About us


The African Regional Labour Administration Centre was jointly established by the ILO and UNDP in 1974 as a project for the development of labour administration issues, then referred to as public administration activities in the field of national labour policy inratified member states.

The ILO had observed that the Ministries responsible for labour matters in Africa had, on gaining independence inherited growing unemployment, underemployment, lack of skilled manpower, lack of clear and progressive wages and incomes policy, poor industrial relations, inadequate protection from work environments, absence of comprehensive social security schemes and a host of many other ills.

Based on the needs in African States, the project was upgraded to an organization in 1982. In October 1986, the ARLAC Headquarters moved from Nairobi, Kenya to Harare, Zimbabwe following an agreement to establish the permanent Headquarters of the Centre.

ARLAC contends that Labour Administration must have, at their disposal, high and middle grade officials who are fully trained in their social and economic roles, with the required dedication and competence as well as information and knowledge to enable each administrator to benefit from the experience of others.



At the apex of the governance structure of ARLAC is the Governing Council, which is the supreme authority with full powers to pursue the organization’s objectives. The Governing Council of ARLAC consists of ministers of labour (employment, social welfare) from member countries. The GC is headed by a Chairperson. The ILO is a member of the GC.




The Executive Office exercises the powers of the Governing Council in between Council meetings and within the limits set by the latter. It is comprised of four Vice-Chairpersons of the Governing Council each of whom is elected to represent the sub-regions of Africa. The ILO is also represented in the EO.

The Executive Office exercises the powers of the Governing Council in between Council meetings and within the limits set by the latter. It is comprised of four Vice-Chairpersons of the Governing Council each of whom is elected to represent the sub-regions of Africa. The ILO is also represented in the EO.




This Committee consists of permanent/principal secretaries; directors general; chief directors and their equivalents from ARLAC member countries. They are mandated to use their expertise as accounting officers for the labour ministries/departments to provide technical expertise and advice the Governing Council.



The Secretariat manages the day to day running of the Centre. It is headed by an Executive Director.

Honourable Prof Mavima, ARLAC Chairperson and Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.


To be a leading Centre of excellence in labour administration for development in Africa.

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To design and deliver exceptional and comprehensive labour administration capacity building activities for socio-economic development of member countries.


The specific objectives of the Centre, as provided for in Article 2 of the ARLAC Agreement and Rules of Procedure of the ARLAC Governing Council include the following:

provide training and training related activities for officials of the labour administration system in ARLAC member countries;

promote technical cooperation between member countries by mobilizing expertise and specialist consultancy and advisory services in response to requests from member countries seeking to strengthen their labour administration systems;

undertake studies and research in all aspects of labour administration as appropriate, in liaison with other agencies;

publish research findings for the benefit of member countries and produce and publish training materials to assist member countries in the development of their labour administration systems.



To listen, appreciate and recognize all people.


To be honest, ethical and fair.


To build a sustainable organization through service excellence.


To inspire and enable people to make a positive difference in the world of work.


Teamwork requires that members work individually and collectively towards a common goal.


All employees of the Centre shall be dedicated through their actions while implementing various activities.


Accountability requires zero tolerance to corruption and demonstrating accountability for actions, decisions and resources under one’s care.


ARLAC staff members and stakeholders shall respect and value each other, thrive on their diversity, and work with partners.


It is a basic principle of ARLAC is that being prepared for challenges, improves productivity. At ARLAC, we build capacities of people to prepare them to handle real life situations. We strive to provide a better learning and refreshing experience. The goal is to achieve the highest learning outcomes from any capacity building activity such as a training session – use what you learn and you will improve your performance.


Simulator Training – Turning Theory Into Practice

Simulators may not be relevant in all our training but we aim to involve real life scenarios wherever possible. ARLAC leads the way in developing simulators and programmes that move training closer to our clients’ working environment, preparing people for on-site situations.

The Right Training For The Right Need

Respecting our clients’ training investment means providing the training that meets their needs. No more, no less. For this reason, aligning expectations, defining exact needs and targeting training to meet those needs are important parts of the process.

Training For Your Own Reality

The true value of training is demonstrated in the real working environment. We make sure that our training is as close and relevant as possible to your working environment. The experience of our trainers, our flexibility and dialogue with our clients are important tools.

Learning By Experience

Learning is better retained when it is put into use. Our blended trainings are about more than theory – it is based on methods that involve people and bring knowledge into operation. This philosophy goes for both the classroom and for practical training.

A Benchmark For Others

ARLAC has set the benchmark for other training establishments to aspire to.