International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

  • ILO Blog

    “I was in child labour. Now I’m getting my MBA.”

    When Usman Bilal was ten years old, his parents took him out of school and sent him to work with his uncle. But he was able to return to school with the help of an ILO project and is today an MBA student and child-labour activist.

  • Campaign

    Discover the "Music against child labour" initiative

    The global Initiative was launched in 2013 and calls on orchestras, choirs and musicians of all genres worldwide to dedicate one concert to the struggle against child labour. Sign up to the Manifesto and pledge to dedicate a concert!

  • Slideshow

    Why is quality education critical in tackling child labour?

    This year’s World Day against Child Labour highlighted the key role that education can play in tackling child labour. The following stories from child labourers in Jordan show why getting children out of work and into the classroom can make a huge difference to their future.

Facts and figures

  • Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
  • Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
  • There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
  • Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
  • Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.

Just released

  1. Good practices and lessons learned in cocoa communities in Ghana

    15 September 2015

    This compendium of good practices outlines some measures that were innovative, relevant/responsive, efficient, effective, ethical, sustainable and replicable. The project exceeded its targeted number of beneficiaries and made significant gains in addressing some of the root causes of child labour in cocoa growing communities. The purpose of this compendium is to provide the community of practice with a set of approaches that yield results.

  2. Good practices and lessons learned on the elimination of child labour in Ghana - ECOWAS projects' experiences

    11 August 2015

    The objectives of the GP and LL documentation is to enable sharing of practices that significantly contributed or have the potential to contribute to efforts at eliminating child labour and which could inspire other on-going and future interventions.

  3. My-PEC project updates

    30 June 2015

    My-PEC project news for the period of January to June 2015.


  1. Conference

    III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013

    The ILO will participate in the III Global Conference on Child Labour which will bring together representatives from government, social partners, civil society, regional and international organizations to share policies and experiences in the global fight against child labour.

    The Conference – organized by the Brazilian Government – will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the previous global conference was held in The Hague in 2010, and to discuss ways to accelerate global efforts against child labour – especially its worst forms.