Global Action Program (GAP) on Child Labor Issues


The Problem

In November 2010, members of the ILO’s Governing Body formally endorsed a Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor by 2016. This project aims to support and further the goals of the Roadmap. Many countries have taken measures to address child labor and forced labor but significant gaps still remain.

Our Strategy

Project Objectives: The GAP project will focus on (1) building the capacity of national governments and developing strategic policies to address the elimination of child labor and forced labor; (2) improving the evidence base through data collection and research; and (3) strengthening legal protections and social service delivery for child domestic workers

Summary of Activities:

The project is designed to reach these objectives through the following activities:

Capacity Building

  • Identify gaps in the child labor legal/regulatory framework in target countries
  • Provide technical assistance to key stakeholders to more effectively monitor and enforce child labor laws and regulations
  • Assist target countries in developing National Action Plans or other policies to address child labor and forced labor
  • Assist target countries in developing policies to address populations vulnerable to child labor and forced labor


  • Conduct national and sector-specific child labor and forced labor surveys
  • Develop child labor modules to existing impact evaluations
  • Produce country-level situational analysis and policy appraisal reports in target countries
  • Produce multi-country studies on topics that influence child labor and forced labor
  • Build research capacity of local research institutions to collect data on child labor and forced labor

Protection of Child Domestic Workers

  • Identify gaps in legal protections and social services in target countries
  • Design policy frameworks to protect child domestic workers in target countries
  • Pilot programs to protect child domestic workers 


GAP_FY11_meval.pdf (828.99 KB)
GAP_FY11_feval.pdf (1.26 MB)
International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners:
Catering, and Allied Workers/International Domestic Workers Network, Agricultural, Global March to End Child Labor, Hotel, International Union of Food, Restaurant, Tobacco
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4843 / Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)
Child Labor
Awareness Raising
Capacity Building
Data Collection