Skills partnerships on migration

The ILO promotes skills partnerships for migration for more investment in skills development and recognition, including through the Global Skills Partnership on Migration (GSPM) jointly with IOM, UNESCO, ITUC and IOE

Web page | 12 June 2020
Skills partnerships are flagged by the Global Compact on Migration as an innovative mechanism for maximizing brain gain, increasing investments in the skills of migrant workers, and promoting fair migration. If designed well, they can bring benefits to workers, employers and governments both in origin and destination countries.

Ultimately, these partnerships help skills development systems become more inclusive, migration more demand-led and migrant workers better prepared, protected and able to utilize their skills.

The ILO together with its partners under the Global Skills Partnership on Migration (ILO/IOM/UNESCO/ITUC/IOE) promotes mutually beneficial skills partnerships among its constituents with a particular focus on women and youth.

Work of the partnership has included roundtables, conferences in selected regions, and joint publications. West Africa and the Sahel and Central Africa hosted the first tripartite consultations on skills partnerships on migration in 2019. The ILO prepared 13 background country studies and two sub-regional studies as inputs to the consultations, identifying the potential for skills partnerships on migration between different countries and skills institutions, including ministries, training providers, employment services, sectoral bodies and employers’ and workers’ organizations, supported by the SKILL-UP Programme.


     West Africa and Sahel  Central Africa             


Burkina Faso  Cameroon
Côte d’Ivoire Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo Equatorial Guinea
Gabon Mali
Mauritania Niger
Nigeria Senegal