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  1. Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa

    Duration of project: 15 November 2018 - 30 June 2023
    Project code: RAF/18/08/NLD

Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa (ACCEL AFRICA)

  • ILO Trains Tea and Coffee Supply Chain Actors on Child Labour Due Diligence in Uganda

    Through the training, participants were able to reflect on the specific challenges that they face and learned how to use different practical tools to implement in practice the different steps in a child labour due diligence process by which companies identify, prevent, manage and account for the negative impact occurring in their operations or value chains.

  • Social Finance Brief: Responsible finance in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire

    The study seeks to assess the responsibility as well as legal obligations of financial sector actors in eliminating child labour in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire, especially those actors financing cocoa transactions at the level of exporters, buyers, and cooperatives. Current practices and potential roles of financial sector actors to address the issue of child labour in this context are assessed, and recommended actions are presented. This includes current practices in the sector and recommendations to use their leverage role in tackling child labour.

  • Communication Strategies on Child Labour: From awareness raising to action

    Although child labour globally has reduced in the last twenty years, in the African continent the opposite can be seen. The vast majority of children in child labour in Africa can be found in agriculture. In order to reach the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) further action to reduce child labour in Africa is therefore necessary.

    One of the ways to stimulate action to reduce child labour is an awareness to action campaign. This study presents examples of campaigns focusing on Africa, but also on consumers and companies in Europe that buy products possibly made by children in Africa. In order to develop campaigns, the study looked at critical success factors from other behavioural awareness campaigns, and into the literature on child labour and how child labour is perceived on the African continent as well as in Europe. Those insights are critical, as perception, attitude and behaviour are linked. Check out the study here!

  • Free self-guided on-line course

    Reporting on child labour for media

    The ITC-ILO in collaboration with the ACCEL Project in Africa is offering this self-guided online training to improve the communicating on child labour. This free self-guided course considers the practicalities of preparing and producing a news article on child labour in a compelling and ethical manner.

    Journalists and communication professionals can play an important role in drawing the attention of the public and other actors on child labour and the global goal of bringing this human rights abuse to an end by the globally agreed target of 2025.

    To learn more or to join this course visit: Self-guided course on reporting on child labour for Media

  • News

    International Labour Organization (ILO) and Malawi Congress of Trade Unions partner for trade union action to accelerate the elimination of child labour

    “As MCTU, we look forward to leveraging this partnership to further enhance our ongoing efforts to build the capacity of our affiliated trade unions, especially those representing workers in the formal and informal sectors, as well as smallholder trusts, associations, and cooperatives, in the targeted tea and coffee-growing communities to identify and address child labour and its root causes,” MCTU Secretary General Mr. Madalitso Njolomole.

    Valued at almost MWK 170 million (equivalent to more than USD $200,000), the partnership has been established under the ILO’s ‘Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa’ (ACCEL Africa) project which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.

  • The ILO brings together experts in Europe to discuss the development of its campaign on child labour in global supply chains.

    The workshop also brought together potential implementing agencies to implement the campaign in Europe, selected based on their expression of interest and proposed supply chains to be covered and types of interventions to be conducted, to discuss the details of the campaign.

    In the next phases, technical and financial proposals should be received by the ILO Accel Africa project by the end of October.

  • Focus on WIND: an ILO integrated approach to eliminate child labour in cocoa farming

    The analysis of the root causes of child labour revealed, says the ACCEL Africa coordinator, "that the absence of Occupational Health and Safety is a vector of child labour. In the absence of occupational health and safety measures, children of working age can find themselves performing dangerous work, prohibited by Ivorian legislation. Also, the lack of occupational health and safety measures exposes parents to work-related accidents who, in the event of disability, use their children as a substitute workforce.

    In order to find solutions to these problems, the ACCEL Africa project organised a training course for 15 WIND Cacao trainers in April 2021. These trainers were mainly from the labour administration and the agricultural administration.

  • International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) partner to eliminate child labour through school improvements and access to education

    “This partnership comes at a critical time, as COVID-19 has contributed to rising rates of school dropouts, including because of the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, as well as periodic school closures. Some of the children who have dropped out of school as a result have become involved in child labour.

