DWT/CO–Pretoria: ILO DWT for Eastern and Southern Africa and Country Office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini


  • International Labour Conference


    110th Session of the International Labour Conference


    From 27 May to 11 June, Governments’, Workers’ and Employers’ representatives from 187 ILO Member States discuss world of work issues at the International Labour Conference (ILC).
    This year, occupational safety and health, apprenticeships, as well as the social and solidarity economy are among the items on the agenda of the Conference.

Key resources

  1. Publication

    South Africa's Social and Solidarity Economy

    Alignment of the policy with national, regional and international frameworks

  2. Publication

    South Africa's Social Solidarity Economy

     An evaluation of the policy Development Process

  3. Publication

    South Africa’s social and solidarity economy

    A study of its characteristics and conditions

  4. Publication

    Identifying barriers to formalization


      A snapshot of key challenges in South Africa’s informal economy, including in times of Covid-19, and suggested measures on how to get policies and incentive structures right

  5. Publication

    South Africa Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID-19

    The report focuses on the clothing and textiles and e-commerce sectors (online retail, banking, and insurance), which were identified as sectors that have either been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or are experiencing a spike in demand for specific occupations and top-up skills.
    Acknowledging the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on youth and women, rapid assessment put a special focus on the training, reskilling, and upskilling, since they are vulnerable to labour market downturns.

  6. Publication

    Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID 19 crisis: Namibia

    This report presents the findings of the rapid assessment, which, was conducted in the agriculture, blue economy, and tourism sectors.
    The report provides practical and actionable recommendations that can assist the Country to limit the career scarring effects of the pandemic on workers through among other things, provision of skilling and reskilling supports.

  7. Publication

    Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID-19: Kenya

    This report presents the findings of the rapid assessment with a clear analysis of the effects of pandemic on assessed sectors. The report provides practical recommendations that can help to limit the career-scarring effects of the pandemic on the labour forces through provision of skilling and reskilling interventions.

  8. Publication

    Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID-19 in Ghana: Evidence from the agriculture, construction, tourism & hospitality and other sectors

    This report presents a clear analysis of the findings for the rapid assessment and provides concreate and practical recommendations aimed at limiting the career scarring effects of the pandemic on the labour force through provision of upskilling and reskilling measures.

  9. Publication

    Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID-19: Zambia

    Under the auspices of the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA), the ILO support the Country to conducted a rapid skill assessment of the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the mining, manufacturing, energy, tourism, and education and training sectors of Zambia.

  10. Publication

    Rapid assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs arising from the effects of the COVID-19: Baseline study for Cameroon

    The Cameroonian economy was among the hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic in Central Africa. The objective of the assessment was to identify the skills that will be needed for economic recovery.

  11. Publication

    National Employment Policy for Botswana

     The Policy is intended to inspire and raise national aspirations of achieving high economic and employment growth to meet the needs of Batswana. 

  12. Publication

    Rapid Assessment of Skilling and Reskilling needs arising from the effects of Covid-19. South Africa

    This Rapid Skills Assessment was undertaken by the International Labour Organization (ILO), under the auspices of the Skills Anticipation Component of the Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA), Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD).
    The SIFA Programme is financed by the European Union and the German Government and is executed under the leadership of the German Development Agency (GIZ).

  13. Publication

    The role of business in South Africa's transition to democracy

    In 2019 the ILO and the University of Pretoria‘s Centre for Mediation in Africa/Department of Political Sciences embarked on a project to capture this story. The stories from those responsible individuals are captured through video interviews and are now available on a specially hosted website. 

  14. Publication

    Masoyise Health Programme

    The publication highlights details of how the processes through multiple ministries, sectors, and partners come together to address the factors contributing to TB, HIV and AIDS in the world of work.

  15. A guide

    A Guide to Finance For Social Enterprises in South Africa

    This guide to finance is aimed at Social Enterprises that need to access funding to grow and scale their enterprise.

  16. Best practice case studies from South Africa

    In South Africa, social economy enterprises have grown in number, with increased interest in the sector as a way to provide decent employment and social protection.

The ILO is supporting the Government of South Africa's Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

  1. The ILO is supporting the Government of South Africa's Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

    EPWP is one of the Government's initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges of Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality. The programme's objectives include job creation through Government expenditure in the provision of basic infrastructure and selected social services.

FEATURE

  1. “ASPYEE, A continental platform to influence policy and practice”

    The African Skills Portal for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (ASPYEE) is a continental knowledge sharing platform which enables practitioners and policy makers across the African continent to share, collaborate engage with each other. The platform aims to strengthen mechanisms to foster peer learning, knowledge exchange, and capacity building on the continent.
    ASPYEE provides a platform to promote African-owned, innovative approaches derived from experience from the field and research. Reflecting on African good practice, successes and lessons learnt from the field is fundamental to grow an evidence-based knowledge repository to further the African Union’s agenda on skills and employment. The online platform advocates for dialogue across a diverse stakeholder group in the ecosystem, bringing together demand-side needs and supply-side responses.
    ASPYEE forms part of the Skills Initiative For Africa programme, which is implemented by the African Union Commission (AUC) and African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD).

    Visit the ASPYEE website to learn more.

    Contact us on: aspyee@nepad.org