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. Joint Programme on Labour Migration Governance for Development and Integration in Africa (JLMP)

    1 January 2010 - 31 December 2030


  1. Improving Occupational Safety and Health and Access to Social Protection for Workers in the Agri-Business Sectors

    1 December 2023 - 30 November 2028

    The project funded by Eni supports the improvement of occupational safety and health and access to social protection, in particular in the area of health, for workers in the agri-business supply chain of Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire.

  2. Youth for Future (Y4F): Youth Empowerment and Integration in Host Communities

    1 September 2020 - 30 November 2028

    The project is implemented by the ILO and UNICEF, and works on a three-pronged approach that combines skills development and career guidance services, capacity development of key stakeholders and policy engagement to improve livelihood opportunities and strengthen the socio-economic resilience of young migrants, refugees, and youth in host communities.


  1. Skills Development for Increased Employability Programme

    2 January 2023 - 31 December 2026

    The four-year Skills Development for Increased Employability Programme (SDEP), launched in 2023, strengthens the relevance, quality and governance of the TEVET system, and encourages greater participation of the private sector in skills development initiatives that respond to the needs of industry, in a greener economy. Funded through a partnership agreement with the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Zambia is working to support the Government and private actors to focus on the governance and management structures of Zambia’s Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) system and to support the upgrading and maintenance of training facilities and curriculum development. Private sector involvement plays an important role in updating curricula and for the promotion of Work Based Learning (WBL) interventions. The overall objective is to contribute towards improving employability of the labour force for both women and men in Zambia and supporting the TEVET system towards producing relevant skills that match the needs of the industry by the year 2026.

  2. CLEAR Supply Chains: Ending child labour in supply chains

    1 May 2023 - 30 September 2026

    The inter-agency project "Ending child labour in supply chains: Addressing the root causes of child labour in supply chains through an area-based approach" (CLEAR Supply Chains), funded by the European Commission, brings together the ILO, as the leading agency, FAO, ITC and UNICEF to jointly address the root causes of child labour, with a primary focus on the coffee supply chain, and to leverage existing efforts in the minerals supply chain, particularly in cobalt.


  1. Opportunity Salone Programme

    1 November 2021 - 31 December 2025

    The Opportunity Salone Programme aims at job creation and job quality improvement with a focus on women and youth in Sierra Leone. It supports infrastructure improvement and immediate job creation through feeder road maintenance and longer term job creation in agricultural value chains in four districts.

  2. Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work Programme South Africa

    1 January 2021 - 31 December 2025

  3. Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work Programme Ghana

    1 January 2021 - 31 December 2025

  4. JLMP Lead (Labour, Employment and Mobility actions of the AU-ILO-IOM Programme on Labour Migration Governance for development and integration in Africa)

    1 January 2022 - 31 December 2025

  5. Supporting Progress on Labor Standards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    15 December 2021 - 14 April 2025