    As TUM, this is something that gravely concerns us. Indeed, the TUM Statement of Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct for Teachers identifies child labour as a crosscutting issue that our organization needs to play a role in addressing”, said Mr. Charles Kumchenga, the Secretary-General of TUM.

  • ILO promotes the extension of Universal Health Coverage to rural households in cocoa-producing areas

    The ACCEL Africa project collaborates with the Institution de Prévoyance Sociale, known as the Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie (IPS-CNAM), which is responsible for managing CMU schemes.

    The IPS-CNAM was created by decree n° 2014-395 of 25 June 2014. It is under the supervision of the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection.

    The objective of the collaboration with CNAM is to improve the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (CMU) in the target areas (SOUBRE AND M'BATTO), with a view to using it as a tool to reduce social vulnerability to child labour.

  • World Day against Child Labour

    AU, ILO and UNICEF mark the World Day against Child Labour in Africa

    The African Union, International Labour Organization and UNICEF hosted a virtual continental event to mark the World Day against Child Labour in Africa, bringing together key actors who discussed strategies to address child labour, taking a holistic and systemic approach. The June 18 event followed the release of the 2020 Global Child Labour Estimates report and related analysis and policy recommendations and capped a week of action to eliminate child labour.

  • #EndChildLabour2021

    Supporting Children's Rights through Education, Art and Media (SCREAM) in Egypt.

    The video includes interviews with a number of boys and girls describing their experience as being exposed to child labour. In addition, it includes interviews with the staff of Child Labour Center staff on their role and reflection on the programme. SCREAM included puppet theater, interactive theater and art exhibition of children on child labour.

  • Child labour rises to 160 million – first increase in two decades

    The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.

  • Child Labour

    ILO and UNICEF to release latest estimates of child labour

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF are to publish new global estimates of the number of children in child labour. Their joint report, Child Labour: 2020 Global estimates, trends and the road forward, will be launched on 10 June, 2021 ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June. ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, will present the findings at an embargoed virtual press briefing for UNOG-accredited correspondents on Wednesday 9 June from 17:30 to 18:30 Geneva time (15:30 to 16:30 GMT).

  • Act now: end child labour!

    For this year’s World Day, we will promote a “Week of Action” around 12 June, starting with the launch of the new global estimates on child labour. The events and activities carried out during this week will be an opportunity for partners to showcase progress in carrying out their “2021 Action Pledges.” All pledges made by regional, national and organizational stakeholders and individuals will be featured on the website for the 2021 International Year  in April. This year, the World Day Against Child Labour will be marked by a high-level virtual side event, organized jointly with UNICEF, during the International Labour Conference (ILC). The first part of the event will focus on a conversation on the newly released ILO-UNICEF global estimates and trends on child labour.

  • UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Lokua Kanza: We can all act to ensure a better future for our children

    Congolese singer and songwriter, Lokua Kanza, will be one of the judges of the Music Against Child Labour Initiative’s global music competition, launched by the youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) in collaboration with the ILO. He says it’s time to act to ensure a better future for children, and called on musicians to raise awareness of child labour by taking part in the competition, which closes on 12 April.

  • News

    ILO and AU launch International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour paving the way for greater collaboration among stakeholders in Africa

    Panellists recognised the complexity and magnitude of the problem in Africa and discussed the different types of solutions, existing or envisaged, ranging from access to quality education for all, access to social protection, access to decent work for adults, extending the coverage of basic services and awareness raising.

  • News

    Regional launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour in Africa

    On Wednesday, March 31, from 12:00 pm to 14:30 pm (GMT), the ILO, the African Union and other stakeholders will proceed with the launch the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour in Africa and mobilisation of stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of the African Union Ten Year Action Plan on Eradication of Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Africa (2020-2030)

  • News

    Music competition launched to raise awareness of child labour

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative, which brings together musicians to raise awareness of child labour, is launching a song competition on 3 February 2021 to mark the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Musicians of all genres are invited to submit a song to inspire governments and stakeholders to take action to eliminate child labour, which affects nearly 1 in 10 children worldwide.

  • News

    The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour marks a call to move beyond commitments to action.

