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Stop Child Labour

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  • Stop Child Labour

    Aim

    To ensure at least 15 years of full-time formal education for children, change the attitudes of those who keep children in work, and help create reliable sources of income for adults who see no alternative but to send their children to work.

    Where

    Asia, Africa and Latin America

    Why

    Hivos believes all people have the right – and the ability – to shape their lives on the basis of personal choices. But not when the choices of some hold sway over the destiny of others, as in the case of child labourers. No child should be working. All children have the right to a good education, the right to play, the right to enjoy their childhood and the right to realize their full potential as human beings. Eradicating child labour means development and better opportunities for everyone, and it is possible to eliminate child labour if all stakeholders take responsibility and work together.

    How

    Stop Child Labour works with organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America that share its aim and promotes child labour free zones where inhabitants agree to eliminate child labour together. The program convinces businesses and CSR initiatives of the need to eliminate child labour and, where possible, collaborates with them. Globally, it encourages governments and international organizations to develop more coherent policies and programs on child labour and education and urges companies to remove children from their production chains. SCL’s campaign mobilizes citizens in the global North to demand the same rights for children in the global South that their own children enjoy.

    Results so far

    Since 2003, SCL and its partners have played a crucial role in eliminating child labour and promoting formal quality education for all. By working closely with local communities and community-based organizations, SCL has helped create 122 child labour free zones. In the past five years, SCL withdrew more than 63,000 children from labour and (re) integrated them in the formal education system. Local and national governments are now using the same approach. SCL is also successfully working with companies – including the textile, garment, and gold sectors – to ensure sustainable supply chains that are free of child labour (and other human rights abuses).

    Current period and budget

    2017-2019, € 2,568 million

    Donors

    Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Postcode Lottery, European Union.

    Coalition partners

    General Union for Education (AOb), FNV Mondiaal, the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), ICCO Cooperation, Kerk in Actie and Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland. The coalition is coordinated by Hivos and cooperates closely with local organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

  • Getting down to Business

    Aim

    To ensure that companies and CSR initiatives include a community-based approach to getting children out of work and into formal quality education in their policies and practices – one which is subsequently promoted and strengthened by governments, policymakers and (inter)national organizations.

    Where

    Asia and Africa

    Why

    There is still a way to go before we effectively rid supply chains of child labour and ensure that children working in these supply chains are guided from work to education. Measures taken by the private sector to this end have unfortunately often just shifted child labour to other parts of supply chains or other sectors and regions. We have also seen that supply chain actors often hide (risks of) child labour and are reluctant to cooperate in areas of traceability and transparency. Building trust and convincing them to partner with us takes time, but is now bearing fruit, which means we must continue in this direction to realize the results we started out to achieve.

    How

    Stop Child Labour (SCL) is an international coalition working with organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America that share its aim and promote child labour free zones where inhabitants agree to eliminate child labour together. It convinces businesses and CSR initiatives of the need to eliminate child labour and, where possible, collaborates with them. SCL’s innovative ‘Getting down to Business’ program combines efforts from both sides: top down (certifying and verifying supply chain actors) as well as bottom up (creating area-based child labour free zones). SCL believes that this combined approach can be a sustainable solution to help eradicate all forms of child labour and create and maintain responsible business practices.

    For results, donors and budget, please see our program information on Stop Child Labour.