Employers’ Organizations Guide on Fostering Labour Migration Governance in Africa


Employers’ Organizations Guide on Fostering Labour Migration Governance in Africa

A Capacity-building Toolkit

The course is available in English, Français
Introduction to the course

In recent years, the complexity and diversity of the migration narrative has spiralled at a rapid speed and direction due to the multitude of economic, environmental and political struggles that many countries in the African continent are facing. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this phenomenon. Despite its complexity, the benefits of labour migration can be shared between countries of origin and destination, as well as national and migrant workers, by ensuring access to decent and productive employment. The employers have an important stake in the type and scale of labour migration that takes place, as it expands the labour pool and brings diversity and much-needed skills, especially in those sectors where employers find it hard to retain or access local talent. Furthermore, employers can benefit from professional and ethical recruitment specialists who ensure access to talent and follow established compliance measures in delivering it.


This guide, funded by the Government of Sweden, is the culmination of an intense collaborative work between the IOE, ILO and the Business Advisory group on Migration, with valuable inputs and feedback from employers’ organisations in Africa in the drafting and finalization process. The self-guided toolkit is an interactive and user-friendly training material that reflects international and continental expertise, knowledge and best practices. It is intending to support EBMOs in Africa and their members to contribute substantively to labour migration policies, frameworks and governance, through enhanced dialogue with governments.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for officials, policy-makers and practitioners of public institutions and ministries dealing with migration, trafficking and/or forced labour; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations; representatives of public and private employment agencies; staff of NGOs and civil society organizations; experts from international agencies and other key actors concerned with these issues.


Participants will learn about:

  • Data on global and inter/intra African labour migration and its benefits.
  • ILOs and IOE’s mandate on labour migration.
  • International and regional labour migration policy frameworks.
  • International instruments and international labour standards relevant to responsible and fair recruitment.
  • The importance of social dialogue and institutional consultation mechanisms for EBMOs, business and enterprises voluntary initiatives, and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
  • The role of employers’ organizations in promoting responsible and fair recruitment, inclusive labour markets, and comprehensive labour migration policies.
  • Global and regional best practices of employers’ organizations
Methodology and certification

The course consists of a number of online modules offered via the ITCILO e-Campus online platform-

This course provides a flexible learning journey as it is completely asynchronous, composed of several self-guided modules.

At the end of course and after successfully completing the final quiz, participants will be granted a certificate of participation.


The toolkit is composed of 4 training modules, each module has examples of international good practices and highlights the role that employers’ organizations play in each thematic area.


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Module 1.

Policy, Legal Frameworks and Institutional Consultation Mechanisms

Module 2.

Fostering Labour Migration Governance in Africa: Frameworks for Skills Mobility                        

Module 3.

Ensuring Responsible and Fair Recruitment, fostering Social Protection, and contributing to labour market integration                                      

Module 4.

Addressing Skills Shortages and Skills Development

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