United States and Viet Nam launch joint programme with ILO to combat child labour

On 4 December 2014, an ILO project was approved to combat child labour in Viet Nam, based on a donation from the United States Department of Labor of US$ 8 million and US$ 1.2 million from the Government of Viet Nam.

Press release | 02 March 2015
The main aim of the project is to prevent and reduce child labour in Viet Nam, and to support Viet Nam's National Plan of Action to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam. The aims to achieve the following:
  • improve the capacity of national institutions and stakeholders to identify and respond to child labour through policy and legal formulation and the enhanced monitoring and enforcement of laws, as part of the promotion of international labour standards
  • raise awareness of child labour in Viet Nam, the hazards associated with child labour and prohibitions against child labour among all levels of society
  • developing intervention models aimed at preventing and withdrawing children at risk or in the worst forms of child labour in selected rural and urban areas and sectors, with a view to their replication at a greater level, including
    - the prevention and reduction of child labour;
    - education and training opportunities for those in or vulnerable to child labour;
    - livelihood support, including increased access to relevant social services for vulnerable households.
The project will help Viet Nam implement the ILO's Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182), which Viet Nam ratified in December 2000. Legislation and policies related to child labour will be reviewed, modified and brought into line with the Convention. The capacity of Viet Nam's national and provincial government agencies involved in monitoring and addressing the problem of child labour will be enhanced.

The project will be implemented over five years  in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang and other locations.