Programmes and projects

Technical cooperation programmes and projects implemented are one of the main means of action to support constituents in promoting decent work in the African region and to give effect to the Decent Work Agenda in Africa 2007-15.

Since 2002, a total of 560 technical cooperation programmes and projects have been approved for the African region, with a total budget of US$545.2 million. Practically all countries in the region have benefited from such interventions. As of December 2011, there were 205 active technical cooperation projects being managed by the ILO in the African region.


  1. Employment creation through Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) development

    1 June 2011 - 30 June 2014

    The overall project objective is to create decent employment opportunities for historically disadvantaged population groups in Free StateProvince. The overall project outcome is sustainable community-based small businesses that have created at least 5,000 decent jobs.

  2. Promotion of Decent Work in the South African Transport Sector (Phase 1)

    1 June 2011 - 30 June 2014

    The project is aimed at boosting the competitiveness in the transport sector of a key industry player namely Transnet, by focussing on Transnet Port Terminals and more specifically at Durban Container Terminal during phase 1. It is anticipated that over the duration of the project and through a combination of interventions, determined by way of social dialogue and ranging from workplace improvement measures to functional and technical/vocational skills training, the aims of the project shall be achieved.

  3. Promoting the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Social Dialogue in Egypt

    16 August 2008 - 1 June 2014

    The project aims to promote appropriate legal environment and a culture of consultation and dialogue based on the fundamental rights at work embodied in ILO Declaration of 1998, and in particular Freedom of Association and the Right to collective Bargaining

  4. Eliminating child labour in West Africa and strengthening sub-regional cooperation through ECOWAS (ECOWAS II) Project

    31 December 2010 - 30 April 2014

  5. Eliminating child labour in West Africa and strengthening sub-regional cooperation through ECOWAS (ECOWAS I) Project

    30 September 2009 - 30 April 2014

  6. Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the World of Work in Brazil, Angola, South Africa India, China (BASIC)

    1 May 2012 - 31 March 2014

    This project aims to tackle sex-based discrimination and promote workplaces where women and men enjoy equal rights and respect, as well as equal opportunities and treatment.

  7. Support to employment in Mozambique

    31 March 2013 - 31 March 2014

    Forging a policy dialogue and a coordinated approach on employment Strengthen national partners’ capacities and equip them with a common understanding of employment challenges.

  8. Prevention of child recruitment and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and groups in south central Somalia

    1 October 2012 - 31 March 2014

    Providing jobs to former child soldiers of legal working age is of key importance to ensure their sustainable reintegration into society and to prevent them from being re-recruited by armed forces or groups or from engaging in exploitative work

  9. The promotion of Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment in Somalia

    1 August 2012 - 28 February 2014

    The EU Gender project supports the promotion of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the workplace in Somalia through economic participation supporting broader equality and participation.


  1. Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP)

    1 December 2010 - 31 December 2013

    The Ghana Social Opportunities project aims to improve targeting in social protection spending; increasing access to cash transfers nationwide; and expand employment and cash-earning opportunities for the rural poor during the agricultural off-season. It is a complex project with a vast number of stakeholders and fields of operations.