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Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Decent Work Regulation in Africa

The project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa is collaboration between Durham University (UK), the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and York University (Canada).

DWR-Africa is led by Professor Deirdre McCann of Durham Law School and funded through the UK Global Challenges Research Fund.

UCT and Cape Town garment factories


A central aim of the Project is to establish a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers with an interest in effective labour regulation.

Current project partners include:

  • African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF)
  • Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA)
  • Apparel Manufacturers of South Africa (AMSA)
  • Department of Labour, South Africa
  • Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI)
  • Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho
  • International Labour Organization, Pretoria Office
  • Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC)
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment, Lesotho
  • Mr Price Group Ltd
  • National Clothing Bargaining Council, South Africa
  • Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), South Africa
  • United Textile Employees (UNITE), Lesotho


University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, 18 June 2018

A Regional Meeting was held in Cape Town on 18 June 2018. The Meeting brought together participants from the region and international partners. The aim was to provide the opportunity for a regional and international dialogue on the legal strategies that can achieve decent work in Africa, with a particular focus on the garment sector.

For further details on the event, click here.


A Pilot Project on Enforcing Labour Laws in Southern Africa is being led by Dr Shane Godfrey of the Institute of Develpment and Labour Law, University of Cape Town and Professor Kelly Pike of the School of Human Resource Management, York University, Toronto.

The project aims to better understand the limitations and strengths of multi-stakeholder models in South Africa and Lesotho. The focus is on whether these models provide a better way to enforce labour rights.

Fieldwork is being carried out during April-July 2018 in the garment sectors in South Africa and Lesotho. This research involves interviews with stakeholders in both countries, including governments officials, employers, unions, NGOs, and workers themselves.

For further information, see our Decent Work Regulation in Africa Project Note.

The Project is funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. It builds on the work of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work, a global network of more than 50 research and policy bodies in 20 countries in all regions.