Events and meetings
1 - 9 April 2011
In preparation for the 17th AU Head of States Summit under the theme “Accelerate Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”, an African Youth Forum will take place - in partnership with ILO - from 1st to 9th April in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia as Pre-Summit event.
31 March - 1 April 2011
New policies for job creation and regional integration were high on the Agenda of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Employment and Labour Meeting of Ministers and Social Partners in Windhoek. Promoting an employment-rich growth, investing in workforce skills and protecting the most vulnerable are the way forward for SADC tripartite entities, suggested ILO Assistant Director General/Regional Director for Africa, Charles Dan. "Full employment should become a key macroeconomic objective alongside low inflation and sound fiscal accounts", stated Mr. Dan together with H.E. Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia.
29 March - 29 April 2011
President Mwai Kibaki and UN representatives in Kenya discussed the achievement of Millennium Development Goals and the development blueprint Vision 2030. The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF- 2009-2013) is designed to improve governance, reduce disparities and vulnerabilities, promote equitable economic growth and reduce poverty and hunger in the country. ILO Director Alexio Musindo informed the President on the UN Specialized Agency's work on the national employment policy, labour laws reforms, child labour, youth and women employment/entrepreneurship, East African Community protocol with a keen interest on free movement of labour, social protection, HIV/AIDS at the workplace, and youth employment.
25 March 2011
The ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility - supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - is now accepting applications for 6 new openings in its fellowship programme. The fellowships are aimed at giving insurance professionals the opportunity to develop in-depth microinsurance expertise over a 6-12 month period with a host organisation. Participants will receive support from the Facility and guidance from a mentor throughout the duration of the fellowship. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2011.
8 March 2011
The ILO, in collaboration with UN WOMEN, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day (IWD) in an award night to honor South African companies for their commitment to end sexual harassment in the world of work. South Africa is one of the few countries with specific provisions to address sexual harassment in the workplace.
3 March 2011
The European Union, the ILO Office and the Italian Department of Equal Opportunities organized in Abuja a First Joint Research Workshop on “Enhancing the cooperation to fight trafficking in human beings From Nigeria to Europe”. Italian and Nigerian Research teams shared their findings with project partners on trafficking for labour exploitation in both countries as well as the analysis of respective legislation. Italy is the main destination country for victims trafficked from Nigeria. The ILO estimates that 130,000 persons in Sub-Saharan African are victims of trafficking.
22 February 2011
ILO experts from North, West and the Horn of Africa as well as HQ are meeting in Addis Ababa to prepare a regional strategy and conference on "Employment for Peace, Stability and Development" in Africa. The interactive consultation process hosted by the ROAF will review crisis situations and responses to explore policy directions and partnerships.
17 February 2011
Botswana launched its Decent Work Country Program (DWCP) in Gaborone. The DWCP was signed by the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Hon. Peter Letlhogonolo Siele and Vic Van Vuuren, Director of the ILO, Machailo Ellis for BOCCIM and Allan Keitsing for BFTU.
ILO Africa interactive workshop on managing knowledge, harnessing synergies and fostering collaboration
16 - 18 February 2011
More than 50 ILO Chief Technical Advisors and National Project Coordinators in Africa are meeting in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Regional Office to discuss project achievements, share best practices and consolidate success stories with the aim of ensuring better delivery, stronger impact on the ground and enhanced capacity to mobilize resources.
Labour Administration: 37th Session ARLAC Governing Council Meeting for Ministers/High Level Symposium
7 - 11 February 2011
The ILO Assistant-Director General and Regional Director for Africa, Mr Charles Dan, attended the 37th Africa Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Governing Council Meeting for Ministers and a High Level Symposium on Elevating Labour Administration Systems to Key Contributors for Social Economic Development in Lusaka, Zambia. The Symposium discussed issues pertaining to Labour Administration's policy making capacity and its role in national development; Modernization of Labour Administration in the post - crisis environment; and Challenges of Labour Inspection.