Countries dashboard

IPEC’s chid labour Country Dashboard provide access to information, projects, programmes and plans that have an impact on the fight against child labour at national level. The dashboard provide information from various sources to present a broad picture of the national child labour situation and the main actions being taken to combat it. The information is divided by topics including legislation, policies and other programmes, ILO projects and ILO information resources.


  • Ratifications of ILO Child Labour Conventions and information about CEACR Observations and/or Direct Requests - The ILO has two core Conventions relating to child labour: Convention No. 138 on minimum age, adopted in 1973, and Convention No. 182 on the worst forms on child labour, adopted in 1999.
  • Ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols - Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) , and its two Optional Protocols: Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
  • National legislation related to child labour

Policies and other programmes

  • ILO Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) - DWCP have been established as the main vehicle for the delivery of ILO support to countries. Each DWCP is organised around a limited number of country programme priorities and outcomes, which often include child labour.
  • National Action Plans (NAP) to eliminate child labour - National, regional and international policies are a key tool to combat child labour. At the national level, IPEC has been supporting member states to develop and implement national actions plans (NAPs).
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) - A country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) outlines its programme for poverty reduction to allow it to obtain funding from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for support. The policy and programmes prescriptions in PRSPs can have a direct and/or indirect impact on the child labour situation in the country.
  • United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) - The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a programme document between a government and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). It outlines the collective actions and strategies of the United Nations system to the achievement of national development goals. A common country assessment (CCA) document is both a process and a product, which is used by the United Nations and its agencies to analyse the national development situation and identify key development issues. These actions and strategies can include or contribute towards the elimination of child labour.
  • Global Partnership for Education - Launched in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of donor and developing country partners that seek to ensure accelerated progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education by 2015.

ILO-IPEC Projects

ILO-IPEC is dependent on voluntary donor contributions to assist countries. The Programme is a key expression of international solidarity – including facilitating increasing South-South cooperation – set out in Article 8 of Convention No. 182. In this regard, ILO-IPEC is primarily a field-based programme that delivers practical support to countries through its projects. IPEC project work with national stakeholders to implement one or more of the following interventions to target child labour in different sectors: direct action; legislation and policy development (including statistical surveys); advocacy and awareness-raising; institutional development; social services; livelihood schemes and poverty alleviation.

Over the years the scale of these projects has increased to generate greater impact and sustainability. Larger projects are subject to external evaluation to enable lessons learned to be part of the future project planning cycle and as part of building knowledge. ILO-IPEC has had project operations in 88 countries in five regions of the world.