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.
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.
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.