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Strengthening Policy and Enforcement to Combat Child Labor among Vulnerable Populations in Ecuador and Panama

The U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) published an amendment to SGA 12-10. The amendment deletes references to the Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and extends the project deadline for submission of applications to November 19, 2012.


Strengthening Worker Organizations in Haiti and Peru

The U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $2.2 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to promote worker rights and build the capacity of worker organizations in specific export-oriented sectors of the Haitian and Peruvian Economies. The projects should propose innovative ways to provide these services in partnership with local organizations and institutions. Organizations can compete for the full amount in both countries, or the partial amount in each country. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15, 2012.


Strengthening Protection of Internationally Recognized Labor Rights in Colombia

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $1.5 million to one or more organizations to raise awareness of and improve workers’ ability to protect and claim their labor rights in Colombia. The project will strengthen the capacity of local organizations to educate and provide advice to workers about the scope and applicability of relevant labor and criminal laws, and when necessary, provide legal services to assist with the procedural and documentation requirements to exercise those rights. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15 2012.


Reducing Child Domestic Work by Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $5 million for a technical assistance project to support efforts to reduce child domestic work by building the capacity of domestic worker organizations and promoting decent work for domestic workers in one or more countries in South Asia and/or Southeast Asia where a significant prevalence of child domestic work exists. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15 2012.


Combating Child Labor among Vulnerable Populations in Ecuador and Panama by Providing Direct Education and Livelihood Services

In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $6.5 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund a technical assistance project(s) to provide improved education and livelihood services to combat child labor among vulnerable populations, including among Afro-descendant, indigenous and migrant populations in Ecuador and Panama. The project will also implement a pilot intervention in Ecuador to address the education and livelihood needs of child laborers affected by disabilities. This education and livelihood services project will complement a separate project to strengthen policy and enforcement actions to combat child labor among vulnerable populations in Ecuador and Panama.


Strengthening Policy and Enforcement to Combat Child Labor among Vulnerable Populations in Ecuador and Panama

The U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $3.5 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to strengthen policies and enforcement capacity to combat child labor among vulnerable populations in Ecuador and Panama, including among Afro-descendant, indigenous, and migrant populations. The cooperative agreement will also facilitate improved coordination among national, regional, and municipal governments in these efforts. The project will promote sharing of project experiences between the two countries and with other countries in the region on efforts to combat child labor among vulnerable populations. In Ecuador, the project will also support policies that focus on the relation between child labor and disabilities. This policy-and-enforcement-focused project will complement a separate project to provide education and livelihood services to combat child labor among vulnerable populations in Ecuador and Panama. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15, 2012.


Web Chat with ILAB on Open Solicitations for Grant Applications

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs will host a web chat on Monday, November 5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (EST), to answer questions about the agency's open Solicitations for Grant Applications. The web-chat, which is text-only, will include a discussion (questions and answers) on the solicitations for cooperative agreement applications for the following:

  • SGA 12-10: Project to Strengthen Policy and Enforcement to Combat Child Labor among Vulnerable Populations in Ecuador and Panama
  • SGA 12-11: Project to Combat Child Labor among Vulnerable Populations in Ecuador and Panama by Providing Direct Education and Livelihoods Services
  • SGA 12-12: Project to Reduce Child Domestic Work by Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers
  • SGA 12-16: Project to Strengthen Protection of Internationally Recognized Labor Rights in Colombia
  • SGA 12-17: Project to Strengthen Worker Organizations in Haiti and Peru

Web Chat with ILAB on FY 2012 Solicitations for Grant Applications

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs will host a web chat on Thursday, September 20 from 9:30 to at 10:30 a.m. (EST), to answer questions about the agency's fiscal year 2012 Solicitations for Grant Applications. The web-chat, which is text-only, will include a discussion (questions and answers) on the solicitations for cooperative agreement applications for the following:


Reducing Child Labor in Burkina Faso.

In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $5 million for one or more cooperative agreements to fund a technical assistance project(s) to support efforts to reduce child labor in geographic areas of Burkina Faso cotton farming and informal artisanal gold mining. The project will support efforts to work with government at the local, regional, and national level to improve methods for reducing child labor in both sectors. The project will support the direct delivery of services to children engaged in child labor or at risk of child labor and their households in communities dependent on cotton or gold production. The deadline for submission of applications is October 15, 2012.


Supporting Local Efforts to Combat Child Labor in Tanzania

In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $10 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund technical assistance project(s) to reduce child labor in Tanzania through an area-based approach in geographic areas where there is a prevalence of child labor in agriculture production and domestic service. The project will work with local entities and build on existing efforts to reduce the worst forms of child labor, including programs to protect orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), increase access to education and promote economic opportunities for Tanzanian households most vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor.


