Together Against Child Labor in Tunisia
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Project Duration: September 2016 - August 2020

Fiscal Year & Funding Amount:
FY2016: USD 3,000,000

The Problem

A significant number of children in Tunisia engage in exploitative child labor, many of whom are among the estimated 100,000 children who drop out of school each year. Lacking in education and skills, these children are ill-equipped to enter the formal job market when they come of age. Further, these children are vulnerable to human trafficking and to becoming child soldiers. Especially in rural areas, children are most often found working in the informal sector, disconnected from government services, in workshops, on farms, or in businesses run by their families.  Children are also engaged in forced domestic work and in smuggling illicit goods in border areas.

Our Strategy

In support of Tunisia’s Child Labor National Action Plan, the project will work with key Government and civil society stakeholders, especially the National Child Labor Steering Committee, to reduce the prevalence of child labor and strengthen the technical and operational abilities of these groups. Research will be undertaken to better understand the nature, prevalence and harmfulness of child labor. The project will also establish coordination mechanisms for social service provision to vulnerable children, while also working with service providers to increase the comprehensiveness of efforts to ensure that a range of needs are met.  Additionally, the project will increase awareness among families and employers of the dangers of child labor and the importance of keeping children safe and in school. 

Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)

Implementing Partners:
Tunisia’s Ministry of Social Affairs (MSA); Ministry of Education; the Ministry of WomenFamily and Children; the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment; the Ministry of Interior; the Ministry of Justice; the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT); the Tunisian Union of IndustryTrade and Handicrafts (UTICA); the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fishery (UTAP); and other civil society partners.

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