Measurement, Awareness-Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP 16) Project on Child Labor and Forced Labor in Support of Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7

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Project Duration: December 2016 - December 2020

Fiscal Year & Funding Amount:
FY2016: USD 9,580,000FY2017: USD 7,500,000

The Problem

An estimated 168 million children work in child labor around the world, and an estimated 21 million children and adults suffer under forced labor conditions.  Despite the progress that has been made globally in addressing child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking, ending these abusive practices will require an acceleration of efforts and greater concerted global action. 

Our Strategy

The MAP 16 project will address knowledge gaps on child labor, forced labor and human trafficking through conducting research and developing new survey methodologies; improving awareness of these issues through the use of data-driven techniques; strengthening policies and the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking; and supporting more coordinated global action to accelerate progress towards eradicating child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. This project will also provide support to Alliance 8.7, a global partnership for addressing these labor rights abuses, helping improve coordination of efforts and creating an information hub to encourage the replication of best practices to end these practices.


Specific activities include  data collection about child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking at the national, regional, and sectoral levels; analysis of risk factors associated with child labor, forced labor and human trafficking; and impact evaluations of policies to address these problems. MAP 16 will also create a knowledge platform for exchange of information on child labor and forced labor and develop communications tools, including innovative applications and graphical presentations of data. MAP 16 will provide training for the next generation of researchers; engage with businesses and other partners to address child labor and forced labor in supply chains; support regional and sub-regional initiatives to eradicate child labor and forced labor; and support enhanced coordination of policy guidance on child labor and forced labor of children across United Nations organizations and build capacity to accelerate implementation of effective action.

Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)

Implementing Partners:
Understanding Children’s Work (UCW)

Contact Information: (202) 693-4843 / Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)