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, IPEC is primarily a field-based programme that delivers practical support to countries through its projects. These projects are either centralized or decentralized or, and in most cases the later.

IPEC works primarily through Ministries of Labour but is increasingly promoting the engagement and networking of other key ministries, especially Education, national statistical offices and national social partners. 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 & Policy Development (Including Statistical Survey, Rapid Assessments, Baselines)
  • Advocacy & 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.

IPEC has had project operations in 88 countries in five regions of the world. You can find the full list of IPEC projects by country at the Regions and countries section.