harassment in the world of work

    Nigeria is the 29th country to ratify the Convention No. 187 promoting safe and healthy working environment and the 22nd to ratify the ILO Convention No. 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work. By ratifying Convention No. 187, Nigeria is confirming its commitment to the objective of improving occupational safety and health in a continuous and sustainable manner.

  • Discussions examined the impact of climate change on migration patterns and trends to and from the Arab Region and how these patterns impact different vulnerable groups on the move.

    The importance of just transitions and labour mobility as mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change

    The ILO, as one of the co-conveners of the Issue Based Coalition on Migration in the Arab region (IBC/M), participated in the online Regional Dialogue on Climate Change and Migration Nexus in the Arab Region on 24 and 25 October and organized a session on ‘Migration and labour mobility as an adaptation strategy to climate change and the importance of just transitions’, bringing together ILO’s tripartite constituents who explored the numerous linkages between climate change, migration and the labour market.

  • Didier Drogba, ILO and FIFPRO raise awareness among young football players of the risks of emigration

    A look back at the launch of the campaign to raise awareness among young Ivorian football players of the risks of ill-prepared emigration. The campaign is being run jointly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Didier Drogba and his Foundation, the International Federation of Professional Footballers' Associations (FIFPRO), and former Ivorian international footballers.

  • ILO in action

    Tunisia develops its social and solidarity economy

    In Tunisia, the ILO is working to develop the social and solidarity economy, particularly for young people and women in rural areas. Projects include JEUN’ESS, funded by the European Union and FORTER'ESS funded by the government of Canada. ILO project officer, Youssef Belhassen Fennira, explains.

What's new

  1. © Doumbia Youssouf 2023

    Sweet success for a honey trailblazer in Côte d’Ivoire

    18 August 2023

    When crisis hit Côte d’Ivoire, Cissé Marbré’s education hopes were dashed. Undeterred she persevered, and with the help of ILO business training is now a prize-winning entrepreneur producing honey sold across the country’s supermarkets.

  2. © Mesbaha Zein 2023

    Ensuring decent work for women in the mining industry in Africa

    20 July 2023

    An ILO regional tripartite meeting focused on advancing gender equality in a sector crucial to the continent's development.

Video Highlights

  1. Message from ILO Regional Office for Africa to mark the World Day against Child Labour 12 June 2020

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Key resources

  1. Report

    Promoting decent work in the African cultural and creative economy

    This report identifies the challenges and opportunities for promoting decent work in the African cultural and creative economy (CCE).

  2. Report

    Success Africa V: A brighter future of work in Africa

    This edition contains 38 stories covering the four dimensions of the Decent Work Agenda – standards and rights at work, employment creation and enterprise development, social protection and social dialogue – and all five sub-regions of the African continent.

  3. Report

    Report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa (Second Edition)

    This publication demonstrates the sustained commitment of the African Union Commission to provide member states, regional economic communities and partners with tools that can help them make meaningful decisions on migration governance.

  4. Wages in Africa

    Recent trends in average wages, gender pay gaps and wage disparities

    This study, which complements the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2018/19, focuses on wage trends in Africa.

  5. Success Africa IV

    Delivering excellent decent work results in Africa

    The ILO Regional Office for Africa launched its new flagship publication entitled "Success Africa IV: Working together for a better Africa"

  6. 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.

  7. Labour Migration

    Labour Migration Governance in Africa

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