An estimated 215 million children are engaged in child labor worldwide, and nearly 21 million are victims of forced labor. Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives them of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, or is mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous and harmful. According to the International Labor Organization, forced labor refers to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as accumulated debt, retention of identity papers, or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.
While legislation across the world prohibits these practices, research is essential to developing evidence-based policies and programs that have a real impact on this global problem. IMPAQ’s research, program evaluations, and technical assistance helps child and forced labor prevention and reduction projects understand and improve their impact, ultimately bringing brighter opportunities to future generations.
IMPAQ collects, analyzes, and interprets data useful for designing and improving evidence-based programs to mitigate child labor prevalence, including specifically hazardous work and the worst forms of child labor.
For example, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) contracted with IMPAQ to assess the efficacy of interventions aimed at combating child labor in India, Malawi, Panama, Ecuador, and Rwanda. IMPAQ is designing and implementing random control trials to assist ILAB in determining the effectiveness of programs such as Child Friendly Villages, which is implemented by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organization founded in 2014 by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi.
We are providing policy-makers and other stakeholders with the tools they need to be successful in combatting child labor.
For example, IMPAQ is also working with ILAB on a “Child Labor Beneficiary Monitoring Toolkit.” IMPAQ is developing guidelines and resources to be used by child labor elimination projects, providing guidance in their development and implementation of tracking systems to monitor children’s education and work status. Additionally, IMPAQ will develop a prototype tracking database that will be provided to ILAB grantees who are seeking to develop child labor monitoring programs.
Read more about these and related projects below.
Complete our contact form or call us at (443) 259-5500 to discuss how IMPAQ can help evaluate and enhance public programs and policies.