Programmes and projects

Technical cooperation programmes and projects implemented are one of the main means of action to support constituents in promoting decent work in the African region and to give effect to the Decent Work Agenda in Africa 2007-15.

Since 2002, a total of 560 technical cooperation programmes and projects have been approved for the African region, with a total budget of US$545.2 million. Practically all countries in the region have benefited from such interventions. As of December 2011, there were 205 active technical cooperation projects being managed by the ILO in the African region.


  1. GHANA: SKILL-UP Ghana (Upgrading skills systems to strengthen inclusive trade and economic growth)

    1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022

    The SKILL-UP Ghana Project aims to move the TVET system from a supply to a demand-driven system by building on existing structures and strengthening institutional resources to promote a better understanding of the skills demanded in economic sectors. Currently in its second phase(II), the project PhaseI was implemented from 2018-2020.

  2. Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa (ACCEL AFRICA)

    15 November 2018 - 15 November 2022

    Through an integrated approach, the project seeks to promote enhanced national legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of Child Labour

  3. Improving Occupational Safety And Health In The Garment And Construction Supply Chains In Madagascar – A Vision Zero Fund Project – Phase II

    1 January 2020 - 30 September 2022

  4. Improving Occupational Safety And Health In The Garment And Construction Supply Chains In Madagascar – A Vision Zero Fund Project – Phase II

    1 January 2020 - 30 September 2022

    Implementation Phase

  5. University Centers for Career Development

    1 May 2018 - 30 September 2022

    The International Labour Organization has partnered with the American University in Cairo to enhance the capacity of already running University Centers for Career Development (UCCDs), increase the inclusiveness of UCCD services for students with disabilities and support the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative and qualitative labour market information relevant for career guidance and counselling.

  6. Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People: Tackling the Challenge Together in Damietta

    1 April 2019 - 31 May 2022

    The "Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP)– Tackling the Challenge in Damietta" is one-of-a-kind public private partnership enables the ILO Cairo Office and Egypt-Methanex to support Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 through addressing decent work.

  7. Inclusive Growth through Decent Work in the Great Rift Valley

    10 May 2018 - 31 May 2022

    This project promotes decent jobs through formal skills development and business development and community engagement.

  8. Public Private Development Partnership for Renewable Energy Skills Training and Women’s Economic Empowerment

    1 May 2018 - 29 April 2022

    The project is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the financial support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), in Somalia from May 2018 to April 2022. The project addresses two interrelated challenges to Somalia’s development: (1) barriers to women’s full economic empowerment and (2), the lack of access to affordable, renewably sourced energy.

  9. Promoting Employment in Nigeria (PEN) Project

    30 November 2020 - 31 March 2022

    The Promoting Employment in Nigeria (PEN) Project will support the Federal Government of Nigeria, social partners and other relevant stakeholders in strengthening the national employment governance framework and institutional capacity for the transition to decent work. The PEN Project is being implemented through the financial support of the German Government (GIZ). Building on previous collaboration between GIZ and ILO, including under the "Initiative on Employment, Labour Migration and Reintegration" (LMER), the project seeks to 1. Build the evidence base on employment promotion in Nigeria through an analysis of Nigeria's current labour market situation, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within a rapidly changing labour market. 2. Review the extent of implementation of the 2017 National Employment Policy and revise its Implementation Matrix in line with new requirements brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 3. Support public and private stakeholders at federal and state levels around the integration and reintegration of job seekers into the labour market, emphasizing the availability and accessibility of labour market information to address employment and reintegration strategies in the post-COVID-19 era. 4. Review of the National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX) in line with respective objectives of the National Employment Policy 5. Support the provision of employment services and information for job seekers.

  10. Institutionalizing social protection for accelerated SDG implementation in Nigeria

    1 January 2020 - 31 January 2022

    The Institutionalizing social protection for accelerated SDG implementation in Nigeria is funded by the “Joint UN SDG Fund.” The Project will strengthen social protection at the federal level in Nigeria. In addition, it will implement a social protection programme in Sokoto State to serve as a blueprint for other states.