Background of Project
The UIE project is one of the ILO-supported projects to the national Time Bound Program (TBP). The TBP was developed following the ratification of ILO Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) by the Government of Bangladesh in 2001. The UIE project succeeded an ILO pilot project which began in 2001. The pilot project focused on building a knowledge base on the sectors and actors in the urban informal economy and on testing strategies and models for validity and cost-effectiveness.
The UIE project commenced in January 2007 and its current phase will be completed in December 2011.
The UIE project is funded by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Over a period of 5 years (2007-2011), 7139.70 Lac BDT (US$ 10,244,935) is committed to the project.
Dhaka Metropolitan (i.e. 33 Thanas divided over 90 wards and 10 Zones) and other selected Metropolitan areas upon the availability of funds.
The strategies and projected interventions of the UIE Project are brought together in five interrelated strategic components, which are concerned with the urban child worker, namely
- Policy and model formulation;
- Child workers’ protection;
- Child workers’ education and preparation for future employment;
- Prevention through social and economic development; and
- Capacity building for sustainability
Objective of the project
In line with the objective of the TBP, which is to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Bangladesh, the development objective of the UIE Project is to “contribute to the elimination and prevention of worst forms of child labour in the urban informal economy of Bangladesh”.
- The knowledge on child labour in the urban informal economy is enhanced and potentially viable models are available for country-wide replication.
- Approximately 48,000 children will have been protected from hazardous work and their workplaces will have been determined to be free from hazardous child labour
- Approximately 26,000 relatively young children will have been prepared for formal primary/secondary education.
- Approximately 10,000 relatively older children will have been prepared for and placed in decent employment arrangements.
- Approximately 28,000 guardians/ household members, and approximately 4,000 employers will have improved their social and economic security.
- The capacity of national and municipal stakeholders will have been increased at conceptual, institutional and implementation levels.
Partner organisation and beneficiary
Primary Partners: Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development & Cooperatives (MOLGRD&C) and Dhaka City Corporation.
NGOs, CBOs and private sector institutions.
Major child labour projects active in Dhaka Metropolitan.
Private/public sector entities providing supplementary need-based services to the target groups.
Approximately 48,000 children under 18 years of age engaged in hazardous child labour, their guardians/ households (28,000), 4,000 employers and 95,000 other community members in which they work or reside, totalling approximately 173,000 direct beneficiaries.
The child population of the targeted urban areas through the coverage of the Child Labour Monitoring and workplace surveillance system; other household members, neighbouring families and employers through the spin-offs of advocacy and awareness raising, other family members through the increased household income with immediate impact on school enrolment of, adult workers through the workplace improvement programmes.