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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.


The Chinese Labor Market in Transition Workshop
As China implements labor reforms and faces changes in demography and labor dynamics, a clear understanding of the labor market transition is essential. The Renmin University of China in collaboration with UCW, the ILO and IZA is organizing a two-day workshop to analyze the Chinese labor market in a rigorous fashion. The workshop will cover any aspect of labor market adjustment in China, with attention particularly devoted to the school -to-work transitions of young workers and to youth who e...
Gender and the labour market
ICID, UCW and SITES are organizing a one-day workshop to present recent research on gender differences in the labour market and to contribute filling in the knowledge gap concerning the causes of gender discrimination in the labour market. A theme of particular focus will be the role of gender discrimination on education access and its consequences on employment outcomes, with particular emphasis on child labour, early entry in the labour market and the school-to-work transition. The workshop ...
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...
Closing the Evidence Gap on Interventions to Address Child Labor Workshop
According to the most recent ILO estimates, 215 million children are trapped in child labor worldwide, of which 115 million work in hazardous conditions while 6 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 large set of policy instruments can be used to tackle child l...