TUCW research is undertaken in direct collaboration with the three UCW partner agencies –the International Labor Organization (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank.
UCW also engages with a wide range of additional partners in an effort to ensure research quality and promote the broad ownership of research results.
Additional research partners include other multilateral agencies (e.g., UNESCO, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, FAO), inter-agency initiatives (e.g., Out of School Children Initiative, Global Partnership for Education, Global Partnership for Youth Employment), research and academic institutions, regional bodies (e.g., Economic Community of West African States) and NGOs (e.g., International Youth Foundation, Save The Children, Arab Urban Development Institute, Walk Free, Work in Freedom, Plan International, Gallup, World Vision).
The U.S. Department of Labor has been a key funding partner throughout the history of UCW. The many highlights of this longstanding partnership include the first-ever Inter-Agency Report on Child Labour (for the Hague Global Child Labour Conference of 2010) and the series of inter-agency country reports on child labour and youth employment.
Global Affairs Canada, a funding partner since 2015, supports research designed, inter alia, to inform the 2017 World Child Labour Conference in Argentina and to help guide efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals relating to child labour and youth employment.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.

The UCW is an important partner of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in extending the knowledge base on child labour and of the Youth Employment Programme (YEP) in building a better understanding of the school to work transition and of the impact of early entry in the labour market on future employment outcomes.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with its partners, UNICEF work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

The UCW research provides evidence on the determinants of child labour and on the links between education and child labour, which is in turn critical for protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse.

World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: i) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%; ii) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.
The partnership with the Bank contributes to a better understanding of the impact of social protection programs on child labor and of the mechanisms underlying the transition of youth in the labour market.

U.S. Department of Labor

Partner of UCW almost since its inception, the U.S. Department of Labor has been contributing to a wide array of UCW research activities. Milestones of this longstanding collaboration include the Inter-agency report for the Hague Global Child Labour Conference of 2010 and a series of inter-agency country reports providing a common analytical understanding of child labour and youth employment.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Government of Canada

The partnership with DFADT was launched in 2015 and aims at addressing key knowledge gaps and the effective use of this research in the design of comprehensive policies and programs for addressing child labour.

Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI)

The Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI) was launched by UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2010 to accelerate efforts towards the goal of universal primary education by 2015. The goal of the Initiative is to achieve a breakthrough in reducing the number of out-of-school children.

The OOSCI has country, regional and global dimensions, and is designed to have research-oriented, action-oriented and capacity development-related outputs Twenty-five countries from seven regions are presently engaged in the Initiative.
The UCW programme supports the Initiative by exploring the analytical linkages between out-of-school children and child labour.

UNESCO, Global Monitoring Report

UCW partnered with UNESCO in support to the Education For All Global Monitoring Reports (GMR): the partnership has contributed to shed lights on the linkages between education and child labour from different angles. The inability of the education system to provide youth with the knowledge necessary to find profitable and decent work, contributing to create the so called "skill deficit" has been an area of particular focus.