Consultation meeting on inter-agency toolkit on child labour in emergencies

Under the Patronage of Lebanon’s Ministry of Labour, the ILO and Plan International hold a first-of-its-kind workshop for the Arab Region, to orient national and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations on how to tackle child labour in emergency situations.

In line with the objectives of the global Task Force and under the patronage of the Ministry of labour, Plan International and the ILO are holding a regional child labour consultation workshop in Lebanon in order to introduce the Inter-Agency Toolkit: Supporting the Protection Needs of Child Labourers in Emergencies to child labour practitioners, and to foster exchange of good practices in humanitarian child labour programming in the region.

The workshop will take place from 1-3 August 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day.

Participants include representatives of Lebanon’s Ministries of Labour, Social Affairs, Agriculture, Education, as well as representatives from General Security, Internal Security Forces, Employers and Workers Organizations, UN agencies, International and national NGO’s.

Since 2012, Plan International and the ILO have been co-leading the global Child Labour Task Force under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, former global Child Protection Working Group. The Child Labour Task Force convenes a group of practitioners from different agencies involved in child labour programming in emergency settings. Key achievements of the Child Labour Task Force have been: the development of the minimum standard (standard 12) on Child Labour, in the first edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action; the publication of a review of good practice on Worst Forms of Child Labour in emergencies (2013-2014); and the development of a global guidance for addressing child labour in emergencies (2014-2016). This guidance was published in October 2016 as the Inter-Agency Toolkit: Supporting the Protection Needs of Child Labourers in Emergencies.

Earlier this year, the global Child Labour Task Force widely disseminated the toolkit among humanitarian, development and government actors. The Task Force is currently engaged in providing direct and remote support to country-based child protection coordination mechanisms in the roll-out of the toolkit. This includes support in inter-agency strategic planning on child labour, supporting capacity building initiatives for child protection, education and livelihoods actors and putting in place strong knowledge management systems to collect best practices and lessons learned in the sector.

Objective of event:

  • Introduce the Child Labour in Emergencies Toolkit to child labour practitioners in the MENA region;
  • foster exchange, collaboration and coordination among child labour practitioners;
  • share lessons learnt and program evidence in the prevention of and response to child labour in humanitarian settings; and
  • document best practices in addressing child labour in humanitarian settings from the region and contextualize the tool kit for the Arab region.