PROMOTE: Decent Work for Domestic Workers to End Child Domestic Work

The Project aims to reduce child domestic workers significantly by building institutional capacities of domestic worker organizations to promote decent work for domestic workers effectively.

Project background

In June 2011, the ILO adopted ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (DWDWs) that, in ratifying Member states, will extend key labor protection to millions of workers, mostly women and children, whose basic rights are not assured. This Convention constitutes the first global standard for the 52.6 million1 domestic workers (DWs) worldwide.

Through its adoption, the International Labour Conference gave a clear message: DWs, like other workers, have the right to decent working and living conditions. The Convention makes clear that children above the minimum age for employment must be given special protection when employed in domestic work. The PROMOTE project promotes the realization of DWDWs as a means to reduce child domestic labor.

PROMOTE Project aims at reducing CDWs significantly by building institutional capacities of DWOs to promote DWDW effectively. The Project works to increase the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing CDWs and promote DWDW of the DWOs, with a main focus on Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country and home to millions of child and adult domestic workers. Effectiveness in Indonesia will undoubtedly reach large numbers and have a ripple effect on policy development in the region, especially in ASEAN.

Project strategy

National and provincial strategy:PROMOTE works in partnership with three strategic coalitions/networks, namely JALA PRT,  KAPPRT-BM and JARAK, that will genuinely infl uence public discourse and action on the abolition of CDWs and the promotion of DWDWs. The project will build the capacity of the partnering DWOs to address CDWs and promote DWDWs in line with Conventions Nos. 189, 138, and 182.

Regional strategy:

PROMOTE will invest in the capacity development of two infl uential regional organizations. IDWN will promote capacity building and knowledge sharing; while, the International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacifi c regional organization (ITUCAPRO) will mobilize trade unions to advance protection and recognition of DWDWs and CDWs prevention. Through collaboration with IDWN, the DWO partners in Indonesia will be brought into an institutional framework where they will learn from the experiences and promising practices from the Asia Region and beyond, and be empowered to apply their knowledge to Indonesia for domestic use and action. Through the same channels, the regional and global structures will, in the latter part of the project, benefit from knowledge and promising practices generated in Indonesia.

Project component

  • Capacity Building of DWOs

    A central pillar of PROMOTE is to enhance the capacity of the partnering DWOs to take action in arange of areas aimed to reduce CDWs by promoting DWDWs.
  • Innovative Partnerships

    PROMOTE will foster innovative partnerships with a variety of actors and institutions such as trade unions (including teachers union), recruitment agencies, journalist, media and telecommunication firms, youth, community group, etc, each of which will offer a unique entry point for reducing CDWs and promoting DWDWs in Indonesia.
  • Enhancing Regional Capacity: Training Manual and Promising Practices Report

    South-South knowledge sharing and cross fertilization between DWOs in Indonesia and other countries in the region to increase their capacity to address CDWs and promote DWDWs is a core project strategy and IDWN will be a key partner in this respect.
  • Enhancing Regional Alliances: Workshops and Knowledge Sharing

    Two major regional workshops will be held during the project. The ILO’s Bureau for Workers Activities will take a leading role in these workshops, which will provide a forum for trade unions, DWOs, and other key stakeholders to discuss and share innovative approaches to address the needs of CDWs through promoting DWDWs, and discuss strategies for supporting the implementation of ILO C189.
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

    PROMOTE will develop a model and initial pilot of an ICT system that allows domestic workers to link with educational, social and legal services they might need, and to document and report instances of exploitation. The systems can also be used for information collection, rapid assessments and attitudinal polls.
  • Supporting Research and Evaluation on CDWs

  • Promoting Transparency and Accountability

    Transparency and accountability are underlying principles of PROMOTE’s strategy and will be promoted by all its components to ensure sharing of knowledge and information and to contribute to long-term sustainability of project efforts.

Key partners


  • Indonesian National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (JALA PRT)
  • Action Committee for Protection of Domestic Workers and Migrant Workers (KAPPRT – BM)
  • Child Labour Network (JARAK)


  • International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN)