ILO Workshop: “South-South Cooperation for Decent Work in Africa” (Casablanca, 11-12 May 2017)

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The aim of this regional tripartite workshop is to review and eventually validate the paper “South-South Cooperation: Africa’s Role and Contribution – a Framework for ILO Engagement”. It will take place in Casablanca on 11-12 May 2017.

The paper was commissioned by the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) with the intention to develop a framework for ILO’s engagement in support of South-South cooperation, in areas that are related to the Decent Work Agenda in Africa. Within the context of this assignment a questionnaire was sent to all ILO constituents in the 54 African member States to assess the role and contribution of African nations as providers and beneficiaries of South-South cooperation. Some 14 questionnaires from 13 countries were returned with the requested information. In addition, the consultant recruited for this assignment visited relevant institutions and partners in five African countries, namely Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa, to collect additional information. Moreover, the consultant undertook an extensive desk review of literature and web sites related to South-South cooperation.

The paper comprises two parts of more or less equal length:

  • Part I provides an overview of the status, modalities and actors of South-South and triangular cooperation in Africa, and of the role of African institutions, the UN and the ILO in fostering SSC in Africa.
  • Part II presents the parameters and content of the proposed ILO Framework on South-South Cooperation for Decent Work in Africa.

Both parts focus on the role of African countries as providers of development cooperation on the continent and elsewhere. The framework proposed in part II is consistent with ILO’s overall Development Cooperation Strategy 2015-2017, which calls for the diversification of partnerships and funding sources.