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Country factsheets on child labour


Downloadable reports and studies developed by the UCW Programme.


Statistical tables on child labour, schooling and related indicators for over 80 countries.


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The Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) programme is an inter-agency research cooperation initiative involving the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank.

UCW is guided by the Roadmap adopted at The Hague Global Child Labour Conference 2010.

The Roadmap calls for effective partnership across the UN system to address child labour, and for mainstreaming child labour into policy and development frameworks.

The Roadmap also calls for improved knowledge sharing and for developing further methodologies and capacity to conduct research on child labour.

UCW research activities are designed to inform policies that impact upon the lives of child labourers in countries where they are prominent.
Research efforts help provide a common understanding of child labour, and a common basis for action against it.

UCW research extends to a variety of policy issues associated with child labour, including education, youth employment and migration.

For further information on the UCW Programme, see the Programme information pamphlet and the newsletter.


Child Labor: Evidence and Action Workshop
World Child Labor Day this year falls on June 12, 2016. According to the most recent ILO estimates, 168 million children are trapped in child labor worldwide, of which 85 million work in hazardous conditions while 5.5 million are victims of forced labor. Child labor is a complex phenomenon influenced by a multitude of factors, and is often exacerbated by situations of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where social protection systems might be at their weakest or non-existent. While a la...
Child labour and the youth decent work deficit in Ghana
The current Report examines the related issues of child labour and youth employment in the context of Ghana. Guided by observed outcomes in terms of schooling, work activities and status in the labour market, the report considers the economic as well as the social determinants of child labour and youth employment. The sixth round of the Ghana Living Standards Survey 2012 (GLSS 6, 2012) is the primary data source for the report. Data from this survey permit a comprehensive and nationally-repres...
Seminar: The transition from school to work
The UCW Programme and the School of Labor and Human Resources of the Renmin University of China are organizing a one day seminar to present recent research on the transition from school to work, on the impact of early entry in the labour market and its linkages with educational and youth employment outcomes. The seminar will also aim at identifying key information gaps relating to these themes, thereby helping to guide future research efforts....
IZA/OECD/World Bank/UCW Workshop on Job Quality in Post-transition, Emerging and Developing Countries
The labor economics literature has seen a growing interest in the role of job quality over the last years. To a large extent, this interest stems from substantial impacts of the quality of employment on important aspects of people‘s lives, ranging from productivity to health and life expectancy. Not surprisingly, the issue of job quality stays high on the public policy agenda, including national governments and international organizations. The G20 Leaders have adopted last year in Antalya the G...