    I believe that the impact of the actions to accelerate child labour elimination in 2021 will help to fast track progress towards achieving the SDG target to eliminate child labour by 2025. Furthermore, it will create momentum that will drive positive change through to 2025. In 2021, stakeholders will take action, learn from each other’s experience, and scale up their interventions through innovative approaches.

  • World Children’s Day

    When my parents lost their land, I had to leave school and go to work

    I used to enjoy going to school and ever since I was small have wanted to become a great civil servant.  I wanted to become a minister.
    Break times were my favourite. I enjoyed playing outside with my schoolmates, Johan and Claver. After classes, I would go back home and help my mother, washing dishes and collecting firewood.
    It was nice working on my homework with my father in the evenings when he returned from the field. He made sure that we got to sleep early to be able to wake up on time for school.

  • News

    Experts Validate the Report of the Evaluation of the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan for the Elimination Child Labour, especially the Worst Forms

    ‘’ I reiterate the ECOWAS Commission’s commitment to provide purposeful leadership to accompany Member states in their quest to enhance integrated and coordinated actions, and the mobilisation of the adequate resources to end child labour in the region,’’ Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender.

  • COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 leads to massive labour income losses worldwide

    A new ILO analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 reveals a “massive” drop in labour income and a fiscal stimulus gap that threatens to increase inequality between richer and poorer countries. ''Just as we need to redouble our efforts to beat the virus, so we need to act urgently and at scale to overcome its economic, social and employment impacts. That includes sustaining support for jobs, businesses and incomes," Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

  • News

    The African Union Ten Year Action Plan on Child Labour plan moves toward implementation

    The African Union (AU) is initiating discussions with stakeholders on the implementation of African Union’s Ten Year Action Plan to Eradicate Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020-2030) adopted during the AU Summit held in February 2020. This initiative resonates well with the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour which is reaching its universal ratification.

  • Press release

    Malawi’s Tripartite Labour Advisory Council deliberates on child labour

    “The meeting gives employers great confidence in the Minister’s leadership. Social dialogue is the bedrock of labour and employment. When social dialogue takes place reliably and consistently, this can contribute greatly to the development of the country. Social dialogue is one of the processes that Malawi needs if we are to become a middle income country, and the involvement of the social partners is a prerequisite for the creation of sustainable jobs,”Mr. Buxton Kayuni, President of the Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM)

  • Policy Brief

    Policy Brief: The World of Work and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down. It is having a dramatic effect on the jobs, livelihoods and well-being of workers and their families and on enterprises across the globe, particularly the small and medium sized. As with so many aspects of this pandemic, the impacts are falling disproportionately on those who were already in precarious circumstances and who can least absorb the additional blow.

  • COVID-19 and child labour

    COVID-19 may push millions more children into child labour – ILO and UNICEF

    NEW YORK/GENEVA (ILO News) – Millions more children risk being pushed into child labour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis , which could lead to the first rise in child labour after 20 years of progress, according to a new brief from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF. 

  • World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2020

    COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!

    We commemorate this year’s World Day against Child Labour, three months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, which poses real risks to the global efforts in eradicating child labour. Now more than ever before, we must protect children in Africa from child labour!

  • High-level virtual debate

    COVID-19 and Child Labour: Looking forward in times of crisis

    The high-level virtual debate will stimulate dialogue on the importance of protecting children from child labour in COVID-19 response and recovery plans, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021, and the SDG Target 8.7 to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.

  • ILO and JICA Co-organize Online Study Session on Child Labour and Business

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly organised an online study Session on Child Labour and Business on how to strengthen the collaboration in the area of child labour in order to accelerate actions for achieving Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Call for EOI for ACCEL Africa Evaluability Assessment

    ILO/ACCEL Project is looking for an international consultant to conduct the Evaluability Assessment of the ACCEL Africa project in June-July 2020 through a home-based exercise. The Evaluability Assessment of the project will take about 17 working days for the international independent consultant. The draft evaluation report should be submitted June-July 2020. The Report will be in English with Executive summary in French and English.

  • COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    New guidelines to help employers support families during COVID-19

    GENEVA (ILO News) – New guidelines for businesses, to help them support working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) .

  • Taking next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took part in a panel discussion at a major conference that took place this week in the Netherlands that aimed to set out the next steps in ending child labour in global supply chains.

