Child labour: GAP 11

Global Action Programme (GAP) on Child Labour Issues Project

The Global Action Programme on Child Labour Issues (GAP11) aims to increase the capacity of target countries to address child and forced labour issues.


The expected outcomes of the project are as follows:

Outcome 1: Improved legislation, enforcement and policy coordination on child labour and forced labour as well as national capacity to implement policy initiatives to increase access to quality education and sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable populations.

Outcome 2: Innovative research and monitoring systems to guide policy development and program design.

Outcome 3: Strengthened protections to children in domestic work


Project activities involve interventions across three inter-related components. Interventions relating to the three project components are being implemented across a total of over 40 countries in 5 regions.

1. Capacity building and strategic policy development - The first component involves assistance to identifying and addressing legal and regulatory gaps in the areas of child labour and forced labour, as well as to strengthening accompanying monitoring and enforcement mechanisms. This includes, for example, the training of labour inspectors and other stakeholders on child labour and forced labour. It also supports the development of and institutional capacity-building for the implementation of national action plans on the two issues, and promotes mainstreaming of child and forced labour concerns into broader sectoral policies.

2. Research and statistics - The second component seeks to improve information and statistics on child labour and forced labour in their various dimensions, and to apply this improved knowledge base in policy design. It forms part of the wider ILO strategy of using statistical information and policy analysis to guide scaled-up and accelerated action against child and forced labour.

3. Protection of child domestic workers - The third component helps strengthen protections for child domestic workers, and supports a variety of awareness raising and advocacy activities in line with the relevant international legal instruments. It also supports the formulation of enabling regulatory and policy frameworks to eliminate child labour in domestic work and protect young domestic workers of legal working age.

Component 2 is a mix of national and multi-country research/studies. While the large majority of outputs/activities under Components 1 and 3 are at the country level, there are a number of global tools and approaches being developed by these two components. These include, for example, an e-learning tool on child labour for labour inspectors, a global toolbox for the development and implementation of National Action Plans and a Toolkit on how better eliminate child labour in domestic work and provide protection to young domestic workers of legal working age. In addition the project has carried out international advocacy campaigns on child domestic work, within the framework of the World Day against Child Labour (No to child labour in domestic work) and the IIIrd Global Child Labour Conference (Brazil 2013), as well as along with the Global March against Child Labour and associated partners, to advocate in favour of Convention No.189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Countries covered

  • Asia: Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Pakistan; Philippines; Thailand; Timor Leste and Viet Nam
  • Middle-East: Lebanon
  • Africa: Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Comoros; DR Congo; Ethiopia; Gabon; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Sudan; Swaziland; Togo and Uganda
  • Americas: Belize; Brazil; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Haïti; Honduras; Panama and Paraguay
  • Europe: Azerbaijan; Turkey and Ukraine
Projects Components and expected Outcomes by country Table