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. Rural Youth Enterprise for Food Security Programme

    1 September 2014 - 28 February 2019

    The Decent Jobs for Employment and Improved Food Security Programme is aimed at creating decent jobs for through the development of sustainable rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The programme had a target of creating 3,000 jobs for young people and to improve the performance of 5,000 rural and peri-urban enterprises. Early on the project highlighted the focus on enterprise development for income for youths through employment or self-employment in the belief that increased income would lead to greater food security. To better reflect the youth entrepreneurship emphasis the project re-branded as Yapasa – Youth in Agribusiness.


  1. GHANA : Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies (STRENGTHEN)

    1 September 2014 - 31 December 2018

    The project aims to strengthen the employment dimension in sectoral and trade policies and programmes with better analysis, more coherent policy-making, and enhanced implementation to encourage employment creation and upgrading.

  2. Improving industrial relations for decent work and sustainable development of the textile and garment industry in Ethiopia

    1 September 2015 - 31 December 2018

  3. Support to the Reintegration of Returnees in Ethiopia

    1 January 2015 - 31 December 2018

    The project aims at improving labour migration governance in Ethiopia and assisting returned migrants to secure productive employment and decent work.

  4. Advancing the Decent Work Agenda in North Africa (ADWA') - Pilot Phase

    2 July 2017 - 30 November 2018

    This project takes an innovative but informed and measured take at improving policy design, monitoring and evaluation for decent work in North Africa.

  5. Implementing innovations in social protection

    1 January 2014 - 30 June 2018

    This programme will model innovations in social protection programming to inform the development, design, targeting, and management of nationally owned solutions for reducing poverty and vulnerability and building resilient livelihoods.

  6. Capacity of Egyptian Government, Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations Strengthened to Combat Child Labour

    1 April 2016 - 30 April 2018

    ILO will continue its work in supporting the national constituents in combating child labour with high emphasis on its worst forms.

  7. Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED)

    1 January 2014 - 30 April 2018

    The Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AFTIAS) provides a platform for targeted trade reforms at regional and country levels. It is a partnership of twenty-two Arab countries (members of the League of Arab States "LAS"), and five UN agencies ILO, ITC, UNIDO, UNCTAD and UNDP. The ILO implements the STED methodology for the selected sectors.

  8. Promoting Worker Rights and Competitiveness in Egyptian Exports Industries

    1 June 2013 - 31 March 2018

    The project focuses on improving outcomes for employers and workers in Egypt's labour- intensive export sectors, particularly the ready-made garment (RMG), textiles and food processing sectors.


  1. Social Protection Floor Assessment Based National Dialogue, Egypt

    1 December 2015 - 31 December 2017

    ILO undertakes a Social Protection Floor (SPF) assessment which would result in achieving a basic level of social protection for all and a decent and dignified life.