13 Feb 2024

In a concerted effort to enhance labor governance and address the dynamic needs of Kenya's workforce, Ms. Jacqueline Mugo, Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and Mr. Stephen Obiro, Head of Advocacy, Consulting and Partnerships recently attended the Kenya National Labour Board in South Africa. The mission, spearheaded by Kenya's National Labour Board and accompanied by esteemed officials including Mr. Shadrack Mwadime, Principal Secretary of Labour and Skills Development, aimed to glean insights from South Africa's renowned labor governance framework.



The delegation embarked on a comparative learning journey to study the operations of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), a cornerstone institution in South Africa's labor governance architecture. NEDLAC's reputation for facilitating social dialogue, promoting labor rights, and fostering inclusive growth made it an ideal model for Kenya's National Labour Board to draw inspiration from.


The primary objective of the mission was to support the effectiveness of Kenya's National Labour Board in addressing the evolving demands of the country's labour market. By studying NEDLAC's mechanisms for consensus-building, policy formulation, and stakeholder engagement, the delegation sought to identify strategies and best practices that could be adapted to the Kenyan context.


Both delegations expressed optimism about the potential for mutual learning and collaboration. The exchange of experiences and insights between Kenya and South Africa promises to not only enhance labor governance but also strengthen regional cooperation in advancing labor rights and fostering inclusive economic growth. Through this collaborative effort, both countries aim to promote social dialogue and address the challenges confronting workers and employers in the region.


The comparative learning mission to South Africa marks a significant step towards enhancing labor governance in Kenya. By leveraging the experiences and best practices of NEDLAC, Kenya's National Labour Board aims to improve its effectiveness in navigating the complexities of the modern labor market. The commitment to mutual learning and collaboration between Kenya and South Africa underscores the importance of regional cooperation in addressing common challenges and advancing the welfare of workers and employers alike.