Global Research on Child Labor Measurement and Policy Development (MAP 13)

Project Duration
November 2013
November 2018
Funding and Year

The Problem

Though many countries have made meaningful efforts to combat child labor, many gaps still remain. One major gap is the limited availability of recent and reliable data to assess the nature and extent of child labor and to design sustainable solutions. Countries often lack information about the number of children working, the locations and industries in which children work, the type of work children perform, and the working conditions to which children are exposed. Closing information gaps through the use of reliable data can help countries more effectively address child labor.

Our Strategy

Development Objective:

Increasing the knowledge base around child labor, including through statistical and policy analysis, to accelerate targeted action against child labor leading up to the 2016 global target date for eliminating the worst forms of child labor. To this effect, the project will collect new data of child work, analyze existing data, and build capacity around research in this area. The project will also systematically identify existing efforts and necessary short and medium-term actions to enable target governments to develop comprehensive national strategies to combat exploitative child labor. This will be done through the following immediate objectives:

  1. Improving information on working children, child labor, and hazardous work in each target country or sector through data collection and in-depth analysis, including prevalence estimates representative at the national or sectoral-level;
  2. Analyzing existing policy and programmatic frameworks to combat child labor and identifying priority areas for additional action;
  3. Increasing capacity of national statistical offices in host countries to collect and analyze nationallyrepresentative data on working children and child labor, including the worst forms of child labor.
  4. Enhancing the evidence base on child labor by updating country-level statistics for core education and child work indicators.

Summary of Activities:

  • Nationally-representative data collection through national child labor surveys in nine countries and a sector-specific survey in one country;
  • Production of survey reports that include discussions of key survey findings;
  • Development of policy appraisals to assist national governments and other stakeholders in designing strategies to combat the worst forms of child labor;
  • Dissemination of research on child labor, including through preparation and publication of public-use datasets and data dictionaries
  • Capacity building of host governments’ national statistical offices to design and implement data collection and analysis on children’s work and child labor
  • Updates of statistics for core child work and education indicators for approximately 100 countries for which new datasets are available