Decent Work Indicators in Africa - A first assessment based on national sources

The 2008 ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization recommends the establishment of appropriate indicators, if necessary with assistance of the ILO, to monitor the progress made in the implementation of the ILO Decent Work Agenda. The 17-point “Decent Work Agenda in Africa 2007-15”, calls for improved information for better policy making, aiming that at least half of the African member States have mechanisms in place to produce statistics and labour market information in a timely fashion. The ILO is supporting member States through technical assistance and capacity building at national, sub-regional and regional levels

The main objectives of this report are not only to provide a first analysis of the Decent Work Indicators in Africa throughout the last decade but also and, in particular, to draw up an inventory of available decent work indicators in the selected countries that have compiled data in order to reveal the main gaps, and to provide recommendations and tools in view of harmonizing decent work indicators at the regional level.

Part I of this study provides a concise analysis of a selection of decent work indicators.

Part II draws up an inventory of the indicators collected; it highlights issues of comparison between countries and suggests ideas to harmonize the decent work indicators in Africa. Due to limited data collected thus far, the report does not present regional or sub-regional estimates of the decent work indicators, and focuses for this first edition on the data of individual countries As the continent improves its data collection systems and more data become available, trends will include overall Africa estimates of decent work indicators as well as those for regional economic communities.