ILO in Africa

  • Press release

    ILO and SDC launch new programme to protect migrant workers in vulnerable situations in the Arab States, with a focus on workers from Africa

    The FAIRWAY Programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by ILO, responds to the need to ensure decent work for migrant workers, including in sectors where they are at high risk of exploitation, such as in domestic work, construction and hospitality, and will support interregional collaboration between countries in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Press release

    ILO and ITU pledge to support job creation for young people in the digital sector in Côte d'Ivoire

    ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, March 9, 2020 – On the occasion of a high-level mission in Côte d'Ivoire, Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa at the ILO, and Andrew Rugege, Regional Director for Africa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), reaffirmed the commitment of their respective institutions to promote youth employment in the digital sector through the initiative “Boosting decent jobs and enhancing skills for youth in Africa’s digital economy”.

  • Press release

    International Labour Organization reaffirms its commitment to assist and support the G5 Sahel

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, 28 February 2020 – The seventh Council of Ministers of member countries of the G5 Sahel opened Sunday, February 23 in Nouakchott as a prelude of the sixth Summit of Heads of State held on February 25 in the Mauritanian capital.

  • Youth employment

    What happened when I left university with the wrong skills

    Like many newly-minted graduates before me, I realized very quickly after leaving university that the types of jobs available to me were not as plentiful as those for friends who had studied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

  • 14th African regional meeting

    Abidjan Declaration to shape the future of work in Africa

    The ILO's 14th Africa Regional Meeting has concluded with the adoption of a new declaration calling for investment in decent job creation, the institutions of work and sustainable growth in order to achieve a human-centred future of work in Africa.

  • 14th African Regional Meeting

    Advancing Social Justice: Shaping the future of work in Africa

    As a prelude to its 14th African Regional Meeting, the ILO releases the report of the Director-General, Guy Ryder, on the labour situation in Africa over the last four years, and prospects for the future of work on the continent.

  • ILO-supported national initiatives win policy ‘Oscars’

    Initiatives developed through the ILO-supported Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) programme and the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) have been recognized in the 2019 Future Policy Awards.

  • “100 Years, 100 Lives” in Africa

    The ILO has been providing support - directly or indirectly - to millions of people over the last 100 years globally and over the last 60 years in Africa. Through this “100 years, 100 lives” initiative, we would like you to meet 100 of those people, whose lives have been positively impacted by our work.

What's new

  1. ILO 'Better Work' guidelines for factories in the garment sector

    02 April 2020

  2. © Bart Versteeg 2020

    Next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    27 January 2020

    A major conference takes place this week in the Netherlands that aims to set out the next steps in ending child labour in global supply chains. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took part in a panel discussion at the conference, which has been organized by the Dutch government in collaboration with the ILO, the Global March Against Child Labour and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

  3. African countries commit to roadmap to shape the future of work on the continent

    06 December 2019

    The ILO's 14th Africa Regional Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, concluded with a Declaration reaffirming the need for a human-centred strategy

Key resources

  1. 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.

  2. 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″

  3. Report

    Labour Migration Statistics in Africa

    A first of its kind study spearheaded by the African Union and the ILO to efficiently respond to the current deficit in official and reliable migration data.

  4. 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.

  5. Labour Migration

    Labour Migration Governance in Africa

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