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Durham University

Durham Law: Policy Engagement

The DWR-Africa Project

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)
  • Association of Lesotho Employers and Business (ALEB)
  • Department of Labour, South Africa
  • Ethical Trade Initiative, South Africa
  • Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI)
  • Gatsby Africa textile Development Unit, Tanzania
  • ILO DWT for Eastern and Southern Africa and Country Office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland
  • Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL)
  • IndustriALL Global Union, South Africa
  • International Labour Organization, Pretoria Office
  • Jacques Hau Clothing, South Africa
  • Lentsoe La Sechaba, Lesotho
  • Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC)
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment, Lesotho
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry, Lesotho
  • Mr Price Group, South Africa
  • National Clothing Bargaining Council, South Africa
  • National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union (NACTWU), Lesotho
  • National Union of Manufacturing and Allied Workers (NUMAW), Lesotho
  • National University of Lesotho
  • North-West University, South Africa
  • ReMmoho Compliance Solutions, Lesotho
  • Social Capital, South Africa
  • Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), South Africa
  • United Textile Employees (UNITE), Lesotho
  • University of the Western Cape, South Africa


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 Development 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.

To investigate this question, fieldwork was carried out in the garment sectors in South Africa and Lesotho during 2018. This research involved interviews with stakeholders in both countries including government officials, employers, unions, NGOs and other local initiatives, 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.