Policy approaches to labour and skills mobility in Africa

At this virtual event, which marks AFFORD’s African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) 2021, speakers discuss the policy context for labour and skills mobility within and outside Africa.

Research event, Webinar Invitation only
2 July 2021 — 2:00PM TO 3:30PM

Promoting the mobility of labour and skills within and outside Africa represents an important way of harnessing and fostering innovation on the continent, bridging skills and educational gaps, and creating job opportunities for an expanding African youth population.

Labour mobility also plays a central role in the policy drive to ‘enhance the availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration’, as articulated in Objective 5 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and Goals 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

However, while regional and international frameworks for facilitating mobility in the flow of goods, services and capital are being reformed, the promotion of labour and population mobility continues to face many policy and political barriers.

The discussion focuses on the role of labour mobility in efforts to operationalize the GCM, and priorities for designing mobility structures that provide mutually beneficial solutions for African migrants, their countries of origin, and countries of residence.

This event is co-hosted with the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD). The webinar will also be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.


Tighisti Amare, Assistant Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Onyekachi Wambu, Executive Director, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Dr Linda Adhiambo Oucho, Executive Director, African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC)

Dr Jason Gagnon, Development Economist, OECD Development Centre

Dr Edward Brown, Senior Director, Research, Policy and Programs, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Michelle Leighton, Chief of the Labour Migration Branch, International Labour Organization

Chair: Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners, Professor of Practice, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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