Skills development partnerships in the Global South: A global event - an initiative led by Africa.

Article | On-line | 03 December 2020
34 countries of the Global South were invited to participate in the event.
Global, 3 December 2020 – The ILO's SKILLS Branch in Geneva, the Regional Office for Africa, the Partnerships and Field Support Department and the ILO’s International Training Centre (ITC) joined forces to promote south-south and triangular cooperation in Africa and beyond. Leveraging different digital tools, the Office designed a comprehensive programme of e-collaboration, which kicked off on Thursday 3 December with a technical webinar, to which tripartite constituents of 34 countries from the Global South were invited.

The ILO’s Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa, Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon welcomed the 110 participants to the e-forum. The Regional Director highlighted the importance of South-South and Triangular cooperation to promote international development. She called on countries to foster skills development partnerships among the global South, to promote knowledge sharing among renowned TVET institutions and to foster a permanent intercultural dialogue, which could help bringing cultures together and promote inclusive and sustainable development.

During the event, participants exchanged their development challenges in three thematic groups: apprenticeships, digital skills and anticipation of skills needs. Participants also exchanged successful good practices on South-South and Triangular cooperation, among these:
  • EU’s solutions on Apprenticeships and Digital Skills
  • SFIVET TVET-industry collaboration
  • SENATI-SENAI-GIZ green skills development
  • TESDA's solutions on Digital Skills
Representatives of participating institutions proposed to the plenary innovative solutions. The Apprenticeships Group discussed the importance of developing guidance on incentives and contracts through social dialogue. Moreover, the group called for focused capacity building of both mentors’ and apprentices’ institutional support. In addition, they suggested defining consistent curricula for trainers, especially for countries where the informal economy is considerably large.

Referring to the provision of digital skills, participants called for the exchange of sustainable energy solutions among countries. The group suggested the establishment of centres of expertise for the training of teachers and trainers in online and distance learning. They also highlighted the potential of establishing a South-South and triangular cooperation TVET network.

Finally the Group on Skills Anticipation suggested to focus on sectoral approaches and on specific groups (e.g. youth) and called for initiating a discussion on career guidance for young people and job seekers.

The webinar discussions will continue over the next weeks through an e-discussion, during which participants are invited to share and identify potential partnerships at the sectoral and thematic levels. The event will be followed by the first of its type ILO Digital Skills Fair using augmented reality (AR), to be hosted in early 2021.