Project profile — Understanding Children's Work - Action Against Child Labour


ILO - International Labour Organization (41302)
2015-03-27 - 2018-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (40.00%)
• America, regional (30.00%)
• Asia, regional (30.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Human rights (15160) (60.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to end violence, exploitation and abuse of children, with a focus on the progressive elimination of child labour. The Understanding Children’s Work Programme (a joint ILO-UNICEF-World Bank initiative) provides a global platform for child labour policy dialogue, partnership building and research cooperation. The goal of the project is to support partner agencies and national governments in improving the statistical information on child labour in its various dimensions, its nature, extent, causes and consequences, as well as on what policy approaches are most effective in addressing it. A wide range of stakeholders, including the International Labour Organization, UNICEF and World Bank conduct country-level research on child labour and youth employment challenges to gain a better understanding of these issues and advance policy dialogue. Overall, the project promotes research addressing key knowledge gaps and the effective use of this research in the design of comprehensive policies and programs aimed at addressing child labour and youth employment. Project research outputs constitutes an input to the World Child Labour Conference in Argentina in 2017, while the indicators and statistics produced as part of the project helps in monitoring the post-2015 goals relating to child labour and youth employment. Project activities include: (1) extending and strengthening the global knowledge base on child labour and the links between child labour and youth employment; (2) building and disseminating critical knowledge concerning the impact of interventions to eliminate child labour in a variety of policy areas; (3) strengthening the technical tools and indicators used to measure, monitor and analyze child labour and youth employment issues; and (4) providing broad access to UCW research outputs in order to promote their uptake and use.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened national tracking and monitoring of the elimination of child labour, including in support to country-owned policies and plans; (2) increased accountability and monitoring of progress in the child labour field, including the post-2015 development agenda; and (3) increased effectiveness of partnerships to address child labour.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the ILO’s Understanding Children’s Work Programme through the support of the Government of Canada and other international donors from January to December 2015 include: (1) publication of the second ILO World Report on Child Labour (Paving the way to decent work for young people) stressing the importance of intervening against child labour early in the life cycle and securing decent work later on; (2) Understanding Children’s Work also began a major new research effort analysing the factors underlying child labour trends. This research will feed into the proceedings of the forthcoming Global Child Labour Conference in Argentina in 2017, and, more broadly, will help inform efforts towards eliminating child labour by the 2025 target date set in the Sustainable Development Goals (target 8.7);(3) overall, the reporting period saw a continuation of UCW’s role as a platform for efforts aimed at developing and harmonising child labour indicators. UCW completed the process of revising the child labour indicators contained in the UCW Country Statistics database; and (4) an inter-agency technical meeting on forced child labour involving UCW alongside UNICEF, ILO, US Department of Labor, the Global March Against Child Labour and other groups was held in in New York.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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