Moving forward with actions to reach a future without child labour in Indonesia

Indonesian key stakeholders on child labour issues gathered together to review and examine challenges, progresses and experiences on the elimination of child labour in the country. They developed seven recommendations to move forward to the future without child labour.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 05 February 2019
The opening of the the workshop titled Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Good Practices on Child Labour Withdrawal in Indonesia
As part of the commitment of Indonesia to eliminate child labour and to reach a future without child labour, key stakeholders related to child labour formulated some key recommended actions. The recommendations would complement efforts that have already taken by Indonesia in the forms of adoption of international standards and its reflection in the national legislation framework.

I greatly appreciate the effort taken to provide a space for multi-stakeholders on child labour to share challenges, progresses and experiences in child labour withdrawal in the country. Through this meeting we could also jointly develop recommendations on future strategies and efforts to reach the target of child labour free by 2022."

Mahatmi P. Saronto, Director for Employment and Jobs Expansion of Bappenas

Mahatmi P. Saronto, Director for Employment and Jobs Expansion of the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), emphasized the importance of revisiting the Child Labour Free Roadmap which was signed on 2014 and of knowledge sharing regarding best practices on child labour elimination that have been conducted by key stakeholders related to child labour issue.

“I greatly appreciate the effort taken to provide a space for multi-stakeholders on child labour to share challenges, progresses and experiences in child labour withdrawal in the country. Through this meeting we could also jointly develop recommendations on future strategies and efforts to reach the target of child labour free by 2022,” she stated.

Similarly, Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, highlighted the importance of a joint strategy to reach the targets of Child Labour Free Roadmap as well as the 2030 SDGs, particularly its Goal 8.7 on child labour and forced labour.

The recommendations were developed during the workshop titled "Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Good Practices on Child Labour Withdrawal in Indonesia" held in Jakarta in January 2019. The workshop was jointly conducted by Bappenas, Ministry of Manpower and JARAK, a NGO network on child labour.

Seven recommendations were formulated as the following:

  1. Updating the child labour data in Indonesia;
  2. Building synergies amongst relevant ministries, employers’ and workers’ organizations, private sectors and civil society organizations;
  3. Scaling up the promotion of best practices on child labour programme to wider stakeholders, particularly local governments;
  4. Reviewing the Indonesian Roadmap for Child Labour Free by 2022, reflecting the updated government priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  5. Adopting good practices by civil society organizations to achieve the target of child labour free by 2022;
  6. Developing guidelines to mobilize company social responsibility (CSR) and/or other company programmes to contribute to the elimination of child labour; and
  7. Strengthening the role of local governments at provincial, district/city and village level as the country has allocated a decentralized budget to all 75 thousands villages for rural development.
The workshop was attended by around 80 participants from relevant governmental ministries, private sector, academia, international and national organizations, UN agencies as well as civil society organizations. They actively participated in interactive and lively discussion sessions of the workshop.