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Publications and resources

Just released

  1. Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes

    10 December 2018

    The latest Global Estimates indicate that 152 million children — 64 million girls and 88 million boys — are in child labour globally, accounting for almost one in 10 of all children worldwide. How can the world community get firmly on track toward eliminating child labour? The International Labour Organization report Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes points the way with policy approaches and responses.

  2. Assessment of the effects of annual drought and floods on child labour (hazardous and non-hazardous) and child welfare in Sri Lanka

    30 November 2018

    The study focuses on issues relating to current natural disasters in the context of Sri Lanka, its impact on children and their families, specifically on children’s loss of welfare, schooling, their vulnerabilities to child labour and prevailing child labour in the selected districts.

  3. Understanding child labour and youth employment in Malawi

    23 November 2018

    This report examines the related issues of child labour and youth employment in Malawi. Guided by observed outcomes in terms of schooling, work activities and status in the labour market, the report considers the economic as well as the social determinants of child labour and youth employment.

Key publications

  1. World Report on Child Labour 2017

    Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes

    The international community has declared that the persistence of child labour in today’s world is unacceptable and, in the Sustainable Development Goals, has renewed its commitment to eliminating all forms of child labour by 2025. This report aims to contribute to that endeavour by offering an analysis of trends and an evidence-based discussion of policy solutions.

  2. 2015 World Report on Child Labour

    World Report on Child Labour 2015

    Paving the way to decent work for young people

    The second volume of the ILO World Report on Child Labour series highlights the close linkages between child labour and good youth employment outcomes, and the consequent need for common policy approaches to addressing challenges arising in countries where both child labour and youth unemployment prevail.

  3. Report

    Ending child labour in domestic work and protecting young workers from abusive working conditions

    Within the framework of the two ILO fundamental conventions on child labour and the recently adopted instruments on decent work for domestic workers, this new report sets the scene for a better understanding of child labour in domestic work.

Research and statistics

  1. Global Estimates of Child Labour

    Results and trends, 2012-2016

    The 2017 Global Estimates present the scale, prevalence, and key characteristics of child labour in the world today.

  2. Methodology of the global estimates of child labour, 2012-2016

    This report explains the methodology used to arrive at the 2016 Global Estimates of Child Labour and provides a detailed analysis of results and trends.

  3. Understanding Children's Work

    The Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) programme is an inter-agency research cooperation initiative involving the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank.

  4. More resources at the CHILD LABOUR STATISTICS Section

Training material

  1. Training manual

    Implementing The Hague Roadmap: Training guide for policy makers

    ILO launches practical guide for policy makers and practitioners to contribute to achieving the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour.

  2. Training manual

    This resource material considers the links between tackling child labour and promoting Education for All.

  3. Guidelines

    Children formerly associated with armed forces and groups. “How-to” guide on economic reintegration

    This Guide provides operational and detailed guidance to design and implement the economic component of reintegration programmes for children formerly associated with armed forces and groups and other conflict-affected children.

Good practices

  1. Education

    Good practices in tackling child labour through education - Selected examples from the IPEC TACKLE Project

    The objective of the TACKLE project was to contribute to the withdrawal of children engaged in child labour and to prevent further entry of children into employment by offering them alternative education and training opportunities and thereby contributing towards poverty reduction.

  2. Hazardous work

    Practices with good potential - Towards the elimination of hazardous child labour

    This publication outlines the problem of hazardous child labour and highlights possible solutions.

  3. Good practices on child labour 2010

    During the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 (The Hague, The Netherlands) IPEC and its partners have launched 22 good practices (GPs) from all over the world. These GPs describe interesting initiatives that are making a difference in fighting child labour.

Legislation & Policy

  1. Guidelines

    Modern policy and legislative responses to child labour

    This guide examines of modern responses to child labour as embodied in policy and legislation.

  2. Policy Note

    Tackling child labour: From commitment to action

    This paper considers the progress that ILO member States are making in the application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations. It draws on two reports considered by the 2012 International Labour Conference: "Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: From commitment to action" and "Giving globalization a human face".

The Programme

  1. Annual Report on IPEC activities

    Annual Report 2014: IPEC action against child labour 2012-2013: Progress and future priorities

    This report provides a summary of IPEC's work during the biennium 2012-2013.

  2. Brochure

    IPEC's strategies and priorities for addressing child labour and its resource needs

    IPEC works for a world free from child labour, with accelerated action against its worst forms.

  3. Brochure

    Major results of ILO work on child labour

    Since the 1990’s, the ILO has led a global effort to raise awareness of the child labour problem, to encourage member States to put in place appropriate legal and policy frameworks, and to ensure that appropriate attention is paid to child labour in wider development policies and programmes.

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