MAP Countries

Following a significant amount of research into various methods of measuring the different components of decent work, the ILO convened a Tripartite Meeting of Experts in September 2008. The proposal that emerged from the meeting was then discussed in November 2008 by the Governing Body, which requested that the ILO prepare profiles for a limited number of countries. In November 2009, the Governing Body decided that the Office should provide guidance on broadening collaboration with member States with a view to expanding and compiling a comprehensive set of profiles.

Decent Work Country Profiles provide information on all dimensions of work in a country. Based on ILO global template on the measurement of DW, the Profiles cover a wide range of labour-related issues: employment opportunities; adequate earnings and productive work; decent hours; combing work; family and personal life; work that should be abolished; stability and security of work; equal opportunity and treatment in employment; safe work environment; social security and social dialogue; workers’ and employers’ representation.

MAP covers nine countries in all regions: Africa (Niger and Zambia), Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines), Europe (Ukraine) and Latin America (Brazil and Peru). The pilot countries have been selected on the basis of the following criteria: 1) the selected countries represent the experiences from all major developing and transition regions; 2) there is a demand for technical collaboration from the selected countries, and hence a potential for strong national ownership of the methodology for self-monitoring and self-assessing progress towards decent work; 3) countries at different stages of development are included (low income countries, lower middle income countries and upper middle income countries).

The pilot-countries have, or be in a process of developing, a country-owned decent work strategy or a decent work country programmes (DWCP), which would provide the basis for monitoring progress towards decent work.

The needs and constraints have been identified by the target groups themselves. The project aims to improve the capacity of national statistical offices and research institutions in collecting and analysing decent work statistics, and to strengthen government, social partners and the wider stakeholders to identify the appropriate decent work indicators and develop national assessment, in order to formulate - through social dialogue - appropriate policy recommendations which take into account national priorities and overall policy coherence.

The profiles do not intend to rank countries or produce composite indexes, but to offer comparable information for analysis and policy development. While there is a core set of indicators that needs to be compiled for all countries, the methodology for calculating statistical indicators is customized to each country’s needs and the available data. Similarly, national law and its application have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The profiles are targeted at national constituents, policymakers, researchers, international organizations and development practitioners.
  1. Africa

  2. Asia and the Pacific

  3. Americas

  4. Europe