Meta-analysis report

ILO African Regional Office and FUNDAMENTALS branch consolidate learning from independent evaluations of child labour programmes and projects in Africa (2009-2014)

In order to contribute to organisational learning and to provide guidance to ILO constituents and relevant stakeholders, the ILO African Regional Office and FUNDAMENTALS branch conducted a meta-analysis of independent final evaluations of 14 ILO projects implemented in Africa, under the IPEC, between 2009 and 2014.

News | 03 July 2018
The meta-analysis report, "Meta-analysis of evaluations on ILO child labour programmes and projects in Africa 2009-2014", is based on a desk review of the evaluation reports.

Finding were grouped in the following headings: analysis of lessons learned and good practices, trends in effectiveness, relevance and outcomes, and factors influencing success.

The questions that the study answered are the following:
  • What are the main lessons learned and good practices implemented in child labour interventions in Africa?
  • Which lessons and good practices have more potential for replication and scale-up?
  • What factors contributed to good lessons learned and good practices implemented?
  • To what extent are lessons learned as well as good practices complementary or contradictory?
  • Are there any trends or patterns regarding the effectiveness, relevance, impact, outcomes or other characteristics of evaluated projects?
  • What are the external and contextual factors that can determine success or failure of the child labour interventions (e.g. political, economic, etc.)?
  • Which are the most repeating external and contextual factors that hindered projects outcomes to be achieved?
  • Which are the most repeating external and contextual factors that have contributed to successful project outcomes?
  • What are the ILO internal factors that hindered project efficiency and project results?
The topics that were recurrent throughout the evaluation reports analysed include project design, enabling environment, advocacy, networking, awareness raising, role of implementing agencies, the integrated-area based approach, the Community Action Plans and the Community Child Labour Committees, the project beneficiaries, vocational training, income generation activities, village savings and loan groups, children participation, Child labour monitoring systems; and shared learning and knowledge management.

It would be unfair to highlight some of them here as most of them are quite valuable. We invite you to read the report.