IGAD Member States covered

The eight countries that make up the IGAD regional economic community form a vast and complex region. Despite differences, the countries share a number of challenges and opportunities as they move towards regional integration. While several countries have experienced strong economic growth in recent years, this is yet to translate into significant job creation.

  1. Djibouti

  2. Ethiopia

  3. Kenya

  4. Somalia

  5. South Sudan

  6. Sudan

  7. Uganda

Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD Region: Improving opportunities for regular labour mobility

The ILO is implementing a project on “Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD Region: Improving Opportunities for Regular Labour Mobility” in collaboration with IGAD as a core element of “Towards Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD region” program financed by the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF).

The overall objective of the project is to improve opportunities for regulated labour mobility and decent work within the IGAD. It cover five result areas that promote good governance of labour migration and mobility:
  • Knowledge and Evidence Generated
  • Capacity of Key Labour Market Actors Increased.
  • Rights-Based Approach to Labour Migration Governance Promoted
  • Tripartism and Social Dialogue Strengthened
  • Youth Skilling and Employment Initiative (YSEI).    More

Upcoming activities

The FMPT project is about to release the following series of studies, as part of its knowledge generation component.

  1. Labour market analysis in the IGAD region

    Seven national reports and the regional one: assess labour markets of IGAD Member States in particular on how migrant workers needs are integrated. Virtual workshops will take place from 5 - 30 November 2020 to present the findings and discuss the way forward implementing the recommendations.

  2. Impact of COVID 19 on migrant workers in IGAD: A regional perspective

    The ILO and IGAD launched a regional assessment of the impact of COVID 19 on migrant workers, covering the IGAD region. The report captures major trends and findings on the impact of COVID 19 on migrant workers in and from the IGAD Region, with a view to gain a better understanding of how migrant workers in terms of  states and other actors support. The findings of the report will be discussed during a regional virtual workshop on 30 November 2020.

  3. Regional guidelines for effective Bilateral Labour Agreement (BLAs) in the IGAD Region

    The FMPT project commissioned an assessment of BLAs in the IGAD MS, to propose practical guidelines to MS to improve not only how BLAs are developed in the region but also negotiated for better protection of migrant workers within and form the IGAD region. The practical guidelines on BLAs will be presented during virtual regional workshop on 9 December 2020.