Multiple Projects for FY 2012 Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) published notices of intent to award, through competitive and merit-based processes, cooperative agreements for projects to reduce child labor in the following countries/regions/sectors:


Web Chat with ILAB on FY 2012 Solicitations for Grant Applications
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs will host a web chat on Thursday, August 16 from 9:30 to at 10:30 a.m. (EST), to answer questions about the agency's fiscal year 2012 Solicitations for Grant Applications. The web-chat, which is text-only, will include a discussion (questions and answers) on the solicitations for cooperative agreement applications for the following:


ILAB-OCFT Monitoring, Evaluation, and Training Support Services (Solicitation # DOL121RP21504)
ILAB has issued a new request for proposals for a "Monitoring, Evaluation, and Training Support Services" contract. Support services are being solicited to assist ILAB in monitoring, measuring, evaluating and reporting on agency performance and the effectiveness of its technical assistance programs; developing project-level monitoring and evaluation systems; conducting external implementation evaluations of ILAB funded technical cooperation projects; and providing training to ILAB staff on monitoring and evaluation topics, including newly developed performance monitoring approaches.


ILAB-OTLA 2012 Contract Research Program: Research Supporting Worker Rights, Worker Livelihoods and Vulnerable Populations in Developing Countries (Solicitation # DOL121RQ21500)
ILAB seeks the services of multiple contractors to produce methodologically-rigorous and high-caliber research papers in the following topic areas: monitoring and expanding labor rights for contract labor; involving targets of employment and livelihood policies and programs in program design; and/or how trade affects workers in the informal economy in developing countries. The deadline for submission of proposals is 3pm US-EDT on September 3, 2012.


ILAB-OTLA 2012 Contract Research Program: LABOR RIGHTS INDICATOR PROJECT (Solicitation #DOL121RQ21522)
FOR SMALL BUSINESS COMPETITION ONLY. ILAB seeks a contractor to provide methodologically-rigorous and high-caliber research and support services to help operationalize an indicator-based approach to reporting on internationally recognized labor rights. Collaboration with ILAB staff and management is required for all work. The deadline for submission of proposals is 3pm US-EDT on August 24, 2012.


Combating Child Labor in Cambodia.

In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $10 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to support efforts to reduce child labor in Cambodia with a focus on reducing social exclusion and promoting economic opportunities for the Cambodian households most vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. The deadline for submission of applications is October 2, 2012.


Combating Child Labor in Cambodia

ILAB intends to award, through a competitive and merit-based process, up to $10 million for project(s) to reduce child labor in Cambodia.


Combating Child Labor in Areas of Liberian Rubber Production

In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $6 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund a technical assistance project(s) to support efforts to reduce child labor in rubber growing areas of Liberia. The deadline for submission of applications is October 1, 2012.


Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products

ILAB will award up to $5 million for one or more cooperative agreements to qualifying organizations to pilot test specific elements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains. The deadline for submission of applications is August 20, 2012.


ILAB-OTLA 2012 Contract Research Program: Research Supporting Worker Rights, Worker Livelihoods and Vulnerable Populations in Developing Countries (Solicitation #DOL121RP21428)

ILAB seeks the services of multiple contractors to produce methodologically-rigorous and high-caliber research papers in the following topic areas: monitoring and expanding labor rights for contract labor; or involving targets of employment programs in program design. The deadline for submission of proposals is 3pm US-EDT on May 31, 2012.

Research on Forced Labor

ILAB will award up to $1.25 million through a cooperative agreement to a qualified organization and/or Association to carry out research in eight (8) countries on forced labor in the production of goods, and to develop strategies to assist governments, industries, and/or third parties in taking action to address these problems. The deadline for submission of applications is August 8, 2008.


Building the capacity of the Afghanistan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled

ILAB announces the availability of funds in the amount of U.S. $500,000 to be awarded by Cooperative Agreement to a qualifying organization for the purpose of building the capacity of the Afghanistan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled to increase knowledge of the labor code and internationally-recognized core labor principles among the judiciary and the public. The closing date for applications is August 14, 2008.

  • Learn more about SGA 08-10 and the application process at grants.gov.

Bidders’ Meeting on FY 2008 Solicitation for Cooperative Agreement Applications (SGA 08-01)

ILAB held a Bidders’ Meeting for potential applicants in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2008.


Combating exploitive child labor in Guinea, Jordan, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and Yemen

ILAB will award up to $20.5 million in cooperative agreement awards to organizations to combat exploitive child labor in Guinea, Jordan, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and Yemen. The deadline for submission of applications is June 24, 2008.


International Child Labor Elimination Projects in Fiscal Year 2008

A Federal Register notice, published April 8, 2008, states that ILAB intends to obligate approximately USD 21 million to organizations to address child labor and forced labor internationally. ILAB intends to award cooperative agreements to support efforts to address exploitive child labor in the following five countries: Guinea, Jordan, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and Yemen. ILAB also intends to award a cooperative agreement to support research on forced labor in selected countries to be determined.

  • View the Federal Register Notice [Text] [PDF]