MAP16 Project activities in Serbia

The project aims to build and apply the critical knowledge needed to inform policy choices to combat child labour and forced labour, and to support measures to address these challenges in key countries (including Serbia). In support of this effort, the project develops knowledge, advocacy, capacity-building and global action necessary to eradicate child labour and forced labour.
In 2017, Serbia made significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government of Serbia adopted and implemented targeted laws and regulations. Training on child labour was conducted for labour inspectors and the government passed the Strategy for Preventing and Suppressing Human Trafficking. In addition, Serbia published a labour force survey with data on children working between the ages of 15 and 18. However, children in Serbia engage in the worst forms of child labour, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also perform dangerous tasks in street work.

The Serbian component of the global project will be implemented by the ILO’s local team in Belgrade with the support of ILO's Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch (FUNDAMENTALS).

Country project objectives

The project in Serbia will support the implementation of Roadmap measures developed by the CLEAR project with a focus on:

  1. improving the institutional framework for monitoring the prevalence of child labor;
  2. improvement of the normative framework with the aim of better compliance with international standards on the protection of children at work;
  3. strengthening the role of social protection in the prevention and protection of children against child labour, and
  4. improvement of the enforcement of laws and policies relating to the protection of children against child labour, including its worst forms.

Implementing partners

Relevant ministries; employers’ and workers organizations; research organizations and civil society organizations.

Target beneficiaries

The target beneficiaries are child workers and their families. Other indirect beneficiaries are social workers, police officers, labour inspectors and other relevant stakeholders.