Targeting the Worst Forms of Child Labour: Combating Child Labour and Economic Exploitation among Adolescents in the Sericulture Industry in Karnataka

Contribute to GOI’s efforts to combat child labour and reduce the vulnerability of adolescents to economic exploitation through an integrated package of technical assistance.

This project aims to contribute to the Government of India's efforts to combat the worst forms of child labour and reduce the vulnerability of adolescents to economic exploitation through an integrated package of technical assistance in the areas of education, training and income generation and upgrading of local industries

Geographical coverage

Karnataka, India (Bidar and Chamrajnagar Districts)

Implementing Agencies: The National Child Labour Project Society (NCLPS), training institutions, employers' and workers' organizations, youth groups, sub-contractors, owners and their associations, NGOs, panchayati raj institutions, and local institutions/organizations


  • 5,000 children (8 to 14 years) mainstreamed into formal education;
  • 2,000 adolescents (14+ to 18 years) provided with income generation skills or formal vocational training;
  • 1,000 adult family members provided with income generation skills and assistance to establish self-employment activities in the local economy;
  • 180 self help groups with 20 mothers each formed;
  • 3,600 mothers trained in thrift and credit activities; and
  • 100 owners of silk reeling and twisting industries facilitated to upgrade their businesses to child labour free production.


  • Prevention and withdrawal of child labour through awareness raising and education;
  • To adapt, implement and institutionalize the ILO’s Community based Training (CBT) and Start/Improve Your Business (S/IYB) methodologies for employment and income generation at the local or district level;
  • To provide community based skills training and self employment support services for Project beneficiaries;
  • Formation of self help groups of mothers of released child workers and formation of Block level and District level federation of such SHGs;
  • Identification of appropriate vocational training institutions for delivering skills training programmes utilizing modular training techniques;
  • Upgrading local industries for better working conditions and child labour free production;
  • Strengthen grass root level institutions, block level institutions, National Child Labour Project Society, and state level institutions;
  • To set up a Community monitoring setup and network the same with grass root institutions so as to monitor out of school children and child labour and ensure convergence of services for the benefit of child workers and their families; and
  • Policy research, innovation and advisory services.