Decent Wage Africa - francophone.

Decent Wage Africa - francophone. This project 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.


Meeting 27 - 28 August 2015 Amsterdam


WageIndicator country websites - webtraffic per year 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 total 41.424 29.928 18.021 10.269 399 100041ée 28.828 18.139 11.537 5.966 290 64760 66.352 49.687 29.537 15.032 270 160878 19.589 16.818 8.03 3.905 99 48441énegal 116.999 75.667 45.19 19.333 4.981 262170 28.828 18.139 11.537 5.966 290 64760
Total 701050

Conclusion in report to CNV in 2016

● Web Visitors: apart from Niger with slightly less visitors, in all countries substantial more visitors than the year before and as targeted! In general: growing websites, growing appreciation from the public at large in the countries.
● Good up to date data bases for salaries, collective agreements, minimum wages, labour law.
Living wages up to date for all - apart from non-target countries Benin and Guinea
● The Good Company Certificate has been explored well in Senegal. Continuation with an improved concept (Company compliance pages) is discussed at length with partners in Senegal.
● The global WageIndicator team was on time with updates for technique, salary and living wage calculations, minimum wages and labour law. All Collective Agreements are scored and online in the database.
● A nice offshoot of the CBA database is the analysis for the ILO about Gender Equality, Work and family Arrangements in Collective Agreements