ILO and Sida enhance decent work in North Africa

The International Labour Organization has signed a cooperation agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to further support the different dimensions of the decent work agenda in North Africa countries.

Press release | 05 November 2018
Stockholm (ILO News)- The ILO and Sida have signed a cooperation agreement for the 5-year project (2018-2023) on “Advancing the Decent Work Agenda in North Africa” (ADWAA). The agreement was signed today in Stockholm by Mr. Eric Oechslin, ILO Cairo Director (OIC), and Ms. Eva Smedberg, Head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Unit at Sida.

ILO Cairo Director, Mr. Eric Oechslin cleared that “The new ADWAA project will work to support evidence-based decision making for policies and programmes on the different dimensions of the decent work agenda”. He added that “Evidence generation and its effective use in policy making, enhanced knowledge management, capacity building, systems strengthening, and advocacy are the main strategies at the core of the project, along with wide range of partnership going from governments, parliaments, judges, the social partners, other national and regional actors and organizations and the private sector”.

The private sector plays a crucial role in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, including the SDG 8 on “Decent Work for All”. ”The private sector– through the collaboration between ILO and Ericsson AB and Volvo AB for ADWAA– will play an important role in the execution of the project, by supporting the implementation of the best practices in international labour standards," said Ms. Eva Smedberg, Head of the MENA Unit at Sida.

The project brings together public and private partners to improve access to decent work for all, with a focus on young people and women, the most vulnerable in the labour market of the region. The countries covered by ADWAA are: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.