Introduction to the sub-regional offices in Africa

Cooperating partners

Within the Africa region, the project cooperation is based on the global network of national trade union centres affiliated to the ITUC-Africa and, within specific sectors, with Global Union Federations like Education International and IndustriALL. 


Programme and focus areas

  • Decent work and social dialogue on the labour market in East Africa.
  • Social dialogue and quality education in East Africa.
  • Early Childhood Education and decent employment in Africa.
  • Organising and Occupational Safety and Health in industrial sectors of East Africa.
  • Decent Work and Labour Market Dialogue in West Africa.
  • Organising within the informal economy.
  • Decent work, informal economy and sustainable economic growth in Southern Africa.


Programme strategies:

Both at national and the regional level, one or more of the following strategic intervention areas are included in the cooperation with partners:

1. Organisational capacity development.

2. Training and education of leadership, shop stewards and activists.

3. Lobbying and advocacy – information and campaign activities.

4. Administrative and financial management systems.

5. Organising strategies and development of democratic trade union structures.

6. Formation of networks and alliances.

7. Social dialogue.

Education of trade union leadership, shop stewards and activists is an important element in the DTDA supported programmes. It enables trade unions to address key priorities, secure democracy and build capacity in practice. Education activities range from establishing educational systems to shop steward education and study circle activities.

Capacity to carry out advocacy is an important element in any trade union participation in social dialogue in Africa and paves the way for the influence on decision-making processes, including negotiations of collective agreements, improvements of working conditions, vocational training, and social security services.

Social dialogue in East Africa is carried out in close cooperation with the Danish Industry (DI) and the national and regional employers- and trade union organisations. The focus is to consolidate stable, democratic and well-functioning labour markets by promoting peaceful industrial relations between workers and employers and pave the way for increased productivity, inclusive growth and poverty reduction.


Presence in Africa:

The DTDA currently has offices in Togo and Tanzania, which extend technical assistance and thematic advisory services to our partners. Both international and local advisors extend their services in close collaboration with headquarters in Copenhagen.