Child Labour and Forced Labour

Addis Ababa to host a regional consultation on Child and Forced Labour in sub-Saharan Africa

From 22 to 23 June 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Alliance 8.7 will host a two-day consultative meeting on child labour and forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa, in preparation for the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour scheduled for November 2017 in Argentina.

Media advisory | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 20 June 2017
ADDIS ABABA/ABIDJAN (ILO News)  – The first regional dialogue on child labour and forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa, facilitated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 22-23 June 2017 at Elilly Hotel.

More than 80 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa will attend the Addis Ababa Forum, including Governments’ delegates and representatives of trade unions and employers’ organizations from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This high-level interactive platform will be held in the presence of H.E. Mr. Abdulfatah Abdullahi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia, Mr Aeneas C. Chuma, Assistant Director-General of the ILO and Regional Director for Africa, as well as senior representatives from the Africa Union Institutions, Regional economic communities, UN agencies and other international organizations, civil society, the private sector, youth and academia.

The main objective of the consultation is to identify common challenges, priorities and good practices in eliminating child labour and forced labour in sub Saharan Africa in preparation for the IV Global Conference (Argentina, 14-16 November 2017) and to provide a forum to discuss operationalization of Alliance 8.7 in Africa and to provide concrete recommendations on the way forward.

The ILO estimates that globally there are 21 million men, women and children suffering as victims of forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation. Africa has the second largest number of victims, 3.7 million (18 per cent of the total). The total illicit profits generated by the use of forced labour worldwide amounts to $150 billion per year.

It further estimates there are 168 million girls and boys working in situations of child labour. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest incidence of child labour with 59 million (21.4 per cent) children aged 5- 17 years in child labour.

Addis Ababa 2017 on Child and Forced Labour will ultimately contribute to further consolidating regional commitment to accelerate the pace of elimination of child labour and forced labour in Africa, in order to secure its end by 2025 and 2030 respectively as required in Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

For more detailed information, please contact: ILO Regional Office for Africa, Guebray Berhane | +225 87905779 |


Alliance 8.7, a Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour, was created to bring all concerned parties together to join forces in achieving target 8.7. The goals of Alliance 8.7 are to: (i) accelerate action, (ii) conduct research and share knowledge, (iii) drive innovation and (iv) increase and leverage resources.