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ILAB News Release: [05/13/2013]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Egan Reich
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x4960
Email:
Della.Gloria.D@dol.gov or Reich.Egan@dol.gov
Release Number: 13-0615-NAT

US Labor Department solicits applications for $7 million agreement to expand international knowledge base on child labor

WASHINGTON — A solicitation for a $7 million cooperative agreement to implement a global research project to expand the knowledge base on child labor was announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Although many countries have made meaningful efforts to combat child labor, the limited availability of reliable data and research prevents them from designing effective policies and programs to eliminate the worst forms. This project will advance ILAB's ongoing effort to increase international knowledge on this topic through data collection and analysis in 10 countries, and updates on statistics covering child work and education for approximately 100 countries.

The selected applicant will conduct original data collection and analysis in collaboration with host governments in Armenia, Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Peru and Tanzania. The project also will carry out country policy appraisals that will include in-depth analysis of survey data, reviews of existing policy and programmatic efforts to combat child labor, and suggested actions to advance the elimination of exploitative child labor in the short- and medium-term, including resource requirements associated with key actions.

Applicants must respond to the entire scope of work outlined in the solicitation and demonstrate a proven ability to manage complex projects designed to implement quantitative research and conduct policy analysis.

Applications must be submitted by July 12, 2013, at 5 p.m. EDT electronically via http://www.grants.gov or as hard copies to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Procurement Services, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S-4307, Washington, DC 20210, Attention: Brenda White. The cooperative agreement will be awarded by Dec. 31. The solicitation for grant applications (SCA-13-05) is available online at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/grants/ and http://www.grants.gov.

Congress appropriated funds for ILAB to conduct international technical cooperation projects to combat the worst forms of child labor as defined by the International Labor Organization Convention 182, which can be found at http://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=NORMLEXPUB:12100:0::NO:12100:P12100_ILO_CODE:C182. ILAB grants help rescue children from exploitative labor through the provision of education and other services, support the collection of reliable data on child labor and help strengthen the capacity of governments to address child labor in a sustainable way.