ILO: Southern Africa Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Team

International Labour Office

Southern Africa Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Team

In the mid 1990s, the International Labour Office (ILO) sought to move even closer to its constituents through a major decentralization of staff, resources, and authority. Under its active Partnership Policy (APP), it established multi-disciplinary advisory teams in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

These teams included specialists in areas such as employment promotion, workers’and employers’ activities, statistics, training, small business development, labour standards, industrial relations, occupational safety and health, and social security. Demand driven, the teams respond to requests from ILO member states, trade unions, and employers associations for advice on policy issues; and they assist governments in the design and implementation of developmentprogrammes and projects.

The Southern Africa Multidisciplinary Advisory Team (SAMAT), based in Harare, Zimbabwe, provides these services to nine countries of this sub-region.


  • James Gavin