Monday, March 13, 2017

International Labour migration academy

At the end of last year I did a graphic facilitation for the ILO (International labour organisation - a subdivision of the UN). They host an annual academy on labour migration in Turin Italy where there is a traning centre specifically for the ILO. In the light of Africa's central role in migration, South Africa was selected as the first external host for the training academy.

It was a very interesting 4 days, long intense discussions with ample opportunity to get thoroughly confused about delegates were talking about. But once I had my head around the jargon and abbreviations, things were a bit easier.

In essence the academy was about "Enhancing Protection, Promoting Sustainable Development and
Facilitating Fair and Effective Labour Migration Governance." There are about 150 million migrant workers around the world. Migration is linked directly or indirectly to the pursuit of employment and security. Although there is sufficient evidence that migrant workers contribute to the economy of their destination countries, it presents complexities in terms of regulation, the protection of workers, harmful perceptions of migration workers etc.

I captured the introductory talks of the day in the plenary where all the delegates were present. I then moved around between different electives in other rooms. When conversations became technical or adminstrative, I resorted to drawing portraits of the delegates. Where it made sense, captured snapshots of the presentations and drew a combined summary of the morning or afternoon sessions.
Below are some of the results.