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Urban Informal Economy (UIE) Project of Support to the National Time Bound Programme towards the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Bangladesh

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 project demonstrates that with an industry-based training focus, an initiative can effectively increase employability and drive higher incomes for the working poor. The project will also deliver training and certification for instructors, industry trainers and assessors as well as briefings for managers and executives of enterprises. Consistent with employment in the industry, the majority of beneficiaries will be women and there is a target of 5% for people with disabilities.

As a model, the Centre will demonstrate a sustainable, self-funded approach to coordinating training and labour market expertise and investment amongst a group of enterprises and training providers, within the framework of Bangladesh’s skills and labour policies and institutions.


Four goals for the project are to:

1. Establish a Centre of Excellence that facilitates enhanced employer engagement in training
2. Increase the training capacities of TTCs, TSCs, NGOs and enterprises
3. Increase the use of assessment and certification in the Ready Made Garment sector, linked to better documentation
4. Improve access of disadvantaged groups and the working poor to training and higher incomes

The above goals will be achieved by bringing key industry associations (BGMEA, BKMEA, BTMA) and relevant stakeholders (local industry, buyers, worker representatives and government) together to form a Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries. This would act as the nodal agency for not only skills development, but also research & planning of the Ready Made Garment Sector for future direction.
When: 1 January 2007 - 1 December 2011
Donor: Government of the Netherlands

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.

Duration

The UIE project commenced in January 2007 and its current phase will be completed in December 2011.

Donor

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.

Geographical Coverage

Dhaka Metropolitan (i.e. 33 Thanas divided over 90 wards and 10 Zones) and other selected Metropolitan areas upon the availability of funds.

Subjects

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”.

Expected outcomes

  • 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

Partners

Primary Partners: Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development & Cooperatives (MOLGRD&C) and Dhaka City Corporation.

Secondary Partners:

NGOs, CBOs and private sector institutions.

Collaborating Partners:

Major child labour projects active in Dhaka Metropolitan.

Strategic Partners:

Private/public sector entities providing supplementary need-based services to the target groups.

Beneficiary

Direct beneficiaries:

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.

Indirect 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.

For further information please contact:

Hasina Begum
Programme Officer
Urban Informal Economy
Project of Support to National Time Bound Programme
House # 12, Road # 12, Dhanmondi R/A
Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh
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Tags: child labour, informal economy

Regions and countries covered: Bangladesh

Unit responsible: ILO Country Office for Bangladesh

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