Policy Brief

Child labour and social protection in Nepal

This policy brief looks at the extent to which social protection is supporting the reduction and prevention of child labour in Nepal and provides recommendations on how to further leverage the national social protection system to better protect children.

Social protection systems are essential in the fight against child labour as it reduces family poverty risks and vulnerability and supports livelihoods and school enrolments. While the Government of Nepal (GoN) has made significant developments in the extension of social security as well as in the reduction of child labour, potential pathways to enhance social protection schemes to fight child labour in Nepal needs to be developed with clear and comprehensive linkages between the two.