ECOWAS Ministers of labour and social welfare adopt a regional action plan on child labour, specially its worst forms

The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Ministers of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs meeting on December 7 in Dakar, Senegal, adopted a regional action plan on child labour, especially in its worst forms.

News | Dakar, Senegal | 12 December 2012

This plan aims to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in West Africa by 2015, while laying the groundwork for the total elimination of child labour. The main causes of child labour in the region include widespread poverty, inadequate access to education and political instability.

The strategic objectives of the action plan are to create a favourable environment to the elimination of child labour in all ECOWAS member States, as well as to strengthen the ECOWAS institutional mechanism for child labour monitoring and evaluation. This will include a peer review of progress, and increasing knowledge both of child labour and strategies to tackle child labour in the region.