This joint WB-ILO course titled “Understanding the Role of Employment in Pro-Poor Growth Strategies in Francophone Africa” was held in January 2009. It offered a learning experience for stakeholders from Francophone African countries to better understand the role of employment in a pro-poor growth strategy. It was split into two five day parallel training sessions: (i) a technical training on tools for the analysis of the growth-employment-poverty linkages; and (ii) a policy course on the development of employment policies for pro-poor growth. A number of courses were delivered as joint sessions. The broad objective of the course was to provide an understanding of labor markets in Africa and to explore policy responses to promote quality job creation in Africa. More specifically the course focused on both supply side issues such as skills development, gender, and youth, as well as demand side issues, such as investment climate and job creation in the formal and informal economies. Also the training provided a discussion on labor market regulation and institutions.