Decent Wage Africa - francophone.

Decent Wage Africa - francophone. This project, started in July 2012, aims to promote the payment of Decent Wages in Western Africa and in Madagascar.

Decent Wage Africa - Francophone.

Duration 1-07-2012 till 1 - 1 - 2017

Funded by  CNV, Dutch Christian Confederation of Trade Unions


  • COSI, Benin
  • CNTG, Guinée
  • SEKRIMA and USAM, Madagascar
  • CNT, Niger
  • UDTS, Sénegal
  • CSTT, Togo

Project management

Wage Indicator Foundation, Paulien Osse, Tendayi Matimba, Dani Ceccon,

Project websites

The long term goal of Decent Wage Africa is to improve the payment of Decent Wages in the 6 countries. In principle it covers the whole gamma of wages paid, from minimum wages to the wages agreed on through collective bargaining, both in the formal and informal economy. The Decent Wage Africa project departs from the understanding that Decent Wages are an integral part of decent labour relations, as are working hours, and other working conditions. Ensuring Decent Wages therefore requires a national and institutional framework of labour law, minimum wage setting, collective bargaining and individual labour agreements, which should not just be in place, but also be respected, protected and enforced.

Beneficiaries of the project are

  • trade union rank and file
  • workers in the sectors and occupations selected by trade unions
  • social partners
  • labour inspectorates
  • the public at large

The project’s design has a gender perspective built in, as women are predominant amongst the region’s working poor.

The strategy for achieving Decent Wages, as developed earlier and tested in similar projects in Asia and Central America, is:

1.  collect and share with trade unions relevant data on minimum wage, collective agreements and other selected Decent Work items, considered relevant by the project partners;

2.  support awareness raising on minimum wage and the Decent Work items selected and enhance engagement amongst stakeholders in the labour market;

Decent Wage Africa is supported internationally through the Wage Indicator Foundation, which ensures the sharing of know how of the survey system, analysis of the wage data, websites, tools and their marketing with the trade union partners. In the start up phase the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, plays a coordinating and coaching role.


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