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Name: National Plan of Action on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (NPA-WFCL) 2008-2012.
Country: Cambodia
Subject(s): Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
Type of legislation: Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)
Adopted on: 2008-06-16
Entry into force:
ISN: KHM-2008-M-93428
Bibliography: NPA-WFCL 2008-2012, Printed Separately, 88 pages
Abstract/Citation: The NPA-WFCL mirrors the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) 2006-2010 and the Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDG) goals of reducing the incidence of child labour to 8% by 2015. It adopts an integrated, cross-sectoral approach to child labour reduction, and envisages the active involvement of all key stakeholders. The plan contains 8 areas of action: (1) research and study (to generate information needed to guide policy and raise awareness); (2) policy and institutional development (to strengthen the policy framework and institutional capacity to implement policy); (3) legislation and enforcement (to strengthen the legal framework and national capacity for enforcement); (4) advocacy, networking and social mobilisation (to raise awareness of child labour and national commitment to address it); (5) education (to provide a viable alternative to child labour); (6) prevention (to address supply- and demand-side factors causing children to enter worst forms of child labour); (7) protection (to protect the existing stock of older (15-17 year-old) child workers from workplace harm); and (8) withdrawal/ removal and rehabilitation (to remove children from harmful or exploitative work and enable them to reintegrate into society).
The NPA-WFCL is anchored in the broader policy frameworks of the CMDG and NSDP, which provide opportunities for main-streaming child labour policy, issues and support into key development programmes in the country and major donors. Coordinating the links into the NPA and subsequently to the CMDG and NSDP will be critical to ensure that support is maximised.
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