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

  • 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.