GENEVA (ILO News) – The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has signed two cooperative agreements granting the International Labour Organization USD 17.5 million to support activities to combat child and forced labour around the world.
The first agreement – named Global Action Program on Child Labour and worth USD 15 million – will support activities in 41 countries and 5 regions. A capacity building component of the program includes assistance in addressing legal and regulatory gaps on child labour and forced labour and strengthening national action plans. A second component will improve child labour data. A final component seeks to strengthen protections for child domestic workers though awareness raising, supporting the development of policy frameworks and development of intervention models to protect child domestic workers.
A separate USD 2.5 million project on Global Evaluation and Monitoring will aim to increase the knowledge base on effective interventions that can be replicated and up-scaled within and across countries. It will also support the use of monitoring and evaluation techniques to identify the most effective strategies to combat the worst forms of child labour. The Project will build on the progress achieved since 2000 through several other USDOL-funded ILO projects on areas such as impact evaluation, tracer studies, beneficiary monitoring and tracking, project monitoring systems and policy impact.
“While the last decade saw important achievements in the fight against child labour, there are still 215 million children in child labour of which approximately 115 million are in its worst forms. The continued presence of forced labour around the world remains an equally pressing concern. These new cooperation agreements will enable the ILO to continue to build the global knowledge base and support the development of policy frameworks and action to tackle child labour and forced labour”, said Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).
Both new projects will be implemented by the ILO through IPEC, while an important share of the research-based activities and outputs will be conducted through Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), a joint ILO-UNICEF-World Bank research initiative. The ILO’s Special Action Program to Combat Forced Labour (SAP/FL) will support the forced labour related activities.
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