ACCEL Africa - Malawi

Child labour continues to be a challenge in Malawi where 2.12 million children representing 38 per cent of all children aged 5-17 are engaged in child labour.

Some 1.16 million children or 20.9 per cent are in-volved in hazardous work.

Child labour is present in almost all sectors, including agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, mining, services and construction.

Agriculture and related sub-sectors alone account for 66.2 per cent of children engaged in hazardous work. In Malawi, this project will focus on the elimination of child labour in the tea and coffee supply chains.

Latest

  1. Press release

    Immediate steps are needed to avoid falling further behind on fighting child labour

    16 June 2021

    “We are empowering our district and regional labour officers to ensure that they are going in all sectors to smoke out child labour and forced labour. We are doing this together with other stakeholders to ensure effective inspections,” Malawi Deputy Minister of Labour, Ms. Vera Kamtukule.

  2. Article

    Malawian Children Trafficked to Mozambique in Search of Jobs

    12 June 2021

    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.

  3. Article

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

    04 June 2021

    Through the Accel Africa Reporting on child labour in Africa course, learners are introduced to a number of different issues, including international labour standards, ethical reporting of child-related information, or collecting testimonies from vulnerable sources of information. They also learn about the relevant context of child labour in agricultural supply chains, such as in the tobacco, cotton or cocoa industries.

  4. Vacancy notice

    Terms of Reference for the recruitment of a junior consultant in Monitoring -Evaluation and Knowledge Management for ACCEL Africa project

    14 May 2021

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is seeking a junior consultant in Monitoring -Evaluation and Knowledge Management for ACCEL Africa project. For more information on the evaluation and the profile required for application, please see the attached Terms of Reference. Deadline for submission of applications: June 28th, 2021 at 4:00 pm GMT. Applicants interested in this service should provide the following information: - A statement describing how the applicant's skills, qualifications, and experience are relevant to the qualifications required for this position. - An updated CV, - Two recent references available including email and phone number. - A financial offer including the daily rate requested in USD and the daily rate received for similar work in the last two years. - Date of availability. Please contact Moukaïla Amadou (amadoum@ilo.org), copy to Steve Meledje (meledje@ilo.org ) for any question related to this call for tender or to send us your application.

  5. Vacancy notice

    Terms of Reference for the recruitment of and individual national consultant to conduct an initial survey in ACCEL Africa project beneficiary communities in Malawi

    05 May 2021

    The International Labour Office (ILO) is seeking a national consultant evaluator to conduct an initial survey in the beneficiary communities of the ACCEL Africa project in Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. For more information on the evaluation and the profile required for application, please see the attached Terms of Reference. The Evaluation period requested is May-June 2021 and the Deadline for submission of applications: May 15, 2021

  6. Publication

    Ten Year Action Plan on the Eradication of Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery In Africa (2020-2030): Agenda 2063-SDG Target 8.7

    06 April 2021

    The Action Plan seeks to contribute to and support the acceleration of progress towards the achievement of the Agenda 2063 – SDG 8.7 target. This involves ending child labour by 2025 and forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery by 2030. The target population are children, women and men who are victims of or vulnerable to the forms of exploitation addressed by the Agenda 2063 - SDG 8.7 target.

  7. Press release

    Malawi’s Ministry of Labour pledges to accelerate efforts for the eradication of child labour

    01 April 2021

    The Deputy Minister of Labour, Malawi, Honourable Vera Kamtukule has joined the African Union and its Member States, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and other stakeholders in adding her voice in pursuit of the global target to eliminate child labour in all its forms by 2025.

  8. #EndChildLabour2021

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

    31 March 2021

    In Africa, the regional launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour marked a call to a shift from commitment to action towards the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063 and SDG target 8.7.

  9. #EndChildLabour2021

    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 joined voices to advance towards the achievement of target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda, relating to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.

  10. Publication

    Malawi country profile on occupational safety and health 2020

    24 February 2021

    Malawi has updated its first OSH Profile which was compiled in 2009. The National OSH Profile is an inventory of all the tools and resources available in the country that are used for implementing and managing OSH services; This Profile has identified gaps and needs for further development of existing legal framework, standards, capacity and financial resources, administrative and technical infrastructures related to the management of OSH in Malawi.

  11. Article

    ILO and TAML collaborate to advance children’s rights in Malawi

    02 February 2021

    Through the new programme, TAML will promote best practice tea estate policies and codes of conduct through inclusive business models with smallholder farmers on child labour, engage with smallholder farmers for improved compliance throughout the tea supply chain, and support its members with monitoring and capacity building services.

  12. News

    International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour — beyond commitments to action

    21 January 2021

    An interview with Ms. Cynthia Samuel-Olonjuwon, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, on the occasion of the launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, which took place on January 21, 2021.

  13. Press release

    ILO and ECAM collaborate to fight child labour in Malawi

    15 December 2020

    The new action programme will see ECAM establish a National Employer Taskforce Against Child Labour, promote child labour elimination policies and practices across the private sector, and facilitate more and better Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments by companies to address the root causes of child labour in supply chains.

  14. Article

    New partnership between the Government of Norway and the International Labour Organization to improve working conditions in Malawi’s tobacco sector

    08 December 2020

    This new project is well aligned to the strategic priorities of development cooperation between Norway and Malawi, which include a focus on the agriculture sector and respect for human rights, as well as with Norway’s global development cooperation priorities regarding the elimination of modern slavery and child labour.

  15. Press release

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

    22 September 2020

    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.

  16. Press release

    Malawi’s Tripartite Labour Advisory Council deliberates on child labour

    21 September 2020

    “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)

  17. Press release

    Malawi’s Tripartite Labour Advisory Council deliberates on child labour

    21 September 2020

    Lilongwe, 21 September 2020 – The Honourable Ken Kandodo, M.P. Malawi’s Minister of Labour, opened a meeting of the country’s Tripartite Labour Advisory Council (TLAC) on Thursday 17 September 2020 stating that: “The role of the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council is perhaps more important now than ever before, given its linkage to decent work and the 2030 Agenda. In the context of COVID-19, the Council can guide our recovery plans with inclusive, informed solutions for the benefit of our country”.

  18. Press release

    Saved from the Shackles of Child Labour

    12 August 2020

    Iveta started working at the age of 15 as a domestic worker, with a salary that could not support herself and her family. The ILO enabled her to get out of child labour and learn some tailoring skills. Today, she is building a modern house for herself.

  19. Press release

    Malawi commemorates World Day Against Child Labour 2020

    12 June 2020

    Malawi joins the work in commemorating World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) with a focus this year on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour, under the slogan: COVID-19: Protect Children from Child Labour, now more than ever!

  20. Press release

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

    03 June 2020

    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)