ILAB in the South & Central Asia

South & Central Asia


Title Amount Location Grantee Start Sort ascending End

Improving Respect for Workers’ Rights in Bangladesh

This project aims to improve labor conditions in the construction, garment, shrimp farming, and tea sectors, with a focus on gender-based violence and harassment, occupational safety and health, and climate change and environmental degradation.

$3,000,000 Bangladesh Solidarity Center 10/01/2022 09/30/2026

Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Industry

This project seeks to improve labor conditions and prevent forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry by strengthening workers’ and employers’ ability to promote adherence to international labor standards.

$2,000,000 Uzbekistan Solidarity Center 08/26/2022 08/25/2024

Catalyzing Civil Society to Accelerate Progress Against Child Labor (Catalyst)

The project aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations around the world to advance the fight against child labor by raising the voices of workers, advocates, and other civil society representatives.

$4,000,000 Global, Nepal, Peru, Uganda Global March Against Child Labor 12/15/2021 12/14/2025

STREAMS – Supply Chain Tracing and Engagement Methodologies

The STREAMS project seeks to increase downstream tracing of goods made by child labor and forced labor.  The project is developing a comprehensive analytical framework for use by a broad set of stakeholders to categorize supply chains and methods for tracing and validating supply chain connections.  The project will disseminate the supply chain tracing tools and methodologies to enable and promote adoption by diverse actors across sectors.

$4,000,000 Global, India Verité 12/10/2020 06/09/2025

Global Trace Protocol Project

The Global Trace Protocol Project by ELEVATE seeks to increase downstream tracing of goods made by child labor and forced labor. The project is designed to address the barriers in supply chain traceability, and result in the development and sharing of open, accessible and replicable tools that can advance the knowledge base on supply chain tracing and scale the adoption of traceability solutions by various actors in different sectors.

$4,000,000 Congo, Democratic Republic of the (DRC), Global, Pakistan ELEVATE Limited 12/10/2020 12/09/2024


The Sakriya project (Sakriya means "active" in Nepali) worked to build the capacity of Nepalese civil society to more effectively detect and combat forced child labor and other labor abuses in Nepal's brick, embroidery, and carpet weaving sectors. It leveraged partnerships across Nepal's child protection networks to facilitate access to services for survivors of labor abuses and to reduce the risk that adults and children will be forced into harmful work in these sectors.

$2,850,000 Nepal World Education 10/01/2018 07/30/2022


The Child Labor Improvements in Bangladesh (CLIMB) project built the capacity of civil society to more effectively detect and combat forced child labor and other labor abuses in the dried fish sector in Bangladesh. It leveraged partnerships with academic and community-based organizations to build a grassroots movement, empower vulnerable families, connect survivors to services and reduce the risk that children would be forced into this harmful work.

$2,250,000 Bangladesh Winrock International 12/15/2017 05/31/2021

Measurement, Awareness-Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP 16) Project on Child Labor and Forced Labor

The United States supports the goal of bringing meaningful change to the lives of the 152 million child laborers and the 25 million adults and children in forced labor around the world by eradicating child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.

$23,945,000 Argentina, Brazil, Burma, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the (DRC), Costa Rica, Fiji, Global, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste International Labor Organization (ILO) 12/09/2016 12/31/2023

From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labor (The Bridge Project)

$18,745,138 Global, Malaysia, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Uzbekistan International Labor Organization (ILO) 09/30/2015 07/31/2023

Support for the Implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme in Uzbekistan

This project built the capacity among national and local stakeholders to advocate for a reduction in child labor and forced labor and to promote fundamental principles and rights at work through the framework of the Decent Work Country Program agreement between the Government of Uzbekistan and the ILO.

$6,000,000 Uzbekistan International Labor Organization (ILO) 12/19/2014 12/31/2020