Our impact, their voices

  1. Uganda

    Uganda launches innovative and inclusive Social Finance model to fight Child Labour

    During a 2-day workshop, the ILO, under the leadership of Mr. Wellington Chibebe ILO CO-Dar es Salaam Director, Uganda launched its Social Finance model, which represents an innovative and inclusive paradigm towards the achievement of Uganda’s goals and international commitments towards the elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour to 2030.

  2. Nigeria

    ILO and NECA Launch Child Labour Guidance Tool for Businesses in Nigeria

    The newly launched Child Labour Guidance Tool for Businesses in Nigeria is an addition to concerted efforts by the ILO, tripartite and social partners through the Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project, to improve and enforce legal structures, while providing innovative and evidence based solutions to address the root causes of child labour in supply chains.

  3. Nigeria

    ILO Empowers 431 Trainees in Ondo and Osun States and hands over Renovated School to Community

    To sustain its interventions on the elimination of child labour, the ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria has provided training, classroom renovation and livelihood support to parents, guardians, and children within the legal working age in Project communities within Ondo and Osun States.

  4. Mali

    Harnessing the power of technology: delivering cost-effective digital training on child labour to field officers in remote areas using mobile phones

    To raise awareness and improve the knowledge of various public and private service providers that are responsible for guiding agricultural producers in sectors with the prevalence of child labour and with the ultimate objective of reducing the risk of child labour in the agricultural sector and at the community level, the ILO ACCEL Africa project organized a pilot digital training on child labour to field officers in remote areas of Mali. The training was held entirely offline, through mobile phones.

  5. Egypt

    Validation workshop to adopt the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to combat child labour

    During the workshop, basic concepts of child labour, monitoring and referral mechanisms, as well as case management procedures and intervention mechanisms for the various categories of children engaged in child labour, were discussed.

  6. Uganda

    In Uganda, the ACCEL project provides opportunities to vulnerable youth through life and technical skills training

    This video tells the story of Nabilya a beneficiary of ACCEL Uganda, who had engaged in farming at a young age and is now a trained tailor.

  7. Egypt

    Egypt combats Child Labour by promoting and disseminating knowledge about children’s rights through SCREAM

    During the series of training sessions (12), kids are reintroduced to their rights and ways to protect themselves from child labour, as well as the main concepts of child labour and hazardous works. In addition to providing them with the tools to express themselves through arts.

  8. Nigeria

    Nigeria organizes a media engagement event to commemorate the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour.

    In observance of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands have organised a media engagement on the theme, "Universal Social Protection To End Child Labour".

  9. Egypt

    Egypt celebrates the World Day Against Child Labour with a solid commitment to supporting eradicating the worst form of Child Labour in the country

    The ACCEL Africa project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower of Egypt, organized an event to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL).

  10. Mali

    Accelerated schooling strategy (SSA/P) in Mali: 800 beneficiaries received school supply kits and textbooks

    Four thousand school kits made up of school backpacks, books, geometric materials, notebooks, and sports equipment have been provided to children who will begin the 2022-2023 school year at public schools.

  11. Côte d'Ivoire

    Launch of the ITEF Platform: a private sector initiative supported by the ACCEL Africa project to strengthen the engagement and efforts in the fight against child labour and forced labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

    The ITEF platform aims to advocate with public authorities on the expectations of the private sector and contribute to the reporting system, particularly in the context of the ILO standards. The purpose is to position Côte d'Ivoire as a responsible sourcing destination by improving its long-term access to global markets.

  12. Mali

    Stratégie de Scolarisation Accélérée (SSA/P) Passerelle in Mali: children beneficiaries of 8-12 years old are reintegrated in the formal circuit of education after 9 months of learning

    The Accelerated Schooling Strategy – or Stratégie de Scolarisation Accélérée (SSA/P) Passerelle – supported by the ILO Project supports in cooperation with NGO C.A.E.B is a viable alternative for removing children aged 8 to 12 from the cotton and gold mining supply chains.

  13. Egypt

    Decent apprenticeship training

    The training aimed to raise awareness among apprentices on the child labour phenomena and the means to eliminate it through introducing basic concepts on hazardous work, types of work-related hazards, risk assessments and how to avoid exposure to work hazards, the use of personal protection equipment and its importance.

  14. Mali

    Stakeholders of the Mali mining sector got together to discuss the implementation of the CRAFT Code as a tool to promote the elimination of child labour in the Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector through improved due diligence practices

    The CRAFT Code, developed by Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE, is designed to help both upstream and downstream players in the value chain assess critical social and environmental risks, with a specific focus on empowering artisanal miners to improve their practices in order to create better working environments as well as access to global markets and better trading conditions.

  15. Egypt

    The ILO Accel Africa supports improved apprenticeships in dual education system through transition from school to work training

    ILO ACCEL Africa Project in collaboration with  GIZ EEDS Project provided  training to 300 DES apprentices (285 girls and 15 Boys) working along the industrial part of the cotton supply chain  in the 4 targeted governorates including: Fayoum, Sharkia, Beheira and Alexandria.

  16. Uganda

    How COVID-19 has Accelerated Child Labour in the Construction Sector

    Mr James Wasswa, one of the construction site managers, acknowledged employing children at his site, but denied giving them heavy work. He said due to scarcity of adult labourers at the time, he was forced to hire children. He, however, said he paid them for their sweat.

  17. Malawi

    Malawian Children Trafficked to Mozambique in Search of Jobs

    This article uncovers a new form of exploitation where some families in Malawi are giving away their children to herd animals and work in crop fields in Mozambique at the expense of their right to education.

  18. How individuals can eliminate child labour in their communities?

    The future of the continent depends on children. We, children and youth of today, are called upon to govern and run our states tomorrow. We therefore need to be well educated in various fields, we need to dream, we need to be healthy so that we can perform well tomorrow, and all this is only possible if you, our dear parents, allow us to do so.

  19. Journalists have a key role to play in the collective effort to eliminate child labour

    Journalists can inform our societies on the prevalence of labour exploitation of children, expose economic wrongdoing and raise awareness on concrete steps that can be taken to prevent child labour or support survivors.

  20. We will be able to document SDG indicator 8.7 on child and forced labour in Mali.

    Amadou Kone participated in the training on the analysis of data on child and forced labour in Abidjan, where he had the opportunity to share his experience in the design and processing of nationwide surveys including: the design of collection tools. He represented the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) of Mali where he works as a Survey Officer.

  21. Uganda

    Fight child labour amid Covid-19 in Uganda

    During your childhood, you could have lived in the painful child labour experience. A good number of us have seen it, be it on our streets with children hawking, the village path with little children carrying heavy Jerri cans of water, young children working in plantations for long hours to the worst forms of child labour where children are engaged in various hazardous activities like mining.

  22. Ghana Study Tour: An opportunity to learn and share knowledge on the gold supply chain

    My name is Silvia Possenti and work as Supply Chain and Enterprises Officer for the Accelerating Action for the Elimination of Child Labour in Supply Chains in Africa (ACCEL Africa), an International Labour Organization (ILO) project at the Regional Office for Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  23. Malawi

    I plan to advocate for increased public funding for better and more accessible education in Malawi

    My name is Jessie Chingoma and I work as the Deputy Director of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MTCU), a national trade union centre that promotes the growth of the trade union movement in Malawi. MCTU currently has more than two dozen affiliated workers’ organization members that represent workers in different sectors and is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

  24. Uganda

    « 100 Years – 100 Lives » | UGANDA - “I still live with back pain because of my work as a child in a tea plantation”

    As she entered the UN building in Geneva to take part to the Centenary session of the International Labour Conference in June 2019, Molly Namirembe – a youth advocate from Uganda - could almost feel like she was in a dream. But this was real. She was about to deliver a strong call to put an end to child labour that destroyed part of her own childhood and that could have led her to a life in poverty.

  25. Egypt 

    « 100 Years – 100 Lives » | EGYPT - “The ILO project will contribute to the elimination of child labour in Egypt’s cotton supply chain”

    Egypt is one of the six countries covered by a new ILO project to accelerate the elimination of child labour in African supply chains. It is likely to have a major impact on thousands of children’s lives throughout the country.