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Child labour

The latest ILO estimates indicate that 152 million children around the world engage in harmful and exploitative work, signalling the need for urgent action to eliminate child labour by 2025 (SDG 8.7). To help achieve this goal, the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti conducts research to identify effective policies to eliminate child labour and improve education outcomes.

Our research follows the guiding framework provided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects children from harmful work. Based on ILO Conventions, we recognise various forms of child work, including non-hazardous work, child labour, as well as worst forms of child labour.  

Child Labour and Social Protection in Africa

This project studies whether national cash transfer programmes primarily aimed at poverty reduction can help reduce child labour. Under a Cooperative Agreement with funding from the United States Department of Labor (USDoL) (see disclaimer here), we generate mixed-method evidence from Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Child labour and Education in India and Bangladesh

This project studies the relationship between child labour and education outcomes and assesses the effectiveness of educational strategies in reducing child labour. With a focus on India and Bangladesh, the project is funded with UK aid from the UK Government, as part of the broader FCDO Asia Regional Child Labour Programme. 

Child labour

The latest ILO estimates indicate that 152 million children around the world engage in harmful and exploitative work, signalling the need for urgent action to eliminate child labour by 2025 (SDG 8.7). To help achieve this goal, the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti conducts research to identify effective policies to eliminate child labour and improve education outcomes.

Our research follows the guiding framework provided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects children from harmful work. Based on ILO Conventions, we recognise various forms of child work, including non-hazardous work, child labour, as well as worst forms of child labour.  

Child Labour and Social Protection in Africa

This project studies whether national cash transfer programmes primarily aimed at poverty reduction can help reduce child labour. Under a Cooperative Agreement with funding from the United States Department of Labor (USDoL) (see disclaimer here), we generate mixed-method evidence from Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Child labour and Education in India and Bangladesh

This project studies the relationship between child labour and education outcomes and assesses the effectiveness of educational strategies in reducing child labour. With a focus on India and Bangladesh, the project is funded with UK aid from the UK Government, as part of the broader FCDO Asia Regional Child Labour Programme. 

LATEST INNOCENTI PUBLICATIONS

This paper examines the impact of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) on child work and education.

AUTHOR(S)

Jacobus de Hoop; Margaret W. Gichane; Valeria Groppo; Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski

This paper reports the impact on child schooling and work of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Programme (CGP), an unconditional cash transfer programme targeted to households with children aged under 3 years in three districts of the country. The impacts reported here lead to the conclusion that unconditional cash transfers in Africa have significant positive impacts on children’s human capital.

AUTHOR(S)

Sudhanshu Handa; Luisa Natali; David Seidenfeld; Gelson Tembo; Